Postgraduate Studies

It is our philosophy that each graduate student should develop a broad understanding of basic biological principles in addition to obtaining specialized skills needed by the contemporary researcher.

The Department offers postgraduate research degrees at M Sc, MPhil and PhD levels and a taught Masters (M Sc) degree programme. Research work undertaken is carried out in modern, well-equipped laboratories. In addition the students have free access to good library and computer facilities including the Internet.

Department members pursue research in multitude of subject areas. Many have achieved eminence in respective fields and some have won prestigious awards.

Applicants who wish to register for M.Phil/Ph.D degrees should ensure that they have research funds /grants to enable them to undertake the proposed study. Relevant information and application forms can be obtained from the Senior Assistant registrar, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya. Applicants are advised to consult Head/Plant & Molecular Biology for further information prior to submitting a formal application.

Research Projects Leading to M Phil / Ph D Degrees

Ms Tushanthi Kahagalla (PhD programme)
Characterization, Reproductive Biology and Cultivar Improvement of Dendrobium spp. 

Dr H Herath, Senior Lecturer, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya.

Prof R N Attanayake, Professor, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya. 

Prof. R.A.S.P. Senanayake, Professor, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya. 


Ms Y.K.D.D.Thathsarani
(MPhil programme)
Evaluation of desirable traits in selected commercial Phalaenopsis cultivars for quality improvement

Prof. R.A.S.P. Senanayake, Professor, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya. 

Ms A I S Priyadarshan, Senior Lecturer, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya. 

Dr H Herath, Senior Lecturer,  Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya. 


Ms W E R Silva (
MPhil programme)
DNA barcoding, genetic diversity and pollen biology of selected dendrobiums in Sri Lanka and survival of transformed and mutated Protocorm Like Bodies (PLBs)

Prof. R.A.S.P. Senanayake, Professor, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya.         

Dr H. Herath, Senior Lecturer, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya.         

Prof R N Attanayake, Professor, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology,  University of Kelaniya. 

Prof R M C S Ratnayake, Professor, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya.


Ms R. P. I. V. Somasiri (MPhil programme)
Characterization and phytochemical evaluation of selected underutilized fruit plants and establishment of suitable propagation systems

Dr H Herath, Senior Lecturer, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya. 

Prof R M C S Ratnayake, Professor, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology,  University of Kelaniya. 

Prof. R.A.S.P. Senanayake, Professor, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology,  University of Kelaniya. 


Ms G.B.V.U. De Silva (PhD programme)
Formulation of Plant Protection Products (PPP) using selected local herbs for the management of sap-sucking pests. 

Prof. R.A.S.P. Senanayake, Professor, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya. 

Prof. B.T.S.D.P. Kannangara, Professor, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya. 

Prof. R.M. Dharmadasa,  Industrial Technology Institute


D.G.S.N. Samarasinghe (
MPhil programme)

Diversity and distribution of thermophilic microorganisms in hot springs of Sri Lanka: A metagenomic approach 

Dr. R.P. Wanigatunge, Senior Lecturer,  Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya.         

Prof. D.N. Magana-Arachchi, Molecular Microbiology and Human Diseases, National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy.   


W.M. Sanduni N. Bandara (
MPhil programme)

Accumulation of cyanotoxins and electrolytes into crops and leafy vegetables: A comparison between selected CKDu endemic areas and non-CKDu endemic areas in Sri Lanka

Dr. R.P. Wanigatunge, Senior Lecturer,  Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya.

Prof. D.N. Magana-Arachchi, Molecular Microbiology and Human Diseases, National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy.

Prof. M.S. Vithanage, Ecosphere Resilience Research Center, University of Sri Jayawardhanepura.



Ms. H.V.A.S. Koshila
(MPhil programme)
Molecular identification of fungi isolated from leaves and the digestive system of ant species crawled on brinjal plants and growth inhibition of plant-pathogenic fungi using plant extracts.

Prof. R. K. S. Dias, Professor,  Department of Zoology and Environmental Management, University of Kelaniya.

Dr. R.P. Wanigatunge, Senior Lecturer, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya.

Ms. W.H.M.V.P. Edirisinghe, Lecturer (Probationary), Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya. 



Ms. Prameesha Perera 
(MPhil programme)

Polyethylene degradation by wood decay fungi and genomic analysis of Plebiopsis sp. 

Prof. R.N. Attanayake , Professor, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya

Dr. Hrshini Herath, Senior Lecturer,  Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya

Dr. P. Wijesinghe, Senior Lecturer, Department of Botany, University of Peradeniya.


Mr. 
M.M.T.D. Neththipola (M Phil Programme)

Molecular diversity and spatial distribution of salt marsh vegetation in Sri Lanka.

Prof. R.N. Attanayake, Professor, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya.

Dr. Wasana de Silva, Senior Lecturer, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya.

Dr. D. Perera, Faculty of Technology, Department of Bioprocess Technology, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.

 

Recent graduates 



P. K. Madushani  MPhil

Reproductive biology and ecology of Typha angustifolia and development of management strategies to control its invasion in Man and Biosphere (MAB) wetland reserve at Bundala

Prof. M.D. Amarasinghe – Department of Plant & Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya

Dr. R.M.C.S. Ratnayake - Department of Plant & Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya

 Dr. D.D.G.I. Dahanayaka - Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka

 

H. A. Achala Ranasinghe  PhD

Formulation of a low cost organic liquid fertilizer from invasive plants and organic wastes for the cultivation of selected crops and ornamental plants

Prof. L. R. Jayasekera    Department of Plant & Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya         

Dr. S. D. P. Kannangara    Department of Plant & Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya   

Dr. S. Rathnayake   Department of Plant & Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya   

 

W.E.R. Silva  MPhil

Genetic diversity and cultivar development of Dendrobiums integrating classical and molecular biological tools 

Prof. R.A.S.P. Senanayaka - Department of Plant & Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya     

Dr. H. Herath - Department of Plant & Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya     

Dr. K. P. R. N. Attanayaka - Department of Plant & Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya     

Dr. R. M. C. S. Ratnayaka - Department of Plant & Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya     

 
Nalaka Hewawitharana PhD

Formulation of a low cost organic potting medium enriched with Tricoderma spp. for cultivation of selected vegetables and ornamental plants

Prof. L. R. Jayasekera    Department of Plant & Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya         

Dr. S. D. P. Kannangara    Department of Plant & Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya   

Prof. S.P. Senanayake- Professor, Department of Plant & Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya 


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