Dr Siva Sarasanandarajah

Position

Consultant

School /
Work Unit

School of Health and Biomedical Sciences

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 7075

siva.sarasanandarajah@rmit.edu.au

Location

Building: 201
Level: 02
Room: 010

Bundoora West campus

College/Portfolio

Science, Engineering and Health

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. (Medical Physics), University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2007
  • P.G.Dip.Sc (Distinction, Medical Physics), University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2004
  • Certificate of Proficiency ( Physics Education Research), University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2004
  • M.Sc (Medical Physics), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1999
  • B.Sc. Honours (Physics), University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, 1994

Awards, Scholarships and Fellowships

  • Endeavour Executive Award -2013 Internationally competitive award for high achievers by Australian Government
  • Scholarship awarded by Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists to attend the Combined Scientific conference and workshop, Brisbane, Australia, 2009
  • Awarded University of Canterbury Doctoral Scholarship and Novasol Scholarship at University of Canterbury, New Zealand (2003-2007).
  • Awarded Research Fellowship at Lund University, Sweden (2002-2003).
  • Awarded International Atomic Energy Agency (I.A.E.A) Fellowship to follow a training course at Chiba Cancer Center &National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Japan (2001-2002).
  • Awarded IAEA Fellowship to attend the IAEA-TRS 398 workshop at National Cancer Center, Singapore November-December 2007
  • Awarded “Mahapola Merit Scholarship” by Sri Lankan Government for Bachelors study 1988.
  • Various other travel awards, grants and scholarships to attend conferences and workshops in Japan, Sweden, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Canada, Brazil, Denmark, Austria, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, U.K

Employment history

  • Senior Scientist ( Senior Medical Physicist), Department of Physical Sciences, Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, Melbourne, Australia ( From February 2013)
  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia ( From march 2016)
  • Research Supervisor/Senior Lecturer, School of Medical Sciences, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia ( From July 2013)
  • Visiting Scientist, Department of Medical Physics, Ottawa Hospital Cancer and Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada ( October – December 2013)
  • Affiliate Lecturer in Medical Physics, The University of Adelaide, Australia (From 2010)
  • Scientist (Medical Physicist), Department of Medical Physics, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia ( Dec 2008 – Feb 2013)
  • Visiting Lecturer in Medical Radiation Science, University of South Australia (2009 – 2012)
  • Visiting Lecturer/ Consultant in Radiotherapy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka ( From 2010)
  • Medical Physicist, Department of Radiation Oncology, Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand ( 2006- 2008)
  • Teaching and Research Assistant, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand ( 2003- 2006)
  • Research Assistant, Department of Radiation Physics, Malmo University Hospital, Lund University, Sweden ( 2002/2003)
  • IAEA Fellow, Chiba Cancer Centre and National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba, Japan ( 2001/2002)
  • Lecturer cum Physicist in Medical Physics, Faculty of Medicine and Teaching Hospital, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka ( 1995 – 2006)
  • Assistant Lecturer, Department of Physics, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka (1993- 1995)

Research interests

  • Radiation Dosimetry
  • Portal Dosimetry,
  • Intensity Modulation Radiation Therapy,
  • Radiation Detectors, Biosensors
  • Total Boddy Irradiation,
  • Medical Imaging (CBCT, 4DCT, Optical Imaging)

List of publications and scholarly work

International Patents

  • Lou Reinisch and Sivananthan Sarasanandarajah (2006), System for spore detection, Patent no: 11/470 110
  • Lou Reinisch and Sivananthan Sarasanandarajah (2005), A Method to detect Bacterial spores, Patent no: 60/719 930

