Appointments

Institutional

  • to dateAug 2018

    Director & Chairperson

    Academic Committee, IBMBB, University of Colombo

  • to dateJune 2016

    Chairperson

    Board of Studies, Cellular and Molecular Immunology, IBMBB

  • to date2014

    Advisor

    Welfare Society of the IBMBB

  • 20182018

    Course development committee - Advanced Certificate in Immunology `{`AdvCert (Immunology), Senior Secondary Level: SLQF level 2; equivalent to National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF) level 4, with Blended Learning components

  • to dateMar 2017

    Chairperson

    Quality Assurance Cell of the IBMBB, University of Colombo

  • to dateMar 2016

    Domain Coordinator

    Domain 1 & 10 of the Institutional Review of IBMBB, UoC & Overall Coordinator for Institutional Review 2016

  • Feb 2018 Feb 2015

    Director & Chairperson

    Academic Committee, IBMBB, University of Colombo

  • 20172014

    Appointed as Student Counselor for the Bioinformatics course

    IBMBB, University of Colombo

  • Feb 2014 Oct 2013

    Contributed as the Principal Academic Staff member to prepare the IBMBB Strategic Plan for 2014-2018

    IBMBB, University of Colombo

  • 20132006

    Member of Research

    Ethics and Higher Degrees Committee, IBMBB

  • 20142005

    Secretary

    Academic Committee of the IBMBB, University of Colombo

  • 20142007

    Course Coordinator

    MSc in Cellular & Molecular Immunology course

  • 20062005

    Course Coordinator

    MSc in Cellular & Molecular Immunology course

  • 20052004

    Member

    Curriculum development committee for the MSc in cellular and Immunology

National

  • to date2015 Aug

    Member

    Member, Board of Study in Molecular Medicine, Post-Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo

  • to date2013 Oct

    Member

    Biotechnology & Bioethics Committee, National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka

  • 20182015

    Member

    Board of Management, Staff Development Center, Univ. of Colombo

  • 20132011

    Member

    Biotechnology Research Panel, National Science Foundation

  • 20112005

    Member

    Biotechnology Committee, National Science Foundation

  • to date2014

    Visiting

    Teaching Faculty, The Open University of Sri Lanka for MSc. in Medical Entomology & Applied Parasitology & Bachelor of Medical laboratory Sciences (MLU3144)

  • 20102005

    Member

    Course Team for “MSc. in Medical Entomology & Applied Parasitology” for distance learners at The Open University of Sri Lanka.

  • Mar 2003Feb

    Committee member

    Committee member for the “Cabinet Subcommittee Appointed Technical Study Group on Investigative Health Services”, Chaired by Professor Lalitha Mendis.

  • June2003

    Referee

    National Science Foundation for reviewing manuscript for publication in the Journal of National Science Foundation (NSF) and for evaluation of a Final report of a 5-year project, funded by NSF.

  • Oct2003

    External referee

    research project for the WHO/TDR Steering Committee on Initiative for Vaccine Research (IVR) -Vaccines and Biologicals.

  • 20001999

    External referee

    National Action Group (NAG) and the Technical Support Group (TSG) for the Roll Back Malaria Initiative of the World Health organization and several other agencies in partnership with the Anti- Malaria Campaign, Ministry of Health Services, Sri Lanka

Memberships

  • Founder member of the Allergy and Immunology Society of Sri Lanka (AISSL) 2000
  • Vice President- AISSL : 2015-2017
  • Secretary-AISSL:2012 – 2014 & in 2008
  • Treasurer- AISSL : 2009-2010
  • Council member-AISSL : 2002, 2005-2007, 2011
  • Member of the American Association of Immunologists (2013-2016; ID 00229382)
  • Member of International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS)
  • Member of Federation of Immunological Societies of Asia-Oceania (FIMMSA)
  • Member of World Allergy Organization (WAO)
  • Member of the American Society Microbiology (ID #: 56133309; 2006-2008)
  • Life member of Institute of Biology Sri Lanka (IOB-SL) since 2002
  • Council member, IOBSL (2002-2005)
  • Assistant Treasurer 2004-2005, IOB-SL
  • Life member of Section A (Medical Sciences), Sri Lanka association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS), (1984 onwards; 3391/A)
  • Section A committee, SLAAS (2007; 1998)
  • General Research Committee, SLAAS (1994-95; 2001)
  • Member of Sri Lanka Association for Improving Higher Education Effectiveness (SLAIHEE) (2006).

