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Dr. Hemali W. W. Goonasekera M.B.,B.S. (Colombo), MD (Haematology), D.Path (Colombo) Senior Lecturer, Department of Anatomy Consultant Haematologist 

 

Biography

  

Positions 

 

 

Position

Address

From

To

 Senior Lecturer

 Department of Anatomy

 August 2007 

 up to date

 Specialist Registrar in Haematology  Oxford Radcliffe NHS, Trust, United Kingdom 09 September 2005   11 March 2007
 Senior Registrar  Haematology, National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL)  18 December 2004   8 August 2005 
 Senior Registrar  Haematology, National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL)  20 March 2007   19 July 2007
 Registrar Haematology  NHSL  01 December 2002   17 December 2004
Registrar Pathology Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo 01 November 2000  30 November 2002
 Medical officer

 District Hospital, Wetera

17 April 2000 

 31 October 2000

Medical Officer 

(Neuro-Surgery), NHSL.

15 August 1999 

16 April 2000

House officer 

(General Medicine), NHSL

15 January 2000 

14 August 2000

House Officer (University Professorial Unit, Dept. of Obstetrics& Gynaecology),De Soysa Hospital for Women and NHSL 15 July 1998  14 January 1999

Education & Training

Degrees, Diplomas etc.

Date Conferred

Results(give Class or Grade)

 MBBS

 

 

 D.Path

 

 

 MD (Haematology)

 

 

Honors, Awards and Grants

 

 

Honors

 

Awards 

 INTERNATIONAL

  • Young Scientist Award for Neuroscience. This was awarded for the paper titled “Experimental study – Neural stem cell density in hippocampal versus lateral ventrical regions of the mouse brain and the use of gelatin and collagen as alternative differentiation matrices” at the 8th Federation of the Asian and Oceanian Physiological Societies Congress.22nd- 25th November 2015. Investigators: Ishak-Sahabdeen C, Goonasekera HWW, Gunatilake M, Dissanayake VHW. 
 
    • NATIONAL CONFERENCE 
  • Best Oral Presentation award. This was awarded to the oral presentation titled “Next Generation Sequencing Analysis of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in a Sri Lankan Cohort of Myelodysplastic Syndromes Patients” at Sri Lanka college of Haematologists Annual Scientific Sessions 2017. 28th to 29th September, Hakka trans Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka. Investigators: A.J.I.S Rathnayake, , N.F Neththikumara, W.M.M.S. Bandara , V. H. W. Dissanayake. H. W. W. Goonasekera. Best Scientific paper award. This was awarded to the scientific paper titled “Amniotic Membrane Tissue Banking Protocols For Ophthalmic Use” at the 24th Annual Scientific Congress of The College Of Ophthalmologists Of Sri Lanka. 2nd-4th October 2015. Investigators: Hettiarachchi D, Goonasekera HWW, Dissanayake VHW. UNIVERSITY 
  • Second Place Poster Presentations. This was awarded to the poster titled “Differentiation of osteogenic cells from umbilical cord derived mesenchymal stem cells” at the Annual Research Symposium of the University of Colombo, October 2015. Investigators: Mansoor FZ, Goonasekera HWW, Dissanayake VHW.

Grants

 

  • [2016] National Science Foundation – Research Programme on Health Science – 2016/2017. Grant No. RPHS/2016/C 04SLR. 4,000,000/-. Project Title: Biomarker Discovery in Haematology – Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Principal Investigator. Co-investigators - Neththikumara NF, Prof. V.H.W. Dissanayake and W.M.M.S.Bandara and A.J.I.S.Rathnayake (PhD students)
  • [2016] University Small research grants - 2016. Grant No. AP/3/2/2016/SG/12. Amount – SLR 500,000/-. Project Title: Comparative study of histology, pluripotent marker expression and 3 cell culture characteristics of foetal membranes in gestational diabetes (GDM) and normal pregnancies. Principal Investigator. Co-investigators – Dr. D. Hettiarachchi and Prof. V.H.W. Dissanayake
  •  [2013] University Grants Commission – Innovative research Grants - 2013. SLR 32, 000,000/-. Two projects were funded by the grant. Project Titles: Molecular, cytogenetic, gene expression and epigenetic profiles of haematopoietic stem cells of patients with Myelodysplastic syndrome in a Sri Lankan population” and “Molecular characterization of Mesenchymal stem cells of patients with Myelodysplastic syndrome in a Sri Lankan population”. (Co- Investigator). W.M.M.S.Bandara and A.J.I.S.Rathnayake (PhD students). Co-supervised with Prof. V.H.W. Dissanayake

