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Dr. W.R. Priyanga Wijesinghe

Senior Lecturer

B.Sc. (Perad.), Ph.D. (Wayne State, USA)

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About Me

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.

Positions Held

Co-chair - Media and Networking, Wayne State University Postdoctoral Association - (2016)

Co-organizer - 3rd Michigan B-cell Molecular Biology conference, Wayne State University - (2011)

Co-organizer - 11th Annual Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium, Wayne State University - (2009)

President - University Botanic Society, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - (2002)

Junior Treasurer - Society of Molecular Biology (Molecular Biology Association), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - (2002)

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Junior Treasurer - University Botanic Society, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - (2001)

Ongoing Research and Projects

Potential of white rot fungal laccases on polythene degradation and dye decolorization

Fusion genes and their detection through Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

Diagnostic tools for antimicrobial resistance

Memberships & Awards


2014 - American Association for Cancer Research Associate Member


2012 - Wayne State University Summer Dissertation Fellowship


2010 - Wayne State University Exceptional service as a Graduate Teaching Assistant


2009 - Member of the Phi Lambda Upsilon National Honorary Society


2004 - University of Peradeniya University Award for Academic Excellence