Examiner/ Chief Examiner

Undergraduate

Examiner – BSc Chemistry Special – 4th year research Project

January 2016 – Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Dissertation Titled “Genetic changes in microscopically suspicious areas for papillary carcinoma within folecular adenomas”

Examiner – BSc Zoology Special – 4th year research Project

October 2011 – Dept of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Dissertation Titled “Use of new PCR assay and testing the status of infection for cytomegalovirus infections in Sri Lankan kidney transplant patients under immunosuppressive therapy.

September 2011 – Dept of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Dissertation Titled “Immune status, clinical aspects and risk factors of human leptospirosis in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka”.

Evaluator of Undergraduate research – Judge at AGRES 2011

September 2011 – served as a Judge for the Final year student project presentations at the Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management.

Evaluator of Research presentations – Judge at YSF Symposium 2011

January 2012 – served as a Judge for evaluating research presentations of postgraduate & undergraduates candidates organized by the Young Scientists Forum (YSF) and NASTEC.

Postgraduate

Examner MSc/PG Diploma

Examiner for the Semester Examinations, Dissertation Examination and Selection Test of the MSc-Cellular and Molecular Immunology course at IBMBB, University of Colombo from 2005 to date

Aug 2017 – Selection test for MSc/PG Diploma in Molecular Medicine, PGIM, University of Colombo

2018 – Chief Examiner, Examination III – (Module 03 & 04), PG Diploma in Molecular Medicine, PGIM, University of Colombo.

Examiner – PhD Dissertations

April 2013 – Ms Chamila P Adikaram, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.   Thesis titled “Molecular Characterization of rifampicin resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis and development of PCR-ELISA for identification of rifampicin resistance”

September 2003 – Dr Lukshmy M Hettihewa, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.Thesis titled “Induction of malaria sporozoite surface protein (SSP2) specific CD8+ T cell immunity by vaccination of genetically engineered dendritic cells”.

July 2000 – Dr Surangi G Yasawardena, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.Thesis titled “Immunization with genetically engineered immunogens from merozoite surface antigens of Plasmodium falciparum and the effects of antibodies on red cell invasion”.

December 1996 Mr P L Prakash Rao, Javaharlal Nehru Technological University,A.P., Hyderabad, India.Thesis titled ”Studies on Humoral and Cell mediated response to Erythrocytic stages of human malaria Plasmodium falciparum in a malaria endemic zone of Andra Pradesh”.

Examiner MPhil Dissertations

2017 – Ms H S Sakunthala, Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Thesis titled ”Gastroprotective, ulcer healing and anti-diarrhoeal effects of leaves of Desmodium trifolium D.C. (Heenundupiyaliya) in rats”.

June 2006 – Ms C Wickramratne, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. M.Phil Thesis titled “Studies on Antibody production against peptides derived from malaria parasite antigens in balb/c mice“.

Examiner MSc Dissertations

Oct 2012 – Mr N Kanthakumaran, IBMBB, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Thesis titled “Molecular characterization of inland and coastal population ofAnopheles subpictus B in Sri Lanka”.

May 2012 – Ms WMKT de AW Gunasekera, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.Thesis titled “A field evaluation of polymerase chain reaction assay for diagnosis of malaria”.

Examiner – MSc/PG Diploma in Molecular Medicine  – PGIM

Aug 2017 – Selection test for MSc/PG Diploma in Molecular Medicine

Evaluator of Research presentations – Judge at YSF Symposium 2011

January 2012 – Served as a Judge for evaluating research presentation of postgraduate & undergraduand held at ate candidates organized by the Young Scientists Forum (YSF) and NASTEC.