Ramethaa Pirathiban did her undergraduate studies at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, completing a BSc (Hons) in Statistics in 2011. Following her graduation, she joined the Department of Statistics and Computer Science, University of Peradeniya as a Temporary Lecturer teaching Statistical programming for the first-year undergraduate students. In 2013, she received the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Postgraduate Research Award to pursue her PhD in Applied statistics at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical & Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS), QUT under the supervision of Associate Professor Sama Low Choy and Professor Tony Pettitt. Her PhD was on incorporating expert knowledge into statistical models to answer real world problems in landscape ecology.
In 2017, Ramethaa joined the Centre for Biometrics and Data Science for Sustainable Primary Industries (CBADS-SPI), in the National Institute for Applied Statistics Research (NIASRA) as an Associate Research fellow to work on the Statistics for the Australian Grains Industry (SAGI) project funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Most recently, Ramethaa has been awarded a University of Wollongong Prioritising Emerging Research Leaders (PERL) Fellowship 2021, to be located in the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics. As a UOW PERL Fellow, she will engage in research activities that align with UOW’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan and priorities.