Prof. Chandrika M. Nanayakkara


Department of Plant Sciences
University of Colombo
Colombo 00300
Sri Lanka

Office: Department of Plant Sciences
Work Phone: +94 11-258 5038

Academic & Professional Qualifications

  • PhD 2005

    Ph.D. (Agricultural Microbiology)

    Aberdeen University, Scotland, United Kingdom

  • MSc 2001

    M. Sc. (Applied Microbiology)

    University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

  • BSc 1994

    B.Sc. Hons (Botany)

    University of Colombo

  • 2017

    Training on Accreditation of Proficiency Testing Providers as per ISO/IEC 17043 and ISO 13528


  • 2009

    Training on Internal Auditing of Accreditation Systems based on ISO/IEC 17011

    Sri Lanka Accreditation Board for Conformity Assessment

  • 2007

    Laboratory Assessor Training as per ISO/IEC 17025

    National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories, India, and Sri Lanka Accreditation Board for Conformity Assessment

Research Interests

  • Cataloguing fungal diversity of Sri Lanka using molecular techniques
  • Characterization of microorganisms of dairy origin using molecular techniques
  • Biological control of plant pathogens
  • Antimicrobial compounds of natural origin
  • Use of biofertilizers to improve Sri Lankan agriculture
  • Bioremediation