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Prof. C.L. Abayasekera

Professor in Botany

B.Sc., Ph.D. (Perad.)

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About Me

My vision is to strive to be an academic who inspires students in teaching and high quality research, while valuing academic freedom and integrity, contributing to the vision statement of the Faculty of Science, which is ‘to be a globally renowned Faculty of Science contributing towards the development of a vibrant scientific community’. I would desire to advance in research in microbiology, continuing with interdisciplinary collaboration, and integrate research into teaching, in order to produce high quality graduates. Placed amidst a multicultural, multi religious and multi ethnic student population, while respecting this diversity, I would strive to enhance soft skills of both undergraduate and postgraduate students, in order for them to be equipped to face a diverse world with many challenges.

Positions Held

Course Coordinator - M.Sc. in Postharvest Technology of Fruits and Vegetables

Course Coordinator - M.Sc. in Medical Microbiology

Member - Board of Study in Plant Sciences

Member- Board of Study in Science Education

An appointed member of the Faculty Board of the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka

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Member of the Governing Board of Human Rights, University of Peradeniya.

Member of the Governing Board of Carey College (Non-Government Educational Institute)

Student Counseller

Ongoing Research and Projects

Relationship between the Phylogroup and antibiotic sensitivity of Escherichia coli from water

Methanogenic bacteria and biogas production

Development of microbial strains and biofilms for efficient production of ethanol

Antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of alkaloid- montmorillonite composites of Catharanthus roseus and Zanthozylum tetraspermum

Memberships & Awards


Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS – Life Membership)


National Science Foundation (NSF), Sri Lanka - Membership


Sri Lankan Society for Microbiology - Membership


Sri Lanka Association for Mycology and Plant Pathology (SLAMPP) - Membership


University of Peradeniya Science Alumni Association (UPSAA) - Membership


Sri Lanka National Association of Counselors - Membership


NRC Merit Award for Scientific Publication – 2011 and 2012


Scholarship by the Association of Commonwealth Universities: Titular Fellowship


Endeavor Fellowship Awarded by the Australian Government.