Research Training and Supervision

MPhil/PhD Supervision

Name of the Student Year & Degree Title of the Thesis Supervision
Ms. S.S. Ediriweera 2018 PhD Diversity of macrofungi in selected dry zone forest reserves in Sri Lanka and culture optimization of edible counterparts Co-Supervisor
Ms S.P. Samaradivakara 2017 PhD Isolation, characterization and in vitro bioactivity studies on the constituents of Dipterocarpus zeylanicus and Vateria copallifera  Co-Supervisor
Ms W.W.P. Rodrigo 2014 PhD Structural and functional characterization of novel parasitic nematode specific protein from Setaria digitata  Co-Supervisor
Ms G. Rajkumar 2012 PhD Genetic Differentiation of Sri Lankan Rice germplasm by AFLP markers and Morphological, Physiological and Molecular studies of wild rice species Oryza rhizomatis Vaughan Principal Supervisor
Mr D.A.S. Siriwardhana 2011 PhD Microbial insecticides from Bacillus thuringiensis and    fungal metabolites from  Hirsutella thompsonii Co-Supervisor
Mr K. H. T. Karunarathna 2019 PhD Use of SSR markers for genetic characterization and finer-printing of recommended tea (Camellia sinensis L.) cultivars and tagging of blister blight disease resistance in tea Co-Supervisor
Ms K. D. K. Karunarathna 2018 MPhil Genetic Diversity and Origin of Weedy Rice (Oryza sativa f. spontanea) Populations Found in Rice Fields in Sri Lanka Co-Supervisor
Ms A.A.U. Perera 2017 MPhil Characterization of Ralstonia solanacearum (E.F.Smith) in Sri Lanka and development of a DNA-based detection method for quarantine purposes Co-Supervisor
Mr P.K.D. Peiris 2012 MPhil Differentiation of Sri Lankan mustard (Brassica juncea (L.) Czern & Coss genotypes using molecular and agromorphological data and altering their fatty acid profile by interspecific hybridization with canola (B.  napus L.) Co-Supervisor
Ms N. H. L. Pradeepa 2019 PhD Morphological, pathological, molecular and biochemical attributes of Botryosphaeria spp and Fusarium spp. causing canker of tea in Sri Lanka Co-Supervisor
Ms H. D.S. M. Perera 2019 PhD Studies on Antioxidant, Immunomodulatory and ß-lactamase inhibitory bioactives of medicinal plants Co-Supervisor
Ms R. Y. Baragamaarachchi Thesis submitted   PhD Molecular and biochemical characterization of Bacillus thuringiensis isolates with insecticidal activity in Sri Lanka Co-Supervisor
Ms W. M. K. T. de A.W. Gunasekera In Progress PhD Comparison of parasitological and molecular diagnostic methods used for malaria diagnosis in the phase of prevention of reintroduction of malaria in Sri Lanka Co-Supervisor
Ms. E.M.S.I. Ekanayaka 2019 MPhil Developing herbicide resistant (HR) Sri Lankan rice (Oryza sativa L) varieties by means of seed/anther mutagenesis and developing molecular markers to identify HR rice Co-Supervisor
Ms. B.V.L.R. Ranaweera In Progress MPhil Study on immunostimulatory activity and underlying immune mechanisms of a herbal formulation in the Sri Lankan market Co-Supervisor
Mr. P.W. Balasooriya In Progress MPhil Application of indigenous soil microflora as biological control measures for white root disease of rubber lands in Sri Lanka Co-Supervisor
Ms. S. Terensan In Progress MPhil Genomic diversity of rice blast pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae in Sri Lanka and mapping of host resistance in rice germplasm Co-Supervisor
Ms. W.P.N.S. Chandrapathma In Progress MPhil Detection of genotypes and serotypes of Leptospira isolated from Leptospirosis patients with different severities Co-Supervisor
Ms. H.I.T. Perera In Progress MPhil Immunological and molecular identification of medically important bat viral and bacterial pathogens and viral encephalitis cases in Sri Lanka Co-Supervisor