Research with abstracts

 

Research Interests

 

Appointments

 

 

 

Appointments

POSITIONS HELD IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS/ORGANISATIONS NATIONAL 

  1. Sri Lanka College of Haematologists Council member - 2008, 2009 Joint Secretary – 2011 Editorial Board Committee Member – 2012 Editor – 2013 to date 
  2. Teachers association of the Faculty of Medicine University of Colombo Treasurer - 2008/2009 & 2009/2010
 

Memberships

NATIONAL 1. Life member, Sri Lanka Medical Association

Life member,Sri Lanka College of Haematologist 9

Life member, The College of Pathologists of Sri Lanka

Undergraduate

 

 

  • Course Co-ordinator MSc in Regenerative Medicine. [Feb 2013 to date]
  • Chairperson Blood and Lymphoreticular system module, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. [Feb 2015 to date]
  • Member - Committee of Animal House, Faculty of Medicine [2015 to date]
  • Mentor in the Performance guidance and mentorship program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. [Sept 2016 to date]
  • Member of the Committee for ISO 15189 accreditation for laboratories, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. [Sept 2016 to date]

 

 Postgraduate

 

 

Projects

  

Publications

 

 

Books/Book Chapter 

 

Conference Paper 

 INTERNATIONAL 

  • Bandara M, Dissanayake VHW, Goonasekara HWW. The utility of haematopoietic stem cell karyotyping in the diagnosis of de novo myelodysplastic syndromes. Journal of Hematopathology. 2016, 9(3):121-128doi: 10.1007/s12308-016-0283-6. 
  • Rathnayake AJI, Goonasekara HWW, Dissanayake VHW. Phenotypic and Cytogenetic Characterization of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in de novo Myelodysplastic Syndromes. Analytical Cellular Pathology. Volume 2016, Article ID 8012716, 11 pages. doi: 10.1155/2016/8012716. 
  • Bandara WMMS, Rathnayake AJIS, Goonasekera HWW, Dissanayake VHW. Development of Cytogenetic Abnormalities in Myelodysplastic Syndromes. J Mol Genet Med 2016;10:217. doi:10.4172/1747-0862.1000217. 
  • [IF 1.258] Hettiarachchi D, Dissanayake VHW, Goonasekera HWW. Optimizing amniotic membrane tissue banking protocols for ophthalmic use. Cell Tissue Bank. 2016 Sep;17(3):387-97. doi: 10.1007/s10561-016-9568-3. Epub 2016 Jul 18. 
  • Kalpage HA, Sumathipala DS, Goonasekara HW, Dissanayake VH.A Study on Hereditary Thrombophilia and Stroke in a Cohort from Sri Lanka.J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2016 Jan;25(1):102-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2015.08.042. Epub 2015 Oct 27. 
  • Gunathilake KMD, Sirisena UND, Nisansala PKD, Goonasekera HWW, Jayasekara RW, Dissanayake VHW. The Prevalence of the Prothrombin (F2) 20210G>A Mutation in a Cohort of Sri Lankan Patients with Thromboembolic Disorders. Indian J Hematol BloodTransfus (July-Sept 2015) 31(3):356-361 DOI 10.1007/s12288-014-0452-7.
 
    • NATIONAL 
  • CME Article. A case of Haemoglobinopathy. Goonasekera HWW. Journal of the Sri Lanka College of Haematologists. Volume 4, No. 1 August 2012. 30-31 
  • Direct oxidant damage to red cells associated with Propanil ingestion. Kurukulasooriya A.P., Asokan P, Dissanayake H.W.W.. The Ceylon Medical Journal 2003;48(3):88-9

Journal Paper 

 

