The 20 th century has witnessed an explosion of knowledge in Biology, especially at Molecular level by the advancing of different aspects in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.
The Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science, takes pride in contributing to the Biological Sciences by providing Science undergraduates with this foundation.
The Department began in ****. It is now a fully-fledged department, standing on its own, involved in the training of undergraduates as well as in research in many areas of Molecular Life Sciences.
The undergraduate Programme in Molecular Biology contributes General degree in Science and the department offers Special degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.
The student is introduced to the Basic Molecular Biological techniques by the courses offered in curriculum. The Special degree curriculum includes a research project, which provides the student an opportunity to obtain first hand experience in conduction of research.
The research interests of the academic staff cover areas in stress tolerant genetic markers in rice, Purification of industrially important enzymes from Algae and Fungi, Hydrolytic enzymes in Sri Lankan carnivorous plants, Protease inhibitors from Sri Lankan plants, Human and mouse Kallikreins, Anti microbial activities of modified fabrics, Genetic diversity of Rhizobia , Production of salt and drought tolerant rice varieties using wild relatives (wide hybridization and embryo rescue), Plant tissue culture.