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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
105113
Status
Published
Date of creation
2013-11-07 11:11 UTC (secretary@environmentmin.gov.lk)
Date of last update
2020-11-30 18:14 UTC (sec@env.gov.lk)
Date of publication
2020-11-30 19:07 UTC (anastasia.beliaeva@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Sri Lanka
Profile of the Expert
D.Sc. Honoris causa, Sabaragamuwa University; Ph.D. (UK), Applied Genetics; M.Sc. (Japan), Genetics & Plant Breeding; B.Sc. Agri; Postdoctoral training in Biotechnology UK, USA
Prof. Athula Perera began his academic career at the University of Peradeniya, in 1974 and retired as a Senior Professor in 2013 with more than 200 publications (including books and journals) and presentations.  His last appointment was Director, PGIA, University of Peradeniya, from 2006-2011.
Due to his involvement in Biosafety activities, he was appointed by the Ministry of Environment in 2003 as the National Coordinator of the National Biosafety Framework Project, which was successfully completed in 2006 and won an international award.  He has coordinated several national training programmes related to Biosafety from 2006 up to date.
He was appointed by the UN as a Consultant to assist the Republic of the Maldives to prepare their Biosafety Framework.  He was also appointed a Local Consultant by the FAO to prepare the ongoing Biosafety Project.  At present he is a Consultant in Biosafety to the National Science Foundation
Personal Information
Coordinates
Prof. Athula Perera
23, Araliya Mawatha, Sirimal Uyana, Ratmalana
Ratmalana, Western
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 (0)77 706 2415
Email:profaperera@gmail.com
Gender
  • Male
Nationalities
  • Sri Lankan
Date of birth
1946
Place of birth
Sri Lanka
Current employment
Employer / Organization
University of Peradeniya
Acronym
UPDN
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Department / Division / Unit
Faculty of Agriculture
Start date
2013
Main responsibilities
Oversee the activities of the Institute
He initiated and developed all the biotechnology activities at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya.  He established the very first Biotechnology laboratory.  Also, he was the first Director of the Agricultural Biotechnology Centre of the university. He initiated Biosafety related activities to the undergraduate curriculum and prepared the only Postgraduate Biosafety course in Sri Lanka.  He still carries out this course as the coordinator.
Since 2003, he coordinated more than 100 awareness programmes, training programmes and workshops in Biosafety.  He was invited to several regional and International training programmes and workshops and was a Sri Lanka delegate to the UN COP-MOP meeting in India.  In almost all of these, a major area for discussion and training was matters related to the Clearing House mechanism.
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
University of Peradeniya
Acronym
UPDN
Start date
2006
Ending date
2011
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Main areas of responsibility
Director
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
University of Peradeniya
Acronym
UPDN
Start date
1975
Ending date
2013
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Main areas of responsibility
Senior lecturer
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
B.Sc. Agriculture
Name of academic institution
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Start date
1969
Ending date
1974
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
M.Sc. Genetics & Plant Breeding
Name of academic institution
Obihiro Chikusan University,Japan
Start date
1977
Ending date
1980
Formal education
Third Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: Ph.D. in Microbiology
Ph.D. Applied Genetics
Name of academic institution
University of Burmingham,United Kingdom
Start date
1981
Ending date
1985
Other professional qualifications
List of other relevant professional qualifications
D.Sc. Honoris causa: Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka 2012
Rockefeller Foundation USA, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biotechnology 1992 - 1994, UK; USA
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Biosafety policy
  • Biotechnology policy
  • Risk communication
  • Biosafety systems development and implementation expertise
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics
  • Biosafety
  • National biosafety legal systems
  • Risk assessment & management of LMO/GMO/FFPs
  • Administrative procedures and enforcement
  • Biosafety Clearing-House operations
  • Project management
Publications
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
Samarasinghe, W.L.G., Perera, A.L.T., Wickramasinghe, I.P and Rajapakse, S. 2010. Morphological and molecular characterization of Musa germplasm in Sri Lanka and selection of superior genotypes. Acta Hort. (ISHS). 879:571-577
Alwis, L.M.H.R., Perera, A.L.T. and Samarasinghe, W.L.G. 2009.  Breeding and selection of new varieties of tomatoes superior for yield and fruit quality characters using molecular and classical breeding techniques. Proc. Australasian Conference. Australia.  (in Press).    *  Won the Best Research Paper award at the conference.                       
Rajasinghe, M.H.I.D., Fernandopulle, N.D. and Perera A.L.T.  2009.  Screening for genetically modified soy food available at selected supermarkets in Sri Lanka. Peradeniya University Research Sessions. December, 2009.
List of other publications files
Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
UN Consultant on Biosafety to the Republic of the Maldives
FAO Consultant on Biosafety
International Award for successfully completing the Framework Project
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
Member of Experts Committee - Ministry of Environment - as an expert in Biosafety
Member of Biosafety Coordinating Committee - Ministry of Environment - coordinating all biosafety activities in the country
Member of Research Advisory Board, National Science Foundation - the Apex body that approves matters related to research
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • Singhalese
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
  • Japanese
/C
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
References
References
Pathmalatha Abeykoon
The Director
Biodiversity Secretariat
Ministry of Environment
Sobadam Piyasa",416/C/1, Robert Gunawardana Mawatha
Battaramulla,
Colombo, Western
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 11 2034121
Fax:+94 11 2879944
Email:pathma66@gmail.com
Url:http://www.env.gov.lk
Prof. D.K.N.G Pushpakumara
Senior Professor
Faculty of Agriculture
University of Peradeniya
Kandy
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 (0)81 239 5010,+94 (0)71 493 3591
Email:deanagri@pdn.ac.lk,ngpkumara63@gmail.com