I am fascinated about microorganisms and their interactions with biological and physical environment. I 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 use microorganisms for sustainable development.
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)