BIOGRAPHY

Senior Lecturer in Ayurveda, Institute of Indigenous Medicine (IIM), University of Colombo and honorary consultant physician in Ayurveda National teaching Hospital in Sri Lanka. Held the post of Head of Department of Allied Sciences, Head of the Department of Ayurveda Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics and coordinator for postgraduate studies in IIM. Has presented and published many papers at local and international conferences and journals in areas of Pharmacology, Toxicology, Immune medicine, Traditional medicine, Ayurveda, Pharmacovigilance, Biotransformation technologies, Bio medical-clinical ethics, and Medical education. And has delivered many guest lectures and keynote speeches in national and international scientific forums. Received several research grants to conduct experimental and clinical research.  Developed a Unit for Research and Development of Ayurveda products to conduct experimental studies and clinical trials in the Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo.

Lecturing and supervising research of Special Degrees /Post Graduate Diploma /MSc/MD/MPhil/PhD readers registered at Faculty of Graduate Studies in University of Colombo, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Kelaniya, University of Peradeniya, Kothalawela Defense University, Institute of Chemistry and MD(Ayu) students in Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo. Serve as a reviewer and Editorial board member of peer review international journals. Currently collaborating with Federation University in Australia on a project that aims to validate Mobile Phone App with Ayurveda medicine concepts (Prakriti/ Body constitution) and architecture for Ayurvedic Electronic Health Records. And currently conducting clinical trials and natural product development collaborate with corporate sector for enhancing export standards of herbal medicines in Sri Lanka.

Qualifications, Fellowships and Certifications

  • 2011

    Ph.D. in Pharmacology

    China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China

  • 2006

    M.Sc. in Food Science and Technology

    University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

  • 2003

    B.A.M.S. (Hons)Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery, and Allopathic Medicine

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 2007

    Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE)

    Staff Development Centre, University of Colombo and accreditation with SEDA teaching qualification from United Kingdom

  • 2013

    Diploma in Research & Development

    Nagasaki University Japan (Post-Doctoral training)

  • 2016

    Certified and trained in Pharmacovigilance and Drug safety

    Uppsala World Health Organization Monitoring Center, Sweden (Post-Doctoral training)

Positions

  • Now2011

    Senior Lecturer grade II

    Institute of Indigenous Medicine , University of Colombo

  • 20152012

    Head Department of Allied Sciences

    Institute of Indigenous Medicine , University of Colombo

  • 20182015

    Head Department of Ayurveda Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics

    Institute of Indigenous Medicine , University of Colombo

  • Now2005

    Consultant Physician

    National Ayurveda Teaching Hospital, Borella, Sri Lanka

  • Now2017

    Honorary consultant – Ayurveda Community Medical service

    Department of Ayurveda, Western Province

  • Now2016

    Honorary consultant and Executive committee member - National Ayurveda drug standardization committee

    National Ayurveda Teaching Hospital, Borella, Sri Lanka

  • 20182014

    Secretary , Ethics Review committee IIM

    Institute of Indigenous Medicine , University of Colombo

  • 20182017

    Secretary -Committee for Postgraduate studies

    Institute of Indigenous Medicine , University of Colombo

  • 20182017

    Coordinator for Postgraduate Studies

    Postgraduate Section , Institute of Indigenous Medicine , University of Colombo

  • Now2017

    Visiting Professor in Pharmacology

    Management and Science University, Malaysia

  • Now2018

    Coordinator – career guidance unit

    Institute of Indigenous Medicine , University of Colombo

  • 2018

    President

    Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLASS) - (Medical category)

  • 2017

    Vice president

    Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLASS) - (Medical category)

  • 20192018

    President

    Teachers Association, Institute of Indigenous Medicine , University of Colombo

  • 20182015

    Executive board Member

    National Ayurveda Formulary Committee, Ministry of Health , Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine

  • 20172012

    Coordinator (MD (Ayu) post graduate programme )

    Institute of Indigenous Medicine , University of Colombo

  • 2011

    Coordinator, postgraduate Diploma in Ayurveda

    Institute of Indigenous Medicine , University of Colombo

  • Now2017

    Editorial board member

    Journal of Clinical Trials in Degenerative Diseases (CTDD)

  • 2017

    Coordinator, Certificate course in Ayurveda Pharmacy

    Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo

  • 2014

    Consultant - Study on intellectual property rights (IPRS) and trade in traditional medicines (TM) in Sri Lanka

    World Health Organization- South East Asian Region Office (SEARO )

  • 20152015

    Acting Additional Director

    Postgraduate section, Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo

  • Now2016

    Executive /expert board member - National Ayurveda Pharmacopeia development committee

    Ministry of Health , Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine

  • 20182012

    Editorial board member and Associate Editor

    The Sri Lanka Journal of the Indigenous Medicine (SLJIM)- Publication of the Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 20162014

    Expert member , Health sector, National Science and Technology Commission (NASTEC) , National Research and Development Framework (NRDF)

    Ministry of Technology and Research