MSc Research Projects Supervision

Name Year &  Degree Supervisor/ Co-supervisor Title
Ms G.G.M. Fonseka 2015 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor DNA barcoding and Analysis of Latex Protein Profile of Sri Lankan Mountain Papaya
Ms K.M. Gunasena 2015 MSc-MLS Supervisor Isolation and Molecular Identification of Pectin degrading fungi and determination of pectinase activity
Mr A. Ahmad 2015 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Designing of InDel markers and applicability study of InDel markers in varietal differentiation of Sri Lankan rice
Ms J.T. Kotalawala 2014 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Isolation, Biochemical and Molecular Characterization of probiotics in traditional varieties of fermented rice
Ms R.Y. Bragamaarachchi 2013 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Optimization of comet assay and genotoxicity assessment of herbal extracts by comet assay
Ms H.D.A.J. Harasgama 2013 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Effects of combined hot water  extract of Coriandrum sativum L. and Coscinium fenestratum G. on B-cell activation and expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase
Ms B.V.L.R. Ranaweera 2013 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Immunomodulatory activity of Samahan a herbal formulation in Sri Lankan market
Ms B. Sancheav 2012 MSc-MLS Supervisor Molecular characterization of Cellulose degrading fungus and extraction and purification of cellulase
Ms C. Shanmuganathan 2012 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Development of multiplex RT-PCR for detection of apoptotic related gene expression in MCF-7 breast cancer cell line
Mr S. Muralieetharan 2012 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Ankkyrine repeat domain 30A(NY-BR-1) and Mamoglobin-B as markers for detection of micrometstasis of breast cancer
Ms A.P.P.R. Amarasinghe 2012 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Development of barcodes for Sri Lankan medicinal plant Plectranthus hadiensis
Mr K.H.T. Kraunarathne 2011 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Development of Molecular markers to differentiate herbicide resistant and herbicide susceptible rice varieties
Ms W.A.M. Peiris 2011 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Identification of allelic diversity in badh2 locus of traditional rice varieties in Sri Lanka
Ms M.T.R. Lasanthi 2011 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Genetic differentiation and development of varietal specific AFLP markers for some Artocarpus heterophyllus  Lam. Varieties in Sri Lanka
Ms W.H.Y.D. De Silva 2010 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Detection of micrometastasis of breast cancer using Cytokeratin-19 based reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction
Ms S.S. Wickramasekara 2010 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Molecular analysis of the F1 hybrid plants (triploids ABC) to confirm the true bybridity between Brassica juncea and B. oleracea
Ms S.I.C. Silva 2009 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Differentiation of selected Piper nigrum L. (Black Pepper) cultivars in Sri Lanka using morphological and AFLP markers
Ms U.M. Kannangara 2009 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Genetic diversity assessment of Finger millet using microsatellite markers
Ms W.B.W.M.R.Y. C. Aluwihare 2009 MSc-MLS Supervisor Isolation and characterization of putative plant disease Resistance Gene Analogs (RGAs) from Sri Lankan rice varieties
Ms M. E. Perera 2008 MSc-MLS Supervisor Development of a molecular marker to detect salt tolerant Sri Lankan Rice varieties
Mr S.M.C. Senanayake 2007 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Genetic differentiation of finger millet varieties using AFLP markers
Mr K. G. S. U. Ariyawansa 2007 MSc-MLS Supervisor Isolation and characterization of putative plant disease resistance gene analogs (RGA) from Sri Lankan traditional rice varieties
Mr A.D. N. Dalpethado 2007 MSc-MLS Supervisor Amplification and sequence character -ization of resistance gene analog markers from Sri Lankan traditional rice varieties
Ms  R. Rajphriyadharshini 2018 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Development of Barcodes for medicinal plant “Babila” (Sida species) in Sri Lanka
Ms  H.A.K.M. Dharmarathne 2018 MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Genetic characterization and molecular phylogeny of Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) in Sri Lanka based on COI gene
Ms H.M.S.P Dayarathna 2016 MSc-CMI Co-Supervisor The in vitro effect of pathogenic Leptospira on FOXP3 expression in lymphocytes
Dr Dinuka Ariyaratne 2018 MSc-CMI Co-Supervisor The Establishment of a Colourimetric Reverse Transcription Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification for the rapid detection of dengue virus
Mr SN Heendeniya In Progress MSc-MLS Co-Supervisor Isolation and molecular identification of ethanol producing microbes in fermented decoctions (Arishta)

Undergraduate Research Projects Supervision


2006 Pathmaja Packiyarajah B.Sc.(special) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department of Chemistry, University of Colombo
2006 D.P.Samaranayake B.Sc.(special) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department of Chemistry, University of Colombo
2018 Thanuja Madushani Fernando B.Sc. (Special) in Bio Informatics Department of Plant Sciences, University of Colombo
Niranji Sumathipala B.Sc.(special) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department of Chemistry, University of Colombo
In progress R.W.A.R.I. Wanniarachchi B.Sc. (special) in Zoology Department of Zoology, University of Colombo


Supervisor for undergraduate students – In-plant training, Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Makadura


2007 J.K.C.G.K.Perera B.Sc. Agriculture Wayamba University
2008 M.P.Dassanayaka B.Sc. Agriculture (special) in Biotechnology Wayamba University
2008 W.A.S.P.Wijayalath B.Sc. Agriculture (special) in Biotechnology Wayamba University
2014 S.M.D.Perera B.Sc. Agriculture (special) in Biotechnology Wayamba University