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Dr W. L. Dulika Sanjeewani Sumathipala MBBS, MSc, CTHE, SEDA
Probationary Lecturer Department of Anatomy
Clinical Geneticist, Human Genetics Unit
Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo
PhD student, Medical Genetics, University of Oslo, Norway

 

Biography

Dr Sumathipala is a Medical Geneticist. Her interests are Genetics & Genomic Medicine with a special interest in neurogenetics. She is currently a PhD student in Medical Genetics at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her project focuses on exploring the pathogenicity of DNA variants in whole genome sequencing data in patients with unexplained progressive encephalopathy.

Positions 

 

 

Position

Address

From

To

 PhD student

 Department of Medical Genetics, University of Oslo, Norway

 January 2016

 Up to date

 Lecturer in Anatomy

 Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo

 May 2013

 Up to date

Education & Training

Degrees, Diplomas etc.

 

Date Conferred

Results(give Class or Grade)

MBBS

 September 2008

 Second Class

MSc (Clinical Genetics)  August 2012  

CTHE

 December 2013

 

SEDA

 December 2013

 

Honors, Awards and Grants

 

 

Honors

 

Awards 

President’s Awards for Scientific Publication in the years 2013, 2014 and 2015, at a ceremony held on September 2015. This award scheme is administered by the National Research Council, Sri Lanka.

Grants

 

  • [2017]EMBO Short-Term Fellowship (number 7097) to carry out research in the lab of Dr. Christian Gilissen(Department of Human Genetics, Radboud University Medical Center, P.O.Box 9101, 6500 HB, 9101 Nijmegen, Netherlands). The topic of the research project is "Exploringpathogenicity of non-coding variants in WGS data - a novel strategy to analyze patients with unexplained progressive encephalopathy"
  • [2016] Quota scholarship from the Government of Norway – to pursue PhD studies at the Department of Medical Genetics of the University of Oslo.
  • [2015]University of Colombo Research Grants (Grant Ref No: AP/3/2/2015/SG/24): Rs 500,000 For the study “Exome sequencing of extremely unusual phenotypes in five patients in the view of novel gene discovery”
  • [2011] Norad’s Programme for Master Studies (NOMA) – to pursue Masters research project at the Department of Medical Genetics of the University of Oslo.

Research with abstracts

 

Research Interests

 Dr Sumathipala’s research interests include Genetics and Genomic Medicine, and neurogenetics

Appointments

 

 

 

Appointments

 

Memberships

 

Sri Lanka Medical Association Life member from 2009
Sri Lanka Medical Council Member from 2009

Undergraduate

Convener, Special Senses Module, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo. 2014 till May 2015

Postgraduate

 Coordinator, MSc in Clinical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo 2013 till May 2015

Projects

  

Publications

 

 

Books/Book Chapter 

  • Sirisena N, Sumathipala D, Wettasinghe K, Dissanayake VHW. The provision of medical and health genetics and genomics in the developing world. In Dhavendra Kumar and Stylianos Antonarakis Ed. Medical and Health Genomics. Elsivier, 2016, 285-294. [ISBN: 9780124201965]

Conference Paper 

 

