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Dr. Dineshani Hettiarachchi

Lecturer in Anatomy, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.

 

Biography

A Lecturer at the Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. Currently reading for her PhD in Genetics and iPSCs. She is passionate about Stem cell research and has a MSc in Regenerative Medicine.
Dineshani is also a family practitioner and a member of the college of general practitioners of Sri Lanka. She aspires to provide cell-based therapies for commonly encountered diseases.

Positions 

 

 

Position

Address

From

To

 Intern Medical Officer

General Hospital, Trincomalee

 2011

 2012

Medical Officer (Trainee)

Genetics Clinic, Faculty Of Medicine, University of Colombo

Jan 2013

Aug 2013       

 Medical Officer (part time) Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Asiri Surgical Hospital, Narahenpita  Jan 2013  Aug 2013
General practitioner Family practice centre , Faculty of medicine , UOC Sep 2015  date
Demonstrator  

Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine - University of Colombo

 Nov 2015

 Sept 2016

Lecturer   Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine - University of Colombo  sep 2016  

Education & Training

Degrees, Diplomas etc.

Date Conferred

Results(give Class or Grade)

 MBBS

2009

 1st Class

 MSc (Regenerative Medicine)

2015 

 

MCGP Diploma 

2017   
 Medical Research Methodology for postgraduate trainees, PGIM 2015  
Certification in laboratory animal science, Sri Lankan Association of Laboratory Animal Science (SLALAS) 2016   
 Certification in Palliative Medicine, Palliative Care Association of Sri Lanka 2016   
 Training Course in Molecular Biological Techniques 2017  
 CTHE (Certification in teaching higher education)- Ongoing 2017   

 National Patent drafting course.

2017 

 

Honors, Awards and Grants

 

 

Honors

 

New Champion Awardee – Annual meeting of new champions 2017 ,Dalian China (AMNC17) 

Awards 

 

  • Award for the Best Research Paper -24th annual congress of the college of ophthalmologist in Sri Lanka Oct 2nd -4th 2015
  • International Award for Young Women in Public Affairs, 2004

Grants

 Small research grant University of Colombo 2016 (Co-investigator)

Research with abstracts

 

INTERNATIONAL

  1. Hettiarachchi D, Ishak C, Dissanayake VHW, Goonasekera HWW. Cell culture characteristics of amniotic epithelial stem cells (hAECs) in gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Stem Cell Society Singapore (SCSS) Annual Symposium November 2017, Singapore. (Abstracted in the proceedings of the conference) 

  2. Hettiarachchi D, Dissanayake VHW, Goonasekera HWW. Comparative study of cell viability, morphology and karyotype of the amniotic membrane for tissue banking. 13th Stem Cell Research & Regenerative Medicine Conference 2016. 25 to 26 April 2016. Boston, USA. (Abstracted in the online proceedings of the conference.)
  3. Hettiarachchi D, Dissanayake VHW, Goonasekera HWW. Amniotic membrane changes in Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM). The Diabetes Summit 2016. 25 to 27 April 2016. Boston, USA. (Abstracted in the online proceedings of the conference.)
  4. Hettiarachchi D, Dissanayake VHW, Goonasekera HWW. A case study to determine the effect of GDM on the amniotic membrane and amniotic epithelial stem cells (hAECs). WONCA South Asia Regional Conference. 11 to 14 February 2016. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in the proceedings of the conference p93.) 

  5. Hettiarachchi D, Pattan S, Ashwini K, Sanjay M.A study on adherence pattern of anti-retroviral therapy of People living with HIV/AIDS registered at district anti-retroviral therapy center, Karnataka, South India. oral presentation, 10th South East Asia Regional Scientific Meeting of the International Epidemiology Association 2010. Abstracted in the proceedings of the conference (page 21)

NATIONAL

  1. Hettiarachchi D, Ishak C, Dissanayake VHW, Goonasekera HWW. Comparative study of gross morphology of the amniotic membrane and culture characteristics of amniotic epithelial cells in gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) vs non-GDM Pregnancies, Oral presentation, Annual Research Symposium of the University of Colombo, November 2017, (Abstracted in the proceedings of the conference) 

