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Prof. Sumudu. C. K. Rubasinghe

Professor in Botany

B.Sc.(Perad.), M.Phil. (Perad.), Ph.D. (Edinburgh, UK)

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About Me

Joined the Department in 2006 as a Lecturer (Probationary) and proceeded to the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom in September 2007. Awarded with the PhD in Plant Molecular Phylogenetics and Taxonomy. Returned to the Department in 2011 as the first trained bryophyte systematist of Sri Lanka. Initiated research on taxonomy, biogeography and molecular phylogenetics of Sri Lankan bryophytes. Teaching expands in the fields of plant diversity, phytogeography, evolution and diversity of cryptogrammic plants, angiosperm morphology and anatomy and analytical methods in molecular biological sciences.

Positions Held

Secretary, Board of Study in Plant Sciences

Senior Student Counselor

Secretary, Science Teachers’ Association, University of Peradeniya (UPSTA)

Member, Board of Study in Plant Sciences

Member, Faculty Web Committee, University of Peradeniya

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Senior Treasurer, Botanical Society, University of Peradeniya

Ongoing Research and Projects

Taxonomy, biogeography and evolutionary relationships of Sri Lankan thalloid liverworts and hornworts

Taxonomy and Biogoegraphy of Sri Lankan leafy liverworts

Phytofabrication of Silver nanoparticles and antimicrobial activity of bryophytes

Bio monitoring using bryophytes

Memberships & Awards


Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science Sri Lanka (SLASS)


British Bryological Society


Systematics Association


NRC Merit award for scientific publication – 2014


Darwin Trust Postgraduate Research Scholarship Edinburgh, U.K. 2007 – 2010


FfWG Main Grant for Postgraduate Study and Research, U.K. 2010 – 2011


University of Peradeniya Scholarship 2002


Professor M.D. Dassanayake Gold Medal in Botany 2002