Post:

Institution
Duration:

Senior Lecturer

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo

16th July 2015 todate

Lecturer (Probationary)

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo

16th July 2012 todate

Lecturer (Probationary)

Department of Medical Education and Health sciecnes, Faculty of Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka

24th February 2009 – 15th July 2012

 

Research Assistant

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

1st August 2007 – 20th February 2009

 

Demonstrator / Teaching Assistant

Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenapura , Sri Lanka.

1st January 2007 – 31st July 2007

 

 

Accademic Qualification:

Degree: PhD (University of Colombo): Nutritional Biochemistry

 Degree: B.Sc. (USJP) - Human Biology; Biochemistry specialization – First class

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura Sri Lanka.

(Distinctions in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Parasitology)

  

Professional Qualifications:

  • Certificate in Business Accounting- CIMA (U.K.)
  • Managerial Level –  CIMA (U.K.)

                      Organisational Management ( OM ),

                       Performance Evaluation ( PE ),

                       Financial Accounts and Taxation principles( FATP ).

 Other Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Computer System Design- DISTINCTION PASS

       (National Institute of Business Management  – NIBM)

 

Membership:

  • Council Member, College of Biochemists 2014 -  to date
  • Council Member, Sri Lanka Academy of young Scientists (SLAYS) 2013 – todate
  • Life member of  “Sri lanka Association for the Advancement of Science” (SLASS) – 7967/A
  • Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka – Life membership

 

 

Research Work:

Degree

Research:

Duration:

Post. Graduate(PhD) research under the supervision of Prof. Sunethra Atukorala, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo:

 

Assessment of body composition and improving micronutrient status of out-of school adolescent girls through dietary modification.

 

August 2007 – August 2012

Under graduate (B.Sc) research under the supervision of Prof. E.R. Jansz, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medical sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenapura, Sri Lanka

 

The carotenoids of Pouteria campechiana (Sinhala: ratalawulu)

January – December 2006

 

Role of Supervisor in undergraduate/ post graduate programmes

  • Primary Supervisor, Electives programme 2016, Unergraduate students Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, titled “Principals of nutrition in planning diets for different conditions”
  • Secondary supervisor, Electives programme 2015, Unergraduate students Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, titled “Improving the quality of life of people with Down syndrome by occupational therapy in improving their  motor skills”
  • External supervisor, fourth year research project 2015 of Science faculty students specialising in Mathematics, titled “Mathematical model to estimate body fat percentage using BMI and waist circumference”
  • Supervision of portfolio learning contracts 2015 titled, for Post graduate trainnees (MSc in Human Nutriiton, PGIM), titled “Vegetarian Diets” and “Management of obesity”
  • Supervision of MSc Project of Ms. Udeshi Kulasooriya: Dissertation Titile: Formulation of a health snack for the diabetic Population. M.Sc. in Biochemsitry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. 2012-2014

Grants:

  1. NSF Technology Grant: TG/2013/Tech-D/01 : Scaling up, stability teting and product testing of Urinary glucose strips
  2. University Research Grants – 2015: Evaluating the Glycaemic index, the Insulineaemic index, the invitro digestability and acceptability of a formulated health snack.
  3. NSF Technology Grant: TG/2015/Tech-D/01 : Scaling up, stability teting and product testing of blood glucose strips

 

Research Publications and communications and awards:

 

Awards:

  1. Awarded the SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association) certification for teaching in higher education 2014
  2. Awarded the INF/Kraft Fellowship Award - International Congress of Nutrition, Granada Spain, September 2013
  3. NRC Merit award for scientific publication 2011
  4. Awarded the S E Seneviratne prize for the Oral presentationAnaemia and low serum folate: a concern among out-of school adolescent girls.” . The Ceylon Medical Journal (2009), 54(1):20.
  5. Received the Sight and Life Young Investigators award 2nd International meeting of the Micronutrient Forum, Beijing China, May 2009.