INTERNATIONAL

  1. Bandara W.M.M.S., Neththikumara NF, Goonasekera H. W. W. , Dissanayake V. H. W. Investigating the Mutational Status of Haematopoietic Stem Cells in de novo Myelodysplastic Syndromes. Sri Lanka Medical Association, 130th anniversary International Medical Congress, 13th -16th July 2017, Hotel Galadari, Colombo ,Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in the Ceylon Medical Journal Volume 62, Supplement 1, P 266). 
  2. Bandara WM M S, Dissanayake V H W, Goonasekera HW W. Cytogenetic characterization of bone marrow and hematopoietic stem cells in primary Myelodysplastic Syndromes. Second International conference on Natural Products Genomics and Drug Discovery, “Basic and Translational Research on Cancer and Inflammation” June 23-24 2016, Colombo , Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in the proceedings of the conference p13). 
  3. Rathnayake IS, Dissanayake VHW, Goonasekara HWW. (June 2016), Molecular characterization of mesenchymal stem cells of patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome in Sri Lanka. Second International conference on Natural Products Genomics and Drug Discovery, “Basic and Translational Research on Cancer and Inflammation” June 23-24 2016, Colombo , Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in the proceedings of the conference p13). 
  4. Rathnayake IS, Dissanayake VHW, Goonasekara HWW. (June 2016), Molecular characterization of mesenchymal stem cells of patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome in Sri Lanka. 2nd International Conference on Natural Products Genomics and Drug discovery. 
  5. Hettiarachchi D, Dissanayake VHW, Goonasekara 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.) 
  6. Hettiarachchi D, Dissanayake VHW, Goonasekara 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.) 
  7. Hettiarachchi D, Dissanayake VHW, Goonasekara 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.) 
  8. Bandara WMMS, Goonasekara HWW, Dissanayake VHW. Cytogenetic characterisation of Sri Lankan patients with De novo Myelodysplatic Syndromes. 13th International Congress of Human Genetics. 2 to 8 April 2016. Kyoto, Japan. (Abstracted in the proceedings of the conference.) 
  9. Rathnayake AJIS, Dissanayake VHW, Goonasekara HWW. (December, 3rd 2015), Cytogenetic Characteristics of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Proceedings of 9th UK Mesenchymal Stem Cell Meeting- Manchester 2015; poster. 
  10. Ishak-Sahabdeen C, Goonasekara HWW, Gunatilake M, Dissanayake VHW. Experimental study – Neural stem cell density in Hippocampal vs. Lateral Ventrical regions of the mouse brain and the use of gelatin and collagen as alternative differentiation matrices. The 8th Federation of the Asian and Oceanian Physiological Societies Congress. 22 to 25 November 2015. Bangkok, Thailand. (Abstraced in the proceedings of the conference.) 
  11. Jayawardena SMA, Weththasinghe KT, Sumathipala D, Goonasekera 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) 
  12. Goonasekara HWW, Sandamal LYS, Weerasekera LY, Jayasekara RW, Dissanayake VHW. A Family Series of Genetic Thrombophilic Polymorphisms in Sri Lanka. International conference on Frontiers in Molecular Life Sciences. September 16 -18, 2009. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in the Proceedings of the Conference:35-6) 
  13. Kuruppu A, Sandamal LYS, Weerasekera LY, Goonasekara HWW, Jayasekara RW, Dissanayake VHW. A descriptive study of the prevalence of Factor V (F5) 1691G>A, Prothrombin (F2) 20210G>A and methylenetetrahydrofolate 677C>T polymorphisms among patients with thromboembolism in the Sri Lankan population. International conference on Frontiers in Molecular Life Sciences. September 16 -18, 2009. Colombo,Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in the Proceedings of the Conference:36) 
  14. Weerasekera LY, Goonasekara HWW, Jayasekara RW, Dissanayake VHW. A descriptive study of the prevalence of factor V (F5) 1691 G>A, prothrombin (F2) 20210G>A and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) 677C>T polymorphisms among patients with thromboembolism in the Sri Lankan population. 13th Human Genome Meeting. 5 September 27-30, 2008. Hyderabad, India. (Abstracted in the proceedings of the 13th Human Genome Meeting. 229



