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Dr. Palamakumbura earned a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka before moving to the United States for higher studies. She earned a PhD in Biochemistry from Northern Illinois University. After graduating, she joined the research faculty at Boston University where she worked on cancer research for 17 years. In 2015, Dr. Palamakumbura joined the science department of Mount Alvernia High School to teach chemistry and physics. She is also the moderator of MAHS’s Science Club. As a proud woman in science, Dr. Palamakumbura is passionate about introducing the next generation’s women to STEM.

During the 2021-2022 school year, Dr. Palamakumbura is teaching Grade 11 Honors and CP Chemistry, and Grade 8 Physical Science. Students of these classes will experience hands-on laboratory learning and engaging projects that coincides with the subject matter.