  1. D. Misceo, D. Sanjeewani , A. Holmgren,M.D. Vigeland , P. Strømme, M. van de Vorst , C. Gilissen, S. Rayner , E. Frengen Evaluation of pathogenic non-coding variants within whole genome data using encephalopathies as a model. American Society of Human Genetics, 2017, Orlando, USA
  2. Sumathipala D, Holmgren A, Larsen S. M., Misceo D, Frengen E, Strømme P Novel homozygous frameshift variant outside the SAND domain of DEAF1 resulting in developmental delay, microcephaly and extrapyramidal symptoms. 29th Annual course in Medical Genetics May 2016, Organised by the European School of Medical Genetics, Bertinoro, Italy
  3. Dissanayake VHW, Sirisena N, Sumathipala D, Wetthasinghe K, Jayasekara RW. Implementation of Genomic Medicine in Sri Lanka. 13th International Congress of Human Genetics. 2 to 8 April 2016. Kyoto, Japan. (Abstracted in the proceedings of the conference.
  4. Jayawardena SMA, Weththasinghe KT, Sumathipala D, Goonasekara HWW, Dissanayake VHW. Haematological Characteristics of a cohort of Sri Lankan patients with -3.7 and -4.2 deletions. 2nd PanAsian Conference on Haemoglobinopathies, 26-27 September 2015, Hanoi, Vietnam. (Abstracted in the Proceedings of the Conference, 68)
  5. Jayawardena SMA, Sumathipala DS, Hidellage NT, Abeysekara AAGS, Ratnayake PD, Jayasekara RW, Dissanayake VHW, Initial report of MECP2 gene mutation in three girls with Rett syndrome in Sri Lanka. 8th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lankan Neurologists and the 8th Annual Congress of the Asia Society Against Dementia 2014, Colombo Sri Lanka, November 14 – 16 2014 (Abstracted in the Proceedings of the 8th Annual Academic Sessions of the Association of Sri Lankan Neurologist and the 8th Annual Congress of the Asan Society Against Dementia. P77)
  6. Senarathne LDS, Oye AM, Selmer KK, Wanigasinghe J, Sumathipala DS, Neththikumara NF, Jayasekara RW, Dissanayake VHW. Clinical evaluation and genetic study of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex in a cohort of Sri Lankan children. 8th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lankan Neurologists and the 8th Annual Congress of the Asia Society Against Dementia 2014, Colombo Sri Lanka, November 14 – 16 2014 (Abstracted in the Proceedings of the 8th Annual Academic Sessions of the Association of Sri Lankan Neurologist and the 8th Annual Congress of the Asan Society Against Dementia. P33)
  7. Senarathne LDS, Oye AM, Selmer KK, Wanigasinghe J, Sumathipala DS, Jayasekara RW, Dissanayake VHW. Evaluation of infantile spasm in a cohort of Sri Lankan children with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. 8th Annual Acadeic Sessions of the Sri Lankan Neurologists and the 8th Annual Congress of the Asia Society Against Demetis 2014, Colombo Sri Lanka, November 14 – 16 2014 (Abstracted in the Proceedings of the 8th Annual Academic Sessions of the Association of Sri Lankan Neurologist and the 8th Annual Congress of the Asan Society Against Dementia. P32)
  8. D Sumathipala, C Rodrigo, S Banu, S Rajapakse Effect of using English as the medium of instruction on the academic performance of first year medical undergraduates. 10th Annual conference on Higher Education in Sri Lanka jointly organised by the Staff Development Centre University of Colombo and the Sri Lanka Association for Improving Higher Education Effectiveness 20th June 2014 at the University of Colombo, p.12.
  9. D. Sumathipala, GRMUGP Jayawardena et al Assessment of knowledge regarding Pentavalent immunization amongst mothers in the MOH division of Aranayake 127th Anniversary International Peradeniya University Research Symposium held on 4 July 2014 at the Peradeniya University, Peradeniya p.144.
  10. SR Banstola, ND Sirisena, DS Sumathipala, VHW Dissanayake, RW Jayasekara. Clinical and genetic features of Spinal Muscular Atrophy in Sri Lanka. Abstracted in the proceedings of the 127th Anniversary International Medical Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association held on 17 July 2014 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Colombo, (Abstracted in the Ceylon Medical Journal 2014, 59 (supple 1) : 79) p.144.
  11. Weerapperuma KND, Mandawala EDN, Sumathipala DS, Dissanayake VHW Maternally Inherited Unbalanced Chromosomal (1;17) Translocation Presenting as Craniofacial dysmorphism, Developmental Delay, and Multiple Congenital Malformations International Conference on Birth Defects, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 9 to 11 February 2014(Abstracted in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Birth Defects 2014; p34)
  12. Senaratne LDS, Gautham B, Sumathipala D.S, Sirisena N.D, Jayasekera R.W, Dissanayake V.H.W A Case Series of Four Sri Lankan Patients with 5p deletion International Conference on Birth Defects, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 9 to 11 February 2014(Abstracted in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Birth Defects 2014; p36)
  13. T. D Wanigasekera, D. Sumathipala, I. Kariyawasam, V. Udalamaththa, V H W Dissanayake A male infant with partial monosomy of 7p 21 syndrome associated with craniosynostois, craniofacial dysmorphism and non communicating hydrocephalus International Conference on Birth Defects, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 9 to 11 February 2014(Abstracted in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Birth Defects 2014; p37)