NATIONAL 
  1. W.M.M.S. Bandara , N.F Neththikumara, A.J.I.S Rathnayake, V. H. W. Dissanayake. H. W. W. Goonasekera. Next Generation Sequencing Analysis of Haematopoietic Stem Cells in a Sri Lankan Cohort of Myelodysplastic Syndromes Patients. Sri Lanka college of Haematologists Annual Scientific Sessions 2017. 28th to 29th September, Hakka trans Hikkaduwa, Sri lanka (Abstracted in the proceedings of the conference p22). 
  2. A.J.I.S Rathnayake, , N.F Neththikumara, W.M.M.S. Bandara , V. H. W. Dissanayake. H. W. W. Goonasekera. Next Generation Sequencing Analysis of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in a Sri Lankan Cohort of Myelodysplastic Syndromes Patients. Sri Lanka college of Haematologists Annual Scientific Sessions 2017. 28th to 29th September, Hakka trans Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka (Abstracted in the proceedings of the conference p21). 
  3. Mansoor FZ, Goonesekera HWW, Dissanayake VHW. Differentiation of osteogenic cells from umbilical cord derived mesenchymal stem cells. Annual Research Symposium of the University of Colombo, October 2015. Award – 2nd Place Poster Presentations. (Abstracted in the Proceedings of the Annual Research Symposium, 91)
  4. 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) 
  5. Savanadasa RS, Goonesekera HWW, Dissanayake VHW. Differentiation of endothelial cells from umbilical cord derived mesenchymal stem cells. Annual Research Symposium of the University of Colombo, October 2015. (Abstracted in the Proceedings of the Annual Research Symposium, 90) Ishak-Sahabdeen C, Goonasekara HWW, Gunatilake M, Dissanayake VHW. Modification of existing protocol for neural stem cell (NSC) differentiation using low cost matrices and NS population assessment of mouse neurogenic zones. Annual Research Symposium of the University of Colombo, October 2015. (Abstracted in the Proceedings of the Annual Research Symposium, p84) 
  6. Hettiarachchi D, Goonasekara 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. 
  7. Mansoor F.Z, Goonasekara HWW, Dissanayake VHW. Differentiation of Umbical cord derived mesenchymal stem cells to osteogenic cells. A therapeutic target for bone defects. Second Annual Geriatric Sessions, SLAGM, 20-21 November 2015, Waters Edge, Battaramulla (Abstracted in the Proceedings of the conference OP - 05) 
  8. GodapitiyaIUH, SirisenaUND, GoonasekeraHWW, NisansalaPKD, JayasekaraRW, DissanayakeVHW. Prevalence of Factor V Leiden polymorphism in Sri Lankan patients referred for Thrombophilia screening.127th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. July 16-18, 2014. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (OP:48 ).Abstracted in the Ceylon Medical Journal. CMJ. 2014; 59 (supple 1):31) 
  9. KulathungaLAN, SirisenaUND, GoonasekeraHWW, NisansalaPKD, JayasekaraRW, DissanayakeVHW. Prevalence of MTHFR 677C>T (rs1801133) gene polymorphism in patients referred for thrombophilia screening in Sri Lanka. 127th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. July 16-18, 2014. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (OP:49). Abstracted in the Ceylon Medical Journal. CMJ. 2014; 59 (supple 1):32) 
  10. GodapitiyaIUH, SirisenaUND, GoonasekeraHWW, NisansalaPKD, JayasekaraRW, DissanayakeVHW. GoonasekeraHWW,Kuruppu AI, Wijewardene I, Jayasekara RW, Dissanayake VHW. JAK2 mutation prevalence among patients with Myeloproliferative 
  11. neoplasms and thrombophilia in Sri Lanka. 125th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. July 2-6, 2012. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in the Ceylon Medical Journal 2012, 57 (supple 1):54) 6 
  12. GoonasekeraHWW,Kuruppu AI, Jayasekara RW, Dissanayake VHW. Hereditary Thrombophilia in a cohort of patients with thromboembolism in Sri Lanka. 125th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. July 2-6, 2012. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in the Ceylon Medical Journal 2012, 57 (supple 1):53) 
