I earned my B.Sc. specializing in Botany with a First Class Honors from the University of Peradeniya in 2003. I received the Exceptional Service as a Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in 2010 and my PhD in Biochemistry from the Wayne State University, USA in 2012. One of my PhD thesis projects led to the discovery of a novel enzymatic function (efficient deamination of the DNA base 5-methyl cytosine into thymine). I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, USA in 2016. Having worked in the universities of Kelaniya and Sri Jayewardenepura respectively, I joined the Department of Botany, University of Peradeniya in 2018. Teaching biochemistry in a Botany department is a blessing in this "golden age of biology". According to Parker J. Palmer, "students who learn are the finest fruit of teachers who teach". To reap those fruits however, I believe in continuous updating and upgrading of the curriculum. I also believe in interdisciplinary research and would like to welcome fruitful collaborations in the fields of plant biochemistry, microbial genetics, cancer and genomics.
Junior Treasurer - University Botanic Society, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - (2001)