 

Monographs:

Natural Toxins in Food Stuffs. (Monograph No.05). Maduka de Lanerolle-Dias and E.R. Janz. Published by the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon. ISBN No.: 978-955-9244-42-4

Publications

  1. Waidyatilaka, I., de Silva, A., de Lanerolle-Dias, M., Atukorala, S. and Lanerolle, P., 2016. A field tool for prediction of body fat in Sri Lankan women: skinfold thickness equation. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition35(1), p.31.
  2. de Lanerolle-Dias, M., Lanerolle, P., Atukorala, S. and de Silva, A. Urbanisation, dietary patterns and body composition changes in adolescent girls: a descriptive cross sectional study. BMC Nutrition, 2015 1(1), 1.
  3. Waidyatilaka I, de Silva A, de Lanerolle-Dias M, Wickremasinghe R, Atukorala S, Somasundaram N and Lanerolle P. 2014. Lifestyle patterns and dysglycaemic risk in urban Sri Lankan women. British Journal of Nutrition 2014: 112(6):952-7.
  4. Waidyatilaka I, Lanerolle P, de Lanerolle-Dias M, Atukorala S, de Silva A. 2013 Body composition in urban South Asian women; development of a bioelectrical impedance analysis prediction equation. Annals of human biology 2013:40:4, 360-367.
  5. de Lanerolle-Dias M, Lanerolle P, Atukorala S, de Silva A. Enhancing the accuracy of bio impedance analysis in assessing total body water. International Journal of Body Composition Research 2012; 10(1): 29–34.
  6. de Lanerolle-Dias M, Lanerolle P, de Silva A, Atukorala S. Assessment of adiposity by bio impedance analysis: developing a population specific equation for Sri Lankan adolescents. Sri Lanka Journal of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism 2012; 2: 3 – 10.
  7. de Lanerolle-Dias M, de Silva A, Lanerolle P,  Arambepola C, Atukorala S. Micronutrient status of female adolescent school dropouts. Ceylon Medical Journal 2012; 57: 74-78.
  8. de Lanerolle-Dias M, de Silva A, Lanerolle P, Arambepola C, Atukorala S. Body fat assessment in Sri Lankan adolescent girls; development of a simple field tool.  Annals of Human Biology 2011; 38(3): 330–336
  9. de Lanerolle M.S, Priyadarshini A.M.B. Sumithraarachchi D.B., Jansz E.R.,The carotenoids of Pouteria campechiana (Sinhala: ratalawulu). Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka 2008 36 (1): 95 - 98

 

 

