Sanjaya Senanayake is an Associate Professor and infectious diseases specialist at the ANU College of Health and Medicine.

He is an infectious diseases physician in full-time clinical practice in Canberra. He has been a medical media expert for over 15 years, culminating in about 700 local and international TV interviews during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Associate Professor Senanayake has a strong interest in emerging infectious diseases, with the publication in 2023 of the first human case in the world of Ophidascaris robertsi — where a live worm was pulled from his patient’s brain. This ended up being the most-read story in the history of the Guardian Australia.

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