Awards and Orations

Special Distinctions

  • 1997
    George Fleming Prize
    George Fleming Prize in 1997, for the most meritorious paper published in TheVeterinary Journal, 1996 titled “Development of a diagnostic DNA probe to detect Setaria digitata: The causative parasite of cerebrospinal nematodiasis in goats, sheep and horses”

National Research Awards

  • 2019
    National Science Foundation Research Award
    National Science Foundation Research Award for Scientific excellence: Certificate of commendation 2019.
  • 2017
    NRC Merit Award
    NRC Merit Award for Scientific Publications 2015- Awarded by the National Research Council Sri Lanka- 2017.
  • 2016
    NRC Merit Award
    NRC Merit Award for Scientific Publications 2014- Awarded by the National Research Council Sri Lanka- 2016.
  • 2015
    NSF Research Award
    NSF Research Award 2014 for Scientific excellence- Awarded by the National Science Foundation Sri Lanka, 2015.
  • 2014
    President’s Award
    President’s Award for Scientific Publication 2012- President of Sri Lanka, 2014.
  • 2009
    President’s Research Award
    President’s Research Award 2009.
  • 2002
    Vice-Chancellor’s Award
    Vice-Chancellor’s Award in Recognition of Excellence in Research, Years 1999,2000/2001, April 2002.
  • 2001
    President’s Research Award
    President’s Research Award 2001.
  • 1999
    Merit Award
    Merit Award, General Research Committee. Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (1999).

Awards Received for Scientific Communications at Conferences

  • 2019
    Best poster award
    Perera SM, Chinthaka SGM2, Wijayarathna C, Wijesundera WSS, Seneviratne G and Jayasena SMT(2019). High efficiency degradation of crude oil by aspergillus sp. Mm1. 27th FAOBMB & 44th Annual conference, October, (AB-03). Best poster award.
  • 2019
    Bus stop talk competition
    Karunaratne SR, Wijesundera WSS, Umayal B, Kajan M, Rishard MRM, Bambaranda BGIK, Wijeyaratne CN (2019). Anti Müllerian Hormone- a fight against polycystic ovary syndrome. Postgraduate Research Community day, Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo.30th October 2019. 2nd Place at the Bus stop talk competition.
  • 2017
    Oral Presentation
    Karunanayake UPACS, Gunaratne LG, Chandrasekharan NV and Wijesundera WSS (2017). Cloning and expression of recombinant fruit bromelain of Ananas comosus in prokaryotic host system. University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo Sri Lanka, p 214.
    1st Place for the Oral Presentation.
  • 2017
    Poster Presentation
    Umayal B, Jayakody SN, Chandrasekharan NV, Wijesundera WSS, Wijeyaratne CN (2017). Genotyping common FSHR polymorphisms in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) by high resolution melting (HRM) analysis University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, p 219. 2nd Place for the Poster Presentation.
  • 2016
    Oral Presentation
    Wanigasekara WMJMB, Jayasena SMT, Witharana AWCP, Mathew CPDW, Wijesundera WSS (2016). Cloning of DNA polymerase gene from thermophilic Bacillus licheniformis into an E.coli expression system. University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium 2016, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, p 246. 1st Place for the Oral Presentation.
  • 2016
    Oral Presentation
    Wanigasekara WMJMB, Jayasena SMT, Witharana AWCP, Mathew CPDW, Wijesundera WSS (2016). Cloning of alkaline protease gene from thermophilic Bacillus licheniformis into an E.coli expression system. 3RD Edition of the Young Researchers in Biosciences International Symposium Cluj- Napoca, Romania. Abs. p 32. 3rd Place for the Oral Presentation.
  • 2015
    Poster Presentation
    Karunaratne RE, Wijesundera WSS, Perera AJ, Vidanagama D, Adikaram CP. (2015). Mutations in the katG gene of isoniazid (INAH) resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTb) isolates in Sri Lanka. 7thAnnual Sessions and Symposium, Sri Lanka College of Pulmonologists, October 2015. 1st Place for the Poster Presentation.
  • 2015
    Poster Presentation
    Chandrasekara CHWMRB, Wijesundera WSS, Perera HN, Chong SS, Babu ISR (20150. Screening first degree relatives for fragile X syndrome carrier status. Annual Research Symposium University of Colombo, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. p 103. 3rd Place for the Poster Presentation
  • 2015
    Oral Presentation
    Karunaratne ER., Wijesundera WSS, Perera AJ, Vidanagama D, Adikaram CP. (2015). Novel point mutation in the promoter region of the inhA gene causing isoniazid (INAH) resistance in clinical Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTb) isolates in Sri Lanka. Annual Research Symposium University of Colombo, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. p 85. 2nd Place for the Oral Presentation.
  • 2014
    Oral Presentation
    Chandrasekara CHWMRB, Wijesundera WSS, Perera H, Chong SS, Babu ISR (2014). Screening for CGG repeat expansions in FMR 1 gene among children attending special schools in Sri Lanka. Annual research Symposium University of Colombo, Faculty of Medicine of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. P 143. 1st Place, Oral Presentation.
  • 2012
    Oral Presentation
    Adikaram CP, Perera J, Wijesundera SS (2012). The manual mycobacteria growth indicator tube and the nitrate reductase assay for the rapid detection of rifampicin resistance of M. Tuberculosis in low resource settings. Ceylon National Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis (CNAPT) Award 2012-by the Sri Lanka Medical Association.

Orations

  • 2014
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