Dhammika Atapattu BS, MBBS, MD, PhD

Dhammika Atapattu

Medical Education

Contact Information
Email: AtapattuD@calmedu.org

Faculty Appointment

Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and Medical Education

Administrative Appointments

Assistant Dean of Global Health


BSc, MSc: University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
MD: Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka/RCPath (Medical Microbiology)
PhD: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Diplomat in Medical Microbiology


Dr. Dhammika Atapattu is Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases at CalMed, and an adjunct honorary fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to his current position, he was an Associate Professor at California Northstate University College of Medicine in Elk Grove, CA, a Senior Microbiologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Senior Scientist/Director of Cell Biology Research at BioSentinel Pharmaceuticals Inc./University of Wisconsin. He received post-MD training at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD and at Johns Hopkins University / Bayview Medical Center.

Research Interests

  • Clinical/Diagnostic Microbiology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology of Bacterial toxins
  • In-vitro and Cell-based assay development
  • Biofilm biology
  • Global Health Research