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Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

  • Molecular Biology Research
  • Molecular Biology Research
  • Molecular Biology Research
  • Molecular Biology Research
  • Molecular Biology Research

The areas of research pursued are:

  • Studies on hydrolytic enzymes from carnivorous plants.
  • Genetic diversity of Rhizobia
  • Evaluating the species limits of endemic plant Genera by DNA barcoding
  • Genetic diversity of plants
  • Biodegrading microbes and enzymes.
  • Development and characterization of functional textile materials with antimicrobial activities

PhD Research

Diversity of Cycad species in Sri Lanka and their morphological and biochemical characterization

Supervisors : Prof. GAD Perera, Prof. S.D.S.S. Sooriyapathirana, Dr. P Samaraweera
Student : Mudannayake MMAWP

Human gene expression analysis as a molecular marker to determine the causative agent in patients with chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka

Supervisors : Dr. Magana-Arachchi DN, Prof. S.D.S.S. Sooriyapathirana
Student : Sayanthooran S

Regulation of auxin signaling in plants during stress response; A molecular genetics study on Aux/IAA transcription repressor gene family.

Supervisors : Dr. P. Sapathanthri, Dr. N. Dharmasiri, Prof. S. Rajapakse, Prof. S.D.S.S. Sooriyapathirana
Student : Dhanapala MPCS


MPhil Research

Molecular identification and drug susceptibility of Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM)

Supervisors : Dr. Magana-Arachchi DN, Prof. Sooriyapathirana SDSS
Student : Keerthiratne TP


MSc Research

DNA based detection of meat adulterations in mutton, Sri Lanka

Supervisors : Prof. Sooriyapathirana SDSS
Student : Mahipalan A

Molecular phylogenetic analysis of Artocarpus species in Sri Lanka

Supervisors : Prof. Sooriyapathirana SDSS
Student : Ratanasuriya A

Morphlogical and genetic diversity of Manihot esculenta germplasm in Sri Lanka

Supervisors : Prof. Sooriyapathirana SDSS
Student : Dissanayake UHK

Morphological and genetic diversity of Luffa aegyptiaca (sponge gourd) germplasm in Sri Lanka

Supervisors : Prof. Sooriyapathirana SDSS
Student : Kumari SASM

Morphological and genetic diversity of Solanum germplasm in Sri Lanka

Supervisors : Prof. Sooriyapathirana SDSS
Student : Dissanayake RMN

Morphological and phylogenetic analysis of Artocarpus heterophyllus in Sri Lanka

Supervisors : Prof. Sooriyapathirana SDSS
Student : Senanayake RB

Optimization of PCR conditions for DNA barcoding markers in genus Artocarpus

Supervisors : Prof. Sooriyapathirana SDSS
Student : Hariharan G

Each final year honors degree student has to complete a research project, which is supervised by the academic staff members. There are several research projects related to Molecular Life sciences every year. The projects are evaluated in a seminar and a report. This project provides opportunity for students to conduct scientific research independently and to improve the skills in Molecular Biological techniques and ethics.

Analysis of genetic diversity and population structure of Colletotricum sp. on different fruit and vegetables in Sri Lankan market

Supervisors: Mrs. M. P. C. S. Dhanapala
Student: M. B. Shaima (S/13/202)

Biotic and Abiotic Stresses on Rice

Supervisors: Prof. S. D. S. S. Sooriyapathirana
Student: M. N. R Rizna (S/13/213)

Cellulytic fungi

Supervisors: Prof. P. Samaraweera
Student: A. K .A. U Jayathissa (S/13/201)

Characterization of fatty acid profile of Madhuca longifolia (Mee)

Supervisors: Mrs. M. P. C. S. Dhanapala
Student: B. A. K. T Premachandra (S/13/247)

Past Undergraduates Research Projects