Dr.Hermali Silva is a past pupil of Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo and graduated from Kursk State Medical University, Russia in 2008 with First Class Honours. From 2009 to 2014 she has held several appointments as a Medical Officer attached to government hospitals under the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka. Following her passion for teaching, she joined the Department of Parasitology Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo in 2014.
Dr.Silva holds a Certificate for Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE) conducted by the University of Colombo and is an Accredited Teacher in Higher Education by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), UK. She is involved in teaching undergraduates, in the various teaching activities of the integrated problem based curriculum of the Medical Faculty, and in facilitating small group teaching activities; Problem-Based Learning (PBL) sessions, Small Group Discussions (SGDs). Furthermore she is also involved in teaching activities of various courses conducted by the Department of Parasitology such as the Overseas Elective Programmes, training programmes in medical p+arasitology/ leishmaniasis and activities in the leishmaniasis clinic and laboratory work at the ‘Centre for Training, Research and Diagnosis of Leishmaniasis’, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. She has worked as the Convenor of the Nephro-urology module from 2015 to 2017) and is the Convenor, Colombo Medical Faculty Publishers – The publishing house of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo from 2015 to date.
Dr. N. H Silva has obtained her PhD from University of Colombo 2021. She has a special interest in emerging poor response to standard drugs used for treatment of leishmaniasis and possible new alternative methods of treatment. She has also contributed to research in to women in science, technology and research in Sri Lanka. She is involved in projects targeted at empowering women scientists and career development of women scientists in Sri Lanka. She is the founder Secretary of the Sri Lanka National Chapter of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).