Publications in peer reviewed international journals

  • Omemh Bawazeer, Siva Sarasanandarajah, Sisira Herath, Tomas Kron and Pradip Deb, Dosimetric Characteristics of the Cine Acquisition Mode of An A-Si EPID, Med. Phys. 43, 3523 (2016)
  • Zehtabian M , Faghihi R, Mosleh-Shirazi, Shepherd J, Mohammadi M, Sarasanandarajah, S and Higgs B, A phantom-based comparison of planning target volumes of lung tumor and organs a risk dose reduction between 4D-CT and 3D-CT (2016) (In preparation)
  • Omemh Bawazeer, Sisira Herath 2, Siva Sarasanandarajah, Tomas Kron and Pradip Deb, Dosimetric Characteristic of Cine Acquisition Mode of a-Si EPID using Integrated Mode as Reference Standard, (2016) (Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, Submitted)
  • W.H Round, T.Kron, S.Sarasanandarajah et.al, Brief histories of medical physics in Asia-Oceania, Journal of Australasian Physical &Engineering Sciences in Medicine, Volume 38, Issue 3, 381--398 (2015)
  • Omemh Bawazeer, Sisira Herath 2, Siva Sarasanandarajah, Tomas Kron and Pradip Deb, Commercial Dosimtery of Electronic Portal Imaging Device using for Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy Technique, World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering proceedings, 533-555 ... edited by David A. Jaffray (2015)
  • Omemh Bawazeer, Sisira Herath 2, Siva Sarasanandarajah, Tomas Kron and Pradip Deb, Comparison of Dosimetric Characteristics Between Integrated and Cine Acquisition Modes of a-Si EPID (2015) World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Toronto, Canada.
  • Omemh Bawazeer, Sisira Herath 2, Siva Sarasanandarajah, Tomas Kron and Pradip Deb, Current Status of a-Si EPID Dosimtery: An Application for Dose Verification in Standard Radiotherapy Techniques (2015) World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Toronto, Canada.
  • Zehtabian M, Faghihi R, Mosleh-Shirazi , Shepherd J, Mohammadi M, Sarasanandarajah, S and Higgs B, A Phantom-Based Comparison of Lung Tumor Planning Target Volumes and Organs a Risk Dose Reduction Between 4D-CT and 3D-CT, Med. Phys. 40, 178 (2013)
  • Joseph Kunnil, Sivananthan Sarasanandarajah, Easaw Chacko, Barry Swartz and Lou Reinisch. Effect of Washing on the Identification of Bacillus spores by Principal Components Analysis of Fluorescence Data. Applied Optics, Volume 45, Issue 15, (2006)
  • Sivananthan Sarasanandarajah, Joseph Kunnil, Burt V.Bronk and Lou Reinisch. Two dimensional Multi Wavelength Fluorescence Spectra of Dipicolinic Acid and Calcium Dipicolinate. Applied Optics, Volume 44, Issue 7, 1182-1187 (2005).
  • Sivananthan Sarasanandarajah, Joseph Kunnil, Easaw Chacko, Burt V.Bronk and Lou Reinisch. Reversible changes in fluorescence of bacterial endospores found in aerosols due to hydration/drying. Journal of Aerosol Science. Volume 36, Issue 5-6, 689-699 (2005).
  • Lou Reinisch, Joseph Kunnil and Sivananthan Sarasanandarajah. Anthrax detector development. New Zealand Science Review, Volume 62, Issue 1-2, 23-25 (2005)
  • Joseph Kunnil, Sivananthan Sarasanandarajah, Easaw Chacko, Barry Swartz and Lou Reinisch. Identification of Bacillus spores Using Clustering of Principal Components of Fluorescence Data. Aerosol Science and Technology. Volume 39, Number 9, 842-848 (2005).
  • Joseph Kunnil, Sivananthan Sarasanandarajah, Easaw Chacko, Barry Swartz and Lou Reinisch. Fluorescence quantum efficiency of dry Bacillus globigii spores. Optics Express. Volume 13, Number 22, 8969- 8979 (2005)
  • Zehtabian M, Faghihi R, Mosleh-Shirazi, Shepherd J, Mohammadi M, Sarasanandarajah, S and Higgs B, A phantom-based comparison of planning target volumes of lung tumor and organs a risk dose reduction between 4D-CT and 3D-CT (2013), AAPM Annul Meeting- August 4-8, 2013, Indiana, USA
  • Sivananthan Sarasanandarajah, Rapid Luminescence detection of bacterial spores using Ultraviolet radiation, International Conference on Solid State Dosimetry (SSD-16), 19-24 September 2010, Sydney, Australia
  • Sivananthan Sarasanandarajah, Identifying Components (fluorophores) of Ultraviolet-Visible Fluorescence of Bacillus globigii, Light in Life Science Conference 2009, 24-27 November, 2009, Melbourne, Australia
  • Sivananthan Sarasanandarajah, Joseph Kunnil, Easaw Chacko, and Lou Reinisch. Effects of hydration on the detection and identification of Bacillus bacterial spores usingtwo-dimensional fluorescence spectroscopy. The conference on Engineering and the Physical Sciences in Medicine (EPSM), Adelaide, Australia, 23rd – 27th October, 2005.
  • Lou Reinisch, Easaw Chacko, Joseph Kunnil and Sivananthan Sarasanandarajah. The robust nature of fluorescence identification of bacterial spores. The conference on Engineering and the Physical Sciences in Medicine (EPSM), Adelaide, Australia, 23rd – 27th October, 2005
  • Sivananthan Sarasanandarajah, Joseph Kunnil, Easaw Chacko, Burt V.Bronk and Lou Reinisch.. Reversible effect of Hydration on Bacillus globigii probed withFluorescence Spectroscopy. The Pittsburgh Conference (pittcon) on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Orlando, FL, USA, Feb 27 –March 4, 2005.
  • Sivananthan Sarasanandarajah, Joseph Kunnil, Easaw Chacko, Burt V.Bronk and Lou Reinisch.. Reversible effect of Hydration on bacterial spores probed withFluorescence Spectroscopy. The conference on NZPEM, Christchurch, New Zealand, 22nd &23rd November, 2004.
  • Joseph Kunnil, Sivananthan Sarasanandarajah, Easaw Chacko, Barry Swartz and Lou Reinisch. Auto fluorescence of Bacillus globigii: A Comparative study of dry sporesand spores in aqueous and ethanol suspensions. The Pittsburgh Conference(pittcon) on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Orlando, FL,USA, Feb 27 –March 4, 2005.

Extra curricular and professional activities

  • Ordinary Member, Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM).
  • Reviewer for the Journal of Medical Physics, Iranian Journal of Medical Physics, Journal of Applied optics,
  • Visiting Lecturer, Reviewer and External Examiner, M.Sc program in Medical Physics, Department of Nuclear Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Reviewer and External Examiner, Radiotherapy B.Sc program, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka
  • Reviewer/Consultant for Radiotherapy B.Sc degree program, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • External Examiner/Moderator for medical physics course unit, B.Sc degree program, Department of Physics, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
  • Committee Member, Asia Pacific Special Interest Group, ACPSEM,
  • Joint Program Rep, SA branch of ACPSEM 2009-2013
  • Member, Engineering and Physical Sciences in Medicine (EPSM)-2011 committee, Darwin
  • Member, Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia
  • Member, Medical Scientists Association of Victoria, Australia
  • Community Service, Adelaide Language School, Ethnic School Association of South Australia ( 2008- 2013)
  • Life member of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of science.
  • Senate Member, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka from February 1999 to August 2001.
  • Student Counselor, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka from Nov 1999 to Aug 2001.