Dr Gayani Harendra

Dr Gayani Harendra

Senior Lecturer II

Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences,
University of Colombo,
Colombo 03,
Sri Lanka.
Room: 105
Work Phone: +94112158381

Academic and Professional qualifications

 Academic Qualifications

PhD in Molecular Genetics  (2012) at Human Genetics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Distinction in M.Sc. by Research in Molecular Genetics (2006) at University of Leeds, UK.

First Class Honours in B.Sc. Special Degree Course in Zoology (1996-2001) at Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

 

Professional Qualifications

International Certificate Course on Laboratory Animal Science conducted by FELASSA Cat. C. in collaboration with the Utrecht University, Netherlands. 2011.

Successfully completed the Intensive Course for in-house trainees in Molecular Biology and Gene Technology offered by Institute of Genetech; Molecular Diagnostics and School of Gene Technology, Sri Lanka.2004.

Followed a one year course as an internal student in the Institute of Psychological Studies, Sri Lanka (A registered Institution, under Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission Act) and obtained;

  • An Honours pass for the Advanced Certificate of Guidance and Counseling
  • An Honours pass for the Diploma in Psychology

 

Teaching areas

Molecular Biology, Epigenetics, Microevolution, Medical Genetics, Developmental Genetics, Human Genetics,  Bioethics and Medical Ethics, Parasitology

 

Research interests

Population Genetics, Medical Genetics, DNA fingerprinting in forensic and kinship analysis

 

Publications

  • Rubikah Vimonish, Gayani Harendra Galhena ,Kuda Liyanage Nandika Perera , Manjula Priyantha Sumith Magamage (2017) Molecular detection of Babesia bovis and Babesia bigemina in suspected carrier cattle and ticks in selected localities in Sri Lanka. Asian Australian Journal of Animal Sciences
  • Chenthuran, G. G. Harendra, R. W. Jayasekara, V. H. W. Polymorphism in the epidermal growth factor gene is associated with pre-eclampsia and low birthweight. (2014) The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research 40(5):1235–1242, DOI: 10.1111/jog.12362
  • G. Harendra, R. W. Jayasekara, V. H. W. Dissanayake. Haplotypes of Heparin-binding EGF-like Growth Factor (HBEGF) gene are associated with preeclampsia. (2011). The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research 38(1):239-46 Doi:10.1111/j.1447-0756.2011.01700.x
  • G. Harendra, R. W. Jayasekara, V. H. W. Dissanayake. In silico analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the HBEGF gene and their allelic profiles in the Sri Lankan population: a comprehensive approach to prioritise SNP markers for candidate gene studies. (2011). Sri Lankan Journal of Bio Medical Informatics 2:21-37. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljbmi.v2i1.2926 
  • Ratnasooriya, W. D., Deraniyagala, S. A., Galhena, G., Liyanage, S.S.P., Bathige, S. D. N. K. and Jayakody, J.R.A.C. (2005). Anti-inflammatory activity of the aqueous leaf extract of Ixora coccinea in rats. Pharmaceutical Biology. 43 (2) 4
  • Ratnasooriya, W. D., Galhena, G., Liyanage, S. S. P., Jayakody, J. R. A. C., Hettiarachchi, A. D. I. and Ediriweera, E. R. H. S. S. (2004). Antidiarrhoeal activity of decoction of Scoparia dulcis in rats. Vidyoda Journal of Science. 12. 57-63
  • Dharmasiri, M. G., Jayakody, J. R. A. C., Galhena, G., Liyanage S. S. P. and Ratnasooriya, W. D. (2003). Anti – inflammatory and analgesic activities of mature fresh leaves of Vitex negundo. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 87, 199-206.
  • Ratnasooriya, W. D., Galhena, G., Liyanage, S. S. P., Jayakody, J. R. A. C. and Ediriweera, E. R. H. S. S. (2002). Analgesic and antihyperalgesic activities of decoction of Sri Lankan Scoparia dulcis in rats. Journal of Tropical Medicinal Plants, 4, 692-694. 

On-going Research Projects

  1. The feasibility of using EPIC markers to detect population genetic structures of dengue vectors Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in Sri Lanka. Funded by Collaborative Research Grants, University of Colombo.
  2. Spatial genetic structure of dengue vector Aedes aegypti in relation to recent dengue outbreaks in Sri Lanka. Funded by Small Research Grants. University of Colombo.
  3. Dengue virus infection rates in Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes in selected areas in Sri Lanka and its relationship with current dengue outbreaks. Funded by Research Scholarship Scheme, National Science Foundation Sri Lanka.
  4. A population genetic study of 12 X-STR loci in Sri Lankan population and its applicability in forensic and kinship analysis purposes. Funded by Competitive Research grants, National Research Council, Sri Lanka