Dr Thiloka Ratnaike qualified with a MBBS PhD (2013) from Newcastle University and following some time working in Australia, she is currently working as a clinical ST4 Paediatric trainee in Ipswich Hospital. Despite completing her NIHR academic clinical fellowship in 2020, under the supervision of Prof Patrick Chinnery, she still continues to work towards her goal of improving diagnosis of patients with mitochondrial disease globally.
Her current work involves using a manually curated database of phenotype and genotype data from all published patients with a pathogenic mitochondrial DNA variant to determine variants of interest in patients within large sequencing projects.
Thiloka also helps run the regional Paediatric Pint of Science meetings which run quarterly and allow trainees to learn about research skills, and understand research endeavours within the region. She is also a member of the RCPCH Trainee Research Network and has an ambition of creating a virtual network in the East of England that can allow clinical trainees to link into academic projects, regardless of hospital placement.