Communications

  1. Kulasooriya U, De Lanerolle-Dias M, Hettiaratchchi UandJayasena S. “ formulation of a health snack for the diabetic population”.Proceedings of the 12th Asian congress of Nutrition in Yokohama, Japan.Nutrition and food for longevity: for the well-being of all. May 19th 2015. PS-01-a-115 pp 188.
  2. Kulasooriya U, De Lanerolle-Dias M, Hettiaratchchi U and Jayasena.“ Proximate compositions  andin vitro starch digestibility of a formulated health snack”. Proceedings of the WONCA  south Asian Regional Conference 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka. pp89.
  3. Waidyatilaka PHIU, de Silva A, de Lanerolle-Dias M, Atukorala S, Lanerolle P. Development of a skin fold thickness prediction equation to assess fat mass in urban Sri Lankan women 127th Anniversary International Scientific Medical Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 2014. Published in the proceedings.
  4. de Lanerolle-Dias M, Lanerolle P, Atukorala S, de Silva A. Adolescent Dietary Patterns: Tradition or convenience. Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Nutrition, Granada (Spain), September 15 – 20, 2013.
  5. de Lanerolle-Dias M, Lanerolle P, Atukorala S, de Silva A. Percentage body fat cut-off for Sri Lankan adolescent girls. Proceedings of the 126th anniversary sessions Sri Lanka Medical Association; The Ceylon Medical Journal Suppl. 2013.
  6. Waidyatilaka PHIU, Lanerolle P, de Lanerolle-Dias M, Atukorala S, de Silva A. Development of a bioelectrical impedance analysis prediction equation to assess body composition in urban Sri Lankan women. Annual Academic Sessions of Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka 2013. Published in the proceedings - Page 18.
  7. Lanerolle P, de Silva A, Thoradeniya T, de Lanerolle-Dias M, Atukorala S. Improving quality of life of women in Sri Lanka through nutrition education; Proceedings of the Inaugural General Assembly of the Assosiation of Acadmies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA) International symposium on Improving the Quality of Life Through Science, 2012 Abs p. 24
  8. de Lanerolle M, Lanerolle P, de Silva A,Andrahennadi T,Atukorala S. A hattori chart analysis of body mass index in adolescent girls; Proceedings of the South Asian Association of Physiologist 2012 conference Sri Lanka
  9. de Lanerolle M, de Silva A, Lanerolle P,Andrahennadi T,Atukorala S. Body composition: comparison of two assessment methods; Proceedings of the South Asian Association of Physiologist 2012 conference Sri Lanka
  10. de Lanerolle MS, Lanerolle P , de Silva A, Andrahennadi TP, Atukorala S. Nutritional problems of adolescent female school leavers. Proceedings of the anniversary sessions Sri Lanka Medical Association; The Ceylon Medical Journal Suppl. 2010; Abs. p.61
  11. de Lanerolle-Dias M, de Silva A, Lanerolle P, Atukorala S. Use of Fourier-Transformed Infrared spectrometry (FTIR) to determine percentage fat mass and thereby derive a skin fold thickness prediction equation for Sri Lankan adolescent girls. Proceedings of the annual academic sessions of the Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka, 2010 Abs. p.
  12. de Lanerolle MS, de Silva A, Lanerolle P, Arambepola C, Atukorala S. Anaemia and low serum folate: a concern among out-of school adolescent girls. Proceedings of the anniversary sessions Sri Lanka Medical Association; The Ceylon Medical Journal Suppl. 2010; Abs. p.20.
  13. deLanerolle-Dias M, de Silva A, Lanerolle P, Arambepola C, Atukorala S. Assessment of percentage fat mass by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry in adolescent girls: Is the use of standard cutoffs appropriate for Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 19thInternational Congress of Nutrition Bangkok Thailand; Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism Suppl 2009. Abs.p.405.
  14. de Lanerolle-Dias M, de Silva A, Lanerolle P, Atukorala S. BMI & body weight perception: the need to create awareness. Proceedings of the 19thInternational Congress of Nutrition Bangkok Thailand; Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism Suppl 2009. Abs. p. 190.
  15. de Lanerolle-Dias M, Lanerolle P, de Silva A, Arambepola C, Atukorala S. Identifying the Preferred Nutrition Education Methods to be Included in a Nutritional Education Package for Out-Of School Adolescent Girls in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 19thInternational Congress of Nutrition Bangkok Thailand; Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism Suppl 2009. Abs. p. 601.
  16. de Lanerolle-Dias M, Lanerolle P, Arambepola C, de Silva a, Atukorala S; Qualitative evaluation of food habits and perceived constraints in practicing good nutrition, among out-of school adolescent girls in an urban and a rural setting in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the Micronutrient Forum, Beijing China 2009. Abs. p. 143.
  17. de Lanerolle M.S, Priyadarshini A.M.B.. Sumithraarachchi D.B., Jansz E.R. The carotenoids of Pouteria campechiana (Sinhala: ratalawulu). Oral presentation: page 204, Abstract 263/E2. Presented at the 63rd annual sessions of the Sri Lanka association for the advancement of science.
  18. de Lanerolle M.S, Sumithraarachchi D.B., Jansz E.R. Taxonomical identification of Ratalawulu- Pouteria campechiana Sapotaceae. Poster presentation:page: 63, Abstract 407/D. Presented at the 63rd annual sessions of the Sri Lanka association for the advancement of science 2007.

 

 

Technical:commissioned reports for governmental and international agencies

 

2014 World Health Organization report. Salt intake and reduction strategies across the South East Asia Region. A. de Silva A, P Lanerolle, D. Fernando,. T. Thoradeniya , M. de Lanerolle –Dias.

 

Academic work:

 

Lectures, tutorials and practicals in Biochemistry, Endocrine module, and in the Nutrition growth and developmnt module.

 

Small Group Discussions for Behavioural Sciences stream

 

Convener Nutrition Growth and development module, from 2014

Lectures for postgraduate students following the MSc in Beiochemisty and Molecular Biology

 

programme attached to the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.

PGIM lectures for MSc in human nutrition programme, 2014, 2015

 

Committee(s)

Faculty Museam development committee 2016

Organising Committee University Research symposium 2014,2016

Committee member, Language committee 2014/ 2015

Convener, Nutrition Module 2014/2015

Assistant Secretary, FMTA 2013/2014