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Mar
27

Virtual Screening of Inhibitors Against Spike Glycoprotein of 2019 Novel Corona Virus: a Drug Repurposing Approach

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a human and animal pathogen recently emerged in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province of China, causing a spectrum of severe respiratory illnesses.Corona viruses makes entry in to human cells through its spike protein that binds to cell surface receptors. Wide spread of 2019-nCoV has been attributed to relatively […]

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Mar
24

IDEA Project: “IDEA: Identification and Characterization of emerging pathogens”

Realizing the need to strengthen capacities in rapid and reliable infectious disease identification and characterization, the Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences has initiated a collaborative project with the Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany. To facilitate this, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Colombo entered into a cooperation agreement with the President of the Robert Koch Institute [...]
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Jan
08

The First US patent to University of Colombo

With the intension of value addition to Sri Lanka’s natural resources by showcasing the benefits of coupling natural science with Biotechnology, a National Research Council funded project was conducted by a team of academics of the Faculties of Science and Medicine. A wide survey of macrofungi was conducted and the collection was screened for anticancer [...]
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Aug
13

‘Waste to Treat Waste’: A revolutionary waste management process for the textile industry

A revolutionary filter technology developed at the University of Colombo use aluminium waste for treating wastewater in the textile industry. The new process is a sustainable closed-loop model that creatively uses the waste from aluminium anodizing to treat the wastewater from textile industry and any waste left at the end is converted into eco-bricks. A [...]
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Oct
08

Waste to wealth from Banana

Banana is the major fruit crop grown in Sri Lanka and it represents nearly 58% of the total extent of fruit crop cultivation. Banana gives a year-round production and can be grown up to 1500 m of elevation.  The total annual production of the crop is about 1.4 Mn tons and Banana can be cultivated […]

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Dec
10

Effect of Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Ceylon cinnamon) on blood glucose and lipid levels in rats

First study done in Sri Lanka using an animal model to study effects of Ceylon cinnamon. Funded by an IRQUE grant, University of Colombo.

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Oct
16

Genetic Determinants of Sporadic Breast Cancer in Sri Lankan Women

This is the first study to investigate the association of genetic polymorphisms in breast cancer related genes and the haplotypes defined by them with the risk and clinicopathological profile of sporadic breast cancer among Sri Lankan postmenopausal women. Identifying genetic variations that could be used to detect women destined to develop postmenopausal breast cancer later […]

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Oct
10

Serological response following anti-rabies immunization in a representative canine population in Sri Lanka

  Serological response following anti-rabies immunization in a representative canine population in Sri Lanka. Another section on dog ecology and assessment of knowledge on rabies was added to extend the study for a PhD This was a more detailed and comparative study compared to project I in the same line involving stray and domestic canines […]

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Oct
10

Determination of efficacy and virus neutralizing antibody levels in canines

  Determination of efficacy and virus neutralizing antibody levels in canines before  and after immunization with anti-rabies vaccine – conducted in Kotte, Sri Lanka This was the first comparative study done in Sri Lanka  to investigate immunogenicity following anti-rabies vaccination in a selected dog population involving domestic canines Both projects were funded by the National […]

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Oct
10

Colour blindness among medical students in Faculty of Medicine, Colombo

Colour blindness among medical students in Faculty of Medicine, Colombo This was conducted by 3 medical students as their elective project to find out the presence of colour blindness among medical students of UCFM

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