  13. Kuruppu A, Wijewardene I, Goonasekara HWW, Jayasekara RW, Dissanayake VHW. The prevalence of JAK2V617F mutation among patients referred for genetic thrombophilia screening .Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Haematologists. July 15 to 16, 2011. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in the Proceedings of the Conference) 
  14. Hidellage NT, Goonasekera HWW, Jayasekara RW, WijesundaraWSS, DissanayakeVHW.Factor 5 Hong Kong and Cambridge mutations are absent in patients with deep vein thrombosis.124th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. June 7 to 10, 2011. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in the Ceylon Medical Journal 2011, 56 (supple 1):32) 
  15. Kuruppu A, Wijewardene I, Weerasekera, LY, Goonasekara HWW, Jayasekara RW, Dissanayake VHW. The prevalence of JAK2 V677F and MTHFR 677C>T and 1298A>C variants in thrombophilia patients in Sri Lanka.124th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. June 7 to 10, 2011. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in the Ceylon Medical Journal 2011, 56 (supple 1):67) 
  16. Hidellage NT, Goonasekera HWW, Jayasekara RW, Wijesundara WSS, DissanayakeVHW.Factor 5 Hong Kong and Cambridge mutations are absent in patients with deep vein thrombosis.124th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. June 7 to 10, 2011. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in the Ceylon Medical Journal 2011, 56 (supple 1):32) 
  17. Weerasekera LY, Goonasekara HWW, Jayasekara RW, Dissanayake VHW. A descriptive study of the prevalence of factor V (F5) 1691 G>A, prothrombin (F2) 20210G>A andmethylenetetrahydrofolatereductase (MTHFR) 677C>T polymorphisms among patients with thromboembolism in the Sri Lankan population. 41st Annual Academic Sessions of the Ceylon College of Physicians, October 2-4, 2008. (Abstracted in the Proceedings of the Annual Academic Sessions of the CCP, 49) 
  18. Dissanayake VHW, Weerasekara LY, Goonasekara, HWW, Jayasekara RW. Genetic Thrombophilic polymorphisms in Sri Lankan patients presenting with Deep Vein Thrombosis.(Abstracted in the Proceedings of the Annual Scientific Sessions of the SLCOG, 114) 
  19. Goonasekara HWW, Weerasekera LY, Dammika L, Tudawe MN, Dissanayake VHW. A descriptive study of the prevalence of inherited thrombophilic risk factors in a group of patients presenting with thrombophilia. 9th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Haematologists, August 29-30, 2008. (Abstracted in the Proceedings of the 9th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Haematologists. 28) 
  20. WeerasekeraLY, GoonasekaraHWW, Nanayakkara HLV, Weerathunga RP, Gunasekara NCA, Jayasekara RW, Dissanayake VHW. A descriptive study of the prevalence of factor V (F5) 1691G>A, prothrombin (F2) 20210G>A and methylenetetrahydrofolatereductase (MTHFR) 677C>Tpolymorphisms among patients with thromboembolism in the Sri Lankan population.9th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Haematologists, August 29-30, 2008.(Abstracted in the Proceedings of the 9th Annual Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Haematologists. 29) 
  21. Dissanayake VHW, Weerasekera LY, Goonasekera HWW, Jayasekara RW. A comparative study of genetic thrombophilic polymorphisms in children presenting with thrombosis with that of the Sri Lankan general population. 11th Annual Scientific Congress of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians. June 19-22, 2008. Kandy, Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in the Proceedings of the 11th Annual Scientific Congress of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians, 63) 
  22. Dissanayake VHW, Weerasekera LY, Gammulla CG, Andraweera PH, Wetthasinghe TK, Goonasekera HWW, Jayasekara RW. Genetic thrombophilic polymorphisms and pregnancy complications. 121st Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. March 19-22, 2008. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in the Ceylon Medical Journal 2008, 53 (supple 1): 30)

