Dr. Kanchana Abeysekera

Department of  Agricultural Technology

Faculty of Technology

University of Colombo

 

Email: kanchana@at.cmb.ac.lk

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD 2008-2013

    Food Science & Technology/Health Food Technology

    Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • MSc 2005-2007

    Food & Nutrition

    Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

  • BSc 2001-2005

    Agriculture, Specialized in Food Science & Technology, Second Class Upper Division

    Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

  • 2019

    CTHE (Certification in Teaching in Higher Education)

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 2019

    SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association)

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Professional Qualifications

  • Vice President, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka – 2021/2022
  • Secretary, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka – 2020/2021
  • Editor, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka – 2019/2020
  • Editorial Board Member, Sri Lankan Journal of Biology – 2019/2020
  • Assistant Editor, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka – 2018/2019
  • Council Member, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka – 2017/2018
  • Council Member, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka – 2016/2017
  • Chartered Biologist, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka - since 2016
  • Life Member, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka - since 2008
  • Member, Young Scientist Forum, Sri Lanka
  • Life Member, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Sri Lanka - since 2008
  • Life Member, Nutrition Society, Sri Lanka - since 2009
  • Life Member, Alumina Association of University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Positions

  • Symposium Chairperson - Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Technology, University of Colombo, 2022
  • Coordinator - Postgraduate Degree Programmes, Faculty of Technology, University of Colombo
  • Committee member - Higher Degrees Committee, Faculty of Technology, University of Colombo
  • Committee member - MPhil/PhD Selection Committee, Faculty of Technology, University of Colombo
  • Committee member - Research Committee, Faculty of Technology, University of Colombo
  • Laboratory In-charge - Food & Nutritional Sciences Technology Laboratory, Faculty of Technology, University of Colombo
  • Senior Treasurer - Buddhist Society, Faculty of Technology, University of Colombo, 2021/2022
  • Vice President - Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka – 2021/2022
  • Secretary - Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka – 2020/2021
  • Editorial Board Member - E-newsletter, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka – 2019/2020
  • Editor - Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka – 2019/2020
  • Editorial Board Member - Sri Lankan Journal of Biology – 2019/2020
  • Assistant Editor - Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka – 2018/2019
  • Council Member - Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka – 2017/2018
  • Council Member - Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka – 2016/2017
  • Coordinator - Examinations National Inter-University Biology Quiz Competition, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka – 2017-2020
  • Organizing Committee Member - National Inter-University Biology Quiz Competition, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka – 2017-2021
  • Evaluation Committee Member - National Inter-University Biology Quiz Competition, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka, 2021
  • Organizing Committee Member - National Inter-University Biology Challenge, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka – 2021
  • Coordinator - Student Handbook Preparation, Faculty of Technology, University of Colombo, 2017-2021
  • Organizing Committee Member - Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Technology, University of Colombo, 2021
  • Editorial Committee Member - Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Technology, University of Colombo, 2021
  • Editor - Annual Research Symposium, Faculty of Technology, University of Colombo, 2019
  • Organizing Committee Member - Annual Research Symposium, Food & Beverage Committee, University of Colombo, 2018
  • Technical Evaluation Committee - Industrial Technology Institute, 2016 & 2017 Membe
  • Technical Evaluation Committee - Faculty of Technology, University of Colombo, 2017-2021 Member
  • Technical Evaluation Committee - National Research Council Grants, 2020-2021 Member
  • Procurement Committee - AHEAD Grants, Faculty of Technology, University of Colombo
  • Procurement Committee - Faculty of Technology, University of Colombo
  • In-charge of the functional food lab Industrial Technology Institute, 2012-2017
  • Reviewer - Institute of Biology Sri Lanka, Annual Session Abstracts – 2016-2020
  • Reviewer - Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka, Annual Session Abstracts
  • Reviewer - Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of science (SLAAS), Annual Session Abstracts
  • Reviewer - Industrial Technology Institute, Biennial Research Symposium abstracts
  • Reviewer - Uwa Wellassa University, International Conference abstracts
  • Reviewer - Rubber Research Institute, International Conference papers
  • Reviewer - University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Faculty of Technology, International conference abstracts
  • Reviewer - Young Scientists Forum Symposium
  • Reviewer - Topical Agricultural Research - 2018-2021
  • Reviewer - Sri Lankan Journal of Biology - 2018-2020
  • Reviewer - Journal of Pharmaceutical Research International
  • Reviewer - Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka (JNSF), 2022

Employment

  • 20242017

    Senior Lecturer, Grade II

    Department of Agricultural Technology, Faculty of Technology,University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 20172012

    Research Scientist

    Food Technology Section, Industrail Technology Institute, Sri Lanka

  • 20122009

    Research Scientist

    Biotechnology Unit, Industrial Technology Institute, Sri Lanka

  • 20092006

    Research Assistant

    Food Technology Section, Industrial Technology Institute, Sri Lanka

  • 20062005

    Demonstrator

    Department of Food Science & Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka