Dr. Nirmala D. Sirisena

MBBS, MSc.(Clinical Genetics), PhD

Clinical Geneticist

Senior Lecturer

Human Genetics Unit, Department of Anatomy

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Dr. Sirisena, is a Senior Lecturer and Clinical Geneticist in the Department of Anatomy/Human Genetics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo since September 2014. Her special interests are Clinical Genetics, Dysmorphology, Cancer Genetics and Genomics, Genomic Medicine and Functional Genomics. She provides clinical care and genetic counseling for patients with diverse genetic diseases attending the genetics clinic at the Human Genetics Unit. She is also involved in teaching clinical genetics and genomics to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Faculty and co-ordinating research work related to both clinical genetics and cancer genomics.

She spearheads the cancer genetics programme in the Unit and has been involved in integrating next-generation sequencing based cancer gene panel testing to the repertoire of services offered through the clinic. She is also the Departmental co-ordinator overseeing the international electives programme which provides short-term training for overseas undergraduate medical students in the areas of anatomy, histology, embryology and genetics.

She has presented her research work both locally and abroad and has authored numerous publications arising out of the Unit, which have won several awards including the Daphne Attygalle Award for the best paper in Cancer at the Sri Lanka Medical Association 130 th Anniversary International Medical Congress 2017 and the Korean Breast Cancer Foundation Scholarship award for outstanding oral presentation at the Global Breast Cancer Conference 2017 at Jeju Island, South Korea. Her current research work involves characterizing the molecular genetic determinants of sporadic breast cancer in a cohort of Sri Lankan women.