  2. Hettiarachchi D, DissanayakeVHW. Double Aneuploidy in three Sri Lankan patients, Oral presentation, Annual research symposium, University of Colombo Sri Lanka11th Oct 2016, Abstracted in the proceedings of the symposium.
  3. Hettiarachchi D, Goonesekera HWW, Dissanayake VHW. Comparative study of cell viability, morphology and karyotype of the amniotic membrane before and after cryopreservation. Annual Research Symposium of the University of Colombo, October 2015. (Abstracted in the Proceedings of the Annual Research Symposium, 89)
  4. Hettiarachchi D, Goonasekera HWW, Dissanayake VHW. Optimizing Amniotic Membrane Tissue Banking Protocols For Ophthalmic Use. 24th Annual Scientific Congress of The College Of Ophthalmologists Of Sri Lanka. 2nd-4th October 2015. Cinnamon Grand, Colombo. Award - Best Scientific paper at the Conference.

Research Interests

 

Amniotic membrane tissue banking

Placental and amniotic membrane changes in GDM

iPSC ,  Human amniotic epithelial stem cells  (hAESc)

Rare inherited syndromes 

Appointments

 

 

 

Appointments

 

  • Demonstrator, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo (Nov 2015 to Sep 2016)
  • Lecturer, Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo (2016 Sep to date)
  • Organizing committee – Inaugural academic sessions of the Anatomical Society of Sri Lanka, 2017
  • Committee member – Annual Research Symposium 2017, Faculty of Medicine - University of Colombo
  • Supervisor – Undergraduate student research program of the Community Stream.
  • Coordinator for the Pre- Symposium workshop, Annual research symposium, Faculty of Medicine - University of Colombo

 

Memberships

 

  • Founder President of the Young Zonta Club of Colombo (Z Club), 2003-2004
  • Presidents guide – Girl Guide Association 
  • Global Shaper Colombo Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF) -2015 to date
  • Head of HR & Admin team, Enable Lanka Foundation (ELF) – 2016 to
  • Assistant Treasurer – Zonta Club IV of Colombo

 

Undergraduate

 

Postgraduate

 

Projects

  

Flood Aid project -Health lead, member of the organizing committee for Shape South Asia 2016 ,Regional meeting of the Global Shapers – world economic forum  (WEF) and other projects undertaken by the Global shapers Colombo Hub.

Enable Lanka Foundation projects.

Publications

 

 

Books/Book Chapter 

 Autism Toolkit by Enable Lanka Foundation. Adaptation and translation to Sinhala language from English  (2017), ISBN 978-955-3632-00-5

Conference Paper 

 All communications at the above conferences were abstracted in the proceedings.

Journal Paper 

 

  • Hettiarachchi, D., V. H. W. Dissanayake, and H. W. W. Goonasekera. "Optimizing amniotic membrane tissue banking protocols for ophthalmic use." Cell and tissue banking 17.3 (2016): 387-397.
  • Accepted for publication D. Hettiarachchi, V. H. W. Dissanayake. "Double aneuploidy in three children." Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 2019; 48.
  • Hettiarachchi, D. , Nethikumara, N. , Pathirana, B. A., Weththasigha, K. , Dissanayake, W. D. and Dissanayake, V. H. (2018), A novel mutation in the NAGLU gene associated with Sanfilippo syndrome type B (mucopolysaccharidosis III B). Clin Case Rep. . doi:10.1002/ccr3.1521

 

Teaching Areas

 

 

Undergraduate

 Anatomy, Family Medicine

Postgraduate

 Regenerative Medicine 

Other

  stem cell biology, Differentiation of Stem cells, Early embryology etc

Current Teaching

 Anatomy , Dissections ,Stem cell related topics

Teaching History

 

  • Demonstrator at the first hands on stem cell workshop held in Sri Lanka, Human Genetics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo. (2014)
  • Lecturer Internal Pharmacy Course – Topics covered: Renal system, Nervous System 1 and 2, Lymphatic System, Locomotor System, Endocrine System and Reproductive System (2015)
  • Demonstrator in Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, November 2015
  • Resource person at the Applications & Hand on training workshop on stem cells 18th to 20th May 2016, at the Human Genetic Unit, Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo Lecture - stem cell differentiation and introduction to cancer stem cells.
  • Lectures in family medicine for undergraduate students

 

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 Address

 Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Kynsey Road, Colombo 08, Sri Lanka  

Host Laboratory Address - Human Genetics Unit, Faculty of Medicine - University of Colombo, 25, Kinsey Place, Colombo 08


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