Damitha Gunathilake

Position: Lecturer – Medical Microbiology

Faculty or Division: School of Life Science

Department: Biotechnology & Biomedical Science

Campus: Undergraduate Facility

Academic Background: 

  • M.Phil in Microbiology (Board of Plant Sciences, Post Graduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya,)
  • M.Sc. in Genetic Diagnostics – Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in collaboration with University of Oslo, Norway.
  • B.Sc. (Microbiology) Special Degree with Second Class (Upper Division) Honors (University of Kelaniya, 2007).

Academics:

Teaching Interests: Medical, Environment & Industrial Microbiology

Knowledge Areas: Microbiology, Molecular Genetics & Genetics of Disease

Research & Publication:

Research:

Pharmacogenomics study of detecting prevelance of HLA-B*1502 (associated with hypersensitivity to anticonvulsant drugs) and HLA-B*5701(associated with Abacavir hypersensitivity) in Sri Lankan general population.

Breakpoint analysis for further identification of affected genes in a female patient clinically presented with hypergonadotrophic hypogonadism and with an inversion in one of her X chromosomes: 46, X, inv(X) (p11.2~p21).

Publication:

K.M.D. Gunathilake, R.R. Ratnayake, S.A. Kulasooriya, D.N. Karunaratne (2013). Evaluation of cellulose degrading efficiency of some fungi and bacteria and their biofilms. J.Natn.Sci.Foundation Sri Lanka 2013 41(2):155-163. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/jnsfsr.v41i2.5710.

K.M.D. Gunathilake, R.R. Ratnayake, S.A. Kulasooriya, D.N. Karunaratne (2011). Biodegradation of Cellulose for Biofuel Production Using Microbial Biofilms. Abstract. Proceedings of IFS – AFASSA International Symposium on Natural Products and their Applications in Health and Agriculture.

B.Sc. Thesis on Petroleum Degrading Potentials of Single Microbial Cultures Isolated from Soils and Stored Areas. Submitted to the Department of Microbiology. Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya.

M.Phil. Thesis on Microorganisms and Microbial Biofilms as Agents of Cellulosic Biodegradation of Invasive weeds in Sri Lanka. Submitted to the Board of Plant Sciences, Post Graduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya.

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