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Dr. A.D. Sarangi N.P. Athukorala

Senior Lecturer

B.Sc. (Perad.), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Manitoba, Canada)

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About Me

I am a Microbiologist/Plant Pathologist, who is enjoying finding eco-friendly strategies in combating  environmental issues and for crop improvement.  I equally enjoy teaching, dancing and music.

I have been trained as a Molecular Plant Pathologist, Microbiologist, Molecular Biologist. My knowledge and skills span over a wide range of disciplines such as Plant Pathology, Microbiology,  Mycology, Lichenology, Molecular phylogeny, Population genetics, Microbial interactions, Molecular biology and Biotechnology, which involved an array of different methodology such as (but not limited to) bacterial, fungal and algal culture techniques, field and greenhouse biocontrol and growth assays, phylogenetic analyses, dissecting, light and scanning electron microscopy, and molecular techniques such as Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD), real-time PCR, gene/genome sequencing and molecular cloning and also biochemical analyses. 

My research is currently focused on Environmental Microbiology, Microbial Biotechnology, Algal Biology and Algal Biotechnology, Lichenology towards finding ways to develop  eco-friendly strategies to solve environmental issues and crop improvement using microbes while reaching sustainable developmental goals . 

Positions Held

Member of Faculty Curriculum Development Committee - (Jan 2020 - to date)

Member of Curriculum Revision Committee, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya - (Jan 2020 - to date)

Co-coordinator for the M.Sc. in Science Education, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya - (Jan, 2020 to date)

Senior Student Counselor, Department of Botany - (Jan 2019 - to date)

Coordinator, Faculty Science Education Unit (Biology) - (Jan 2019 - date)

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Member of Faculty Curriculum Revision Committee - (Jan 2019 - to date)

Faculty Representative for University Arts Council - (2018)

Board Member, Board of Study in Plant Sciences, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - (2017 - to date)

Visiting Lecturer, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya - (2015 - to date)

Co-coordinator for the M.Sc. in Medical Microbiology programme, Post Graduate Institute of Science (PGIS), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - (2015 - to date)

Temporary Lecturer – Dept. of Botany, U of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka - (June 2015 to Feb. 2016)

Teaching Assistant – Dept. of Plant Science (2006 – 2008) and Dept. of Biological Sciences (2009 – 2015), University of Manitoba, Canada

Grader / Marker – Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada - (2010 – 2015)

Research Assistant – Dept. of Botany, University of Peradeniya - (2004 – 2005)

Visiting Teaching Assistant - Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya - (2005)

Demonstrator – Dept. of Botany, University of Peradeniya - (2004 – 2005)

Ongoing Research and Projects

Characterization and application of potassium solubalizing microorganisms as a biofertilizer for crop improvement

Cyanobacteria and algae for wastewater treatment (heavy metals and laboratory and industrial wastewaters)

Development of eco-friendly algicides

Formulation and commercialization of a herbal cream against oral Candida infections

Therapeutic properties of micro green algae and lichens: antimicrobial and anti-cancer

Effect of air pollution on lichen diversity, secondary metabolite production and their antimicrobial activity - Biomonitors for air pollution monitoring in Kandy city

Characterization and prevention of algae inhabiting electrical transformers

Diversity, physiology and applications of thermo-tolerant algae

Memberships & Awards


Early Carrier Research Travel Award by Nature Research 2021


Canadian Phytopathological Society


Canadian Botanical Association


American Botanical Association


American Bryologists and Lichenologists Society


Canada Graduate Scholarship offered by National Science & Engineering Research Council, Canada - 2010-2013


Faculty of Science Graduate Student Scholarship, University of Manitoba – 2009, 2010


Manitoba Graduate Scholarship (MGS) for Master’s students- 2007


Vernon I. Cheadle Student Travel Award awarded by Botanical Society of America 2013


Graduate Student travel award by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Manitoba – 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013


Canadian Botanical Association graduate student travel award - 2011


Graduate Student Association travel award, University of Manitoba – 2010, 2011, 2012


Graduate Student Travel award by the Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba – 2011, 2012, 2013


International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship from the University of Manitoba (IGSES) – 2006


University Scholarship for academic excellence from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka – 2004


Prof. M.D. Dassanayaka gold medal for best performance in botany from the University of Peradeniya – 2004


Sri Lankan Association for Microbiology


Sri Lanka Association for Mycology and Plant Pathology