  14. A.V.L.K. Udalamaththa, U.G.I.U. Kariyawasam, D.S. Sumathipala, M. De Silva, R.W. Jayasekara, V.H.W. Dissanayake A child with partial trisomy 8p and partial monosomy 11q presenting with dysmorphic features and global developmental delay International Conference on Birth Defects, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 9 to 11 February 2014(Abstracted in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Birth Defects 2014; p37)
  15. S.M.A. Jayawardana, D. Sumathipala, R.W. Jayasekara, V.H.W. Dissanayake Phenotypic Spectrum of Sri Lankan Females with Isochromosome X International Conference on Birth Defects, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 9 to 11 February 2014(Abstracted in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Birth Defects 2014; p33)
  16. Jayawardena SMA, Wettasinghe KT, Sumathipala D, Goonasekera HWW, Dissanayake VHW. Phenotypic characterization of a cohort of patients with – α 3.7 and – α 4.2 deletions. University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium 2014, November 20 – 21, 2014, Colombo Sri Lanka (Abstracted in the proceedings of the Conference, p137)
  17. Senarathne LDS, Oye AM, Selmer KK, Wanigasinghe J, Sumathipala DS, Jayasekara RW, Dissanayake VHW. Clinical evaluation and genetic study of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex in a cohort of Sri Lankan children. University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium 2014, November 20 – 21, 2014, Colombo Sri Lanka (Abstracted in the proceedings of the Conference, p142)
  18. Dissanayake NDW, Sirisena ND, Sumathipala D, Dissanayake VHW, Clinical characterization of a cohort of Sri Lankan families with inherited cancer syndromes University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium 2014, November 20 – 21, 2014, Colombo Sri Lanka (Abstracted in the proceedings of the Conference, p172)
  19. Gunathilake KMD, Kariyawasam UGIU, Udalamaththa AVLK, Sumathipala DS, Sirisena ND, Dissanayake VHW. A patient with Turner syndrome with a karyotype of 45, X [38]/ 46, X, r (X)[16]. University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium 2014, November 20 – 21, 2014, Colombo Sri Lanka (Abstracted in the proceedings of the Conference, p202)
  20. Sumathipala, D., Jayasekara, R., Dissanayake V. H. W A descriptive study of pattern of hereditary neurological disorders seen in a genetic clinic in Colombo, Sri Lanka 2012– 6th Annual Scientific Sessions of Association of Sri Lankan Neurologists
  21. Sumathipala, D., Jayasekara, R., Dissanayake V. H. W Clinical and Molecular genetic features of Huntington’s disease in Sri Lanka 2012– 6th Annual Scientific Sessions of Association of Sri Lankan Neurologists
  22. Sumathipala, D., Madushanka, D. B. R., Abeysekara, A. A. G. S., Jayasekara, R., Tallaksen, C., Dissanayake V. H. Molecular and clinical characterization of autosomal dominant ataxia in Sri Lanka 2012– 6th Annual Scientific Sessions of Association of Sri Lankan Neurologists
  23. BMWDS Hemamali, WLDS Sumathipala et al Is there a relationship between rainfall and incidence of Dengue fever? 2011- Kandy Society of Medicine Annual Sessions, Sri Lanka
  24. Sumathipala WLDS, Wijeyratne CN et al Prevalence of metabolic syndromes (MetS) among phenotypic subgroups of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): analyst of a large cohort attending specialist endocrine care 2009– Sri Lanka Medical Association 122nd Annual Scientific Sessions
  25. Sumathipala WLDS, Wijeyratne CN et al Prevalence of Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) 2009– Sri Lanka Medical Association 122nd Annual Scientific Sessions
  26. Sumathipala WLDS, Wijeyratne CN et al Management outcomes in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) attending a tertiary care clinic; preliminary results 2008 – Sri Lanka College of Obstetrics and Gynecology 41st Annual Scientific Sessions Abstract - free papers
  27. Sumathipala WLDS, Wijeyratne CN et al Metabolic correlates of a cohort of Sri Lankan women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) attending a tertiary care clinic 2008 – Sri Lanka College of Obstetrics and Gynecology 41st Annual Scientific Sessions Abstract - free papers
  28. Sumathipala WLDS, Wijeyratne CN et al Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) 2008- Sri Lanka College of Obstetrics and Gynecology 41st Annual Scientific Sessions – Journal case report
  29. Sumathipala WLDS, Wijeyratne CN et al Haemolysis precipitated by pregnancy: a rare presentation of Hereditory Spherocytosis 2008 – Sri Lanka College of Obstetrics and Gynecology 41st Annual Scientific Sessions Abstract - free papers
  30. Sumathipala DS The assessment of the prevalence of psychological dysfunction amongst chronically ill children, as perceived by parents of the children 2006 -Proceedings of the Student Scientific Sessions, Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo
  31. Sumathipala DS, Wijerathne R, Sarabavananda S The analysis of risk factors for age related cataracts 2006 -Proceedings of the Student Scientific Sessions, Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo

Journal Paper 

 

  1. Kalpage, H. A., D. S. Sumathipala, H. W. Goonasekara, and V. H. Dissanayake. "A Study on Hereditary Thrombophilia and Stroke in a Cohort from Sri Lanka." J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 25, no. 1 (Jan 2016): 102-9.
  2. Shree R Banstola, Nirmala D Sirisena, Dulika S Sumathipala, Vajira H W Dissanayake “A case series of 7 Sri Lankan patients with type 1 spinal muscular atrophy” Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 2016; 45(4): 247-249, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v45i4.8029
  3. Sumathipala, D. S., E. N. Mandawala, S. P. Sumanasena, and V. H. Dissanayake. "17p11.2 and Xq28 Duplication Detected in a Girl Diagnosed with Potocki-Lupski Syndrome." BMC Res Notes 8 (2015): 506.
  4. Jayarathna, Y. R., S. Ranaraja, and D. S. Sumathipala. "Analyzing the Necessity of Prophylactic Antibiotic Usage in Laparoscopy for Uncomplicated Gynecologic Conditions in Sri Lanka." J Obstet Gynaecol Res 41, no. 4 (Apr 2015): 596-600.
  5. Dissanayake, V. H., D. S. Sumathipala, U. G. Kariyawasam, J. M. Jayamanne, P. K. Nisansala, and R. Lie. "A Survey of Scientist and Policy Makers' Attitudes toward Research on Stored Human Biological Materials in Sri Lanka." Dev World Bioeth 15, no. 3 (Dec 2015): 226-32.
  6. Sumathipala DS, Abeysekara AAGS, Jayasekara RW, Tallaksen CME, Dissanayake VHW. Autosomal dominant hereditary ataxia in Sri Lanka. BMC Neurology 2013, 13:39. DOI:10.1186/1471-2377-13-39.
  7. Sumathipala, D.S., R.W. Jayasekara, and V.H. Dissanayake, Clinical and genetic features of Huntington disease in Sri Lanka. BMC Neurology, 2013. 13: p. 191.
  8. Sumathipala, D., Gamage,T., Wijesiriwardena, B., Jayasekara, R., Dissanayake V. H. W. An Infant Born to a Mother with Gestational Diabetes Presenting with 49,XXXXY Syndrome and Renal Agenesis-A Case Report. J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol 4(4):223-5 (2012), PMID 23032147

Teaching Areas

 

 

Undergraduate

 

Embryology, Anatomy

Conducted teaching activities (lectures, small group discussions, problem based learning sessions, and tutorials) for medical undergraduates and BSc physiotherapy and pharmacology undergraduates

 

Postgraduate

 

Genetics, Embryology

Conducted teaching activities for postgraduate students in MD Oncology, MD Transfusion Medicine, MD Pathology of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo

Conducted teaching activities for MSc in Clinical Genetics, MSc Genetic Diagnostic and MSc in Regenerative Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Univeristy of Colombo

 

Other

 

Electives supervisor for medical undergraduate students, and research supervisor for postgraduate student in MSc in Clinical Genetics research projects and research supervisor for  BSc Physiotherapy undergraduate research projects

 

Current Teaching

 Currently on study leave

Teaching History

Invited Lectures

2014 Guest Speaker on Cytogenetic and Molecular Cytogenetic Charcterization of Stem Cells at the Human Genetic Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo
2014 Guest Speaker on Neurogenetics at the International Conference on Birth Defects, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2013 Guest Speaker on Neurogenetics at the Annual Session, Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2012 Guest Speaker on Neurogenetic Research at the Human Genetics Unit, Neurogenetics Symposium, Sri Lanka Medical Association

 

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