Dr. Pradeepika Shaminie Saputhanthri

Dr. Pradeepika Shaminie Saputhanthri

Senior Lecturer

Department of Plant Sciences,
University of Colombo,
Colombo 03,
Sri Lanka.
Work Phone: +9411 258 5038 Ext 8033

ACADEMIC RECORD
  • Ph.D., University of Bath, U.K. (2007)

[Area of specialization: Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology] Title of thesis : Characterization of an Arabidopsis thaliana mutant purple patch inflorescence (ppi): a novel mutant allele of the COP9 Signalosome Subunit 5A

  • B.Sc. (Special Degree in Botany) First Class Honours, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (1998)
EMPLOYMENT RECORD
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Colombo.( Nov 2007 to present)
  • Lecturer, Department of Botany, University of Colombo (March 2000 to Nov 2007)
  • Assistant Lecturer (Temporary), Department of Botany, University of Colombo (April 1999 to March 2000)
  • Demonstrator (Temporary) , Department of Botany, University of Colombo (August 1998 to April 1999)
AWARDS AND PRIZES
  • Commonwealth full-scholarship, U.K. (January 2003 to April 2006)) to read for a PhD at the University of Bath, U.K.
  • Prof. B.L.T. de Silva memorial prize for proficiency in Botany, University of Colombo (1998)
  • University of Colombo, Department of Botany staff prize for proficiency in Botany (1997)
TRAINING
  • The Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE) Course conducted by the Staff Development Centre, University of Colombo (2001): obtained accreditation by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), UK and UGC Sri Lanka certification as a teacher in higher education.
  • Participated in a Regional Training Program in Plant Breeding, May 2001, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, held at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
PUBLICATIONS
  1. Saputhanthri, P.S. and Hooley, R. (2005) Characterization of an Arabidopsis thalianamutant purple patch inflorescence (ppi) with a reduced number of flowers.Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Vol. 141/A (3): S293
  2. Saputhanthri, P.S., Beachamps, K., Gaynor, S-M. and Hooley, R. (2004) Characterization of an Arabidopsis thaliana mutant with a reduced number of flowers.Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Vol. 137/A (3): S219
  3. Saputhanthri, P.S., Sanjeevani, H.H.V.M., Nandadasa, H.G. and Seneviratne, A.S. (2002) A Comparative Study of the Vegetation in Two Serpentine Sites of Sri Lanka:Proceedings of the 22 nd Annual Sessions of the Institute of Biology , Sri Lanka .
COMMUNICATIONS
Poster presentations in International Conferences:

  • Annual General Meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB): 11 th to 15 th July 2005- Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • Annual General Meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB): 29 th March to 2 nd April 2004- Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.