Teaching Areas

 

 

Undergraduate

 

Postgraduate

 

SERVICE AS AN EXAMINER/REVIEWER OF SCIENTIFIC WORK

 CURRENT PhD STUDENTS

  1.  W. M.M.N.S. Bandara (Lecturer, Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, General Sir John Kotalawela Defence University); Project title “Molecular, cytogenetic, gene expression and epigenetic profiles of hematopoietic stem cells of patients with Myelodysplastic syndrome in a Sri Lankan population”. Co-supervisor: Prof. Vajira H.W. Dissanayake
  2. I. Rathnayake (Lecturer, Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, General Sir John
  3. Kotalawela Defence University); Project title “Molecular characterization of mesenchymal stem cells of patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome in a Sri Lankan population." . Co-supervisor: Prof. Vajira H.W. Dissanayake

 

 GRADUATED MSc STUDENTS

 MSc Regenerative Medicine

  1.  Dr. Dineshani Sirisena Dissertation Title: Comparative study of cell viability, morphology and karyotype of the amniotic membrane before and after cryopreservation. Co-supervisor: Prof. Vajira H.W. Dissanayake
  2. F. Zahara Mansoor Dissertation Title:Differentiation of osteogenic cells from placental tissue derived Mesenchymal Stem cells. Co-supervisor: Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake
  3. Dr. R. S. Savanadasa Dissertation Title: Differentiation of endothelial cells from mesenchymal stem cells , isolated from human placental tissue (amniotic membrane ) and umbilical cord. Co-supervisor: Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake
  4. Chedliya Ishak Sahabdeen. Dissertation Title: Comparative analysis of the neural stem cell populations in the hippocampal and lateral ventricle regions of the rodent brain. Co-supervisors: Prof. Vajira H.W. Dissanayake, Prof. M. Gunatilake

 

 MSc in Clinical Genetics

 

  1. Dr. S.M.A. Jayawardana. Dissertation Title: Phenotypic characteristics of a cohort of patients with –α3.7 and –α4.2 deletions. Co-supervisors: Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake, Dr. Dulika Sumathipala
  2. Dr. A. G. P. M. Padeniya Dissertation Title: Genetic Modifiers of Beta Thalassaemia : Phenotype-Genotype Relationship In a Sri Lankan Population. Co-supervisor: Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake

 

MSc in Genetic Diagnostics

 

  1. D. J. S. Opanayaka Dissertation Title: A Study of Chromosomal abnormalities in Sri Lankan children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia ( ALL ) by conventional cytogenetic and molecular cytogenetic diagnostic techniques. Co- Supervisor: Prof. Rohan W. Jayasekara, Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake

 

 

Other

  

INVITED LECTURES

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

  1. Paving the way for the development of Cancer therapies and Tissue Regeneration –Human Genetics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.General Sir John Kotelawala Defence UniversityInternational Research conference 2017.Pre Conference Workshop on Biomedical Engineering“Expanding Access to Healthcare through Bioengineering Advances”Wednesday, 2nd August 2017, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka
  2. Developing cellular platforms for natural product testing Third International Conference on Natural Products Genomics and Drug Discovery. "Basic and Translational Research on Cancer and Inflammation" 10 – 11 July 2017,Colombo, Sri Lanka Building a platform for anti-cancer drug discovery / testing in Sri Lanka Second International Conference on Natural Products Genomics and Drug Discovery "Basic and Translational Research on Cancer and Inflammation". 23 – 24 June 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

NATIONAL

  1. “Investigation & management of childhood thrombosis” - 17th Annual Academic Sessions Sri Lanka College of Haematologists. Pre-congress Workshop on Haematology in Paediatrics. Sri Lanka Medical Association, Colombo, Sri Lanka(Sept, 2016)
  2. “Introduction to stem cells and their clinical Applications” Application & Hands on Training Workshop on Human Stem Cells. Human Genetics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo (18-20 May, 2016)
  3. “Microscopic anatomy of stem cells & characterization of stem cells”. Application & Hands on Training Workshop on Human Stem Cells. Human Genetics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo (14-16 July, 2014)
  4. “Genetics of Polycythaemia” - Sri Lanka Medical Association Annual Academic Sessions Pre congress Workshop on “Cancer genetics – Diagnostics, Prognostication and Pharmacogenomics (2013)
  5. “Genetic Testing in Myeloproliferative Neoplasms” – Sri Lanka College of Haematologists Annual Sessions (2011)
  6. “Novel Diagnostics in Clinical Practice; Sri Lankan Experience 68th Annual Academic Sessions, Galle Medical Association (2009)
  7. “Genetic thrombophilia” - Sri Lanka Medical Association Annual Sessions (2009)
  8. “Genetic thrombophilia” - Sri Lanka College of Haematologists Annual Sessions (2009)
  9. “Thrombophilia Testing” - Sri Lanka College of Pathologists (2005)

 

 

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