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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
115820
Status
Published
Date of creation
2020-11-30 08:46 UTC (sec@env.gov.lk)
Date of publication
2020-11-30 15:43 UTC (anastasia.beliaeva@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Sri Lanka
Profile of the Expert
Prof. Pradeepa Bandaranayake is currently serving as the Director of Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, and a Senior Lecturer attached to the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. She has four postgraduate degrees; PhD from the University of California Davis with Designated Emphasis and Biotechnology, MSc in Horticulture and Agronomy from the University of California Davis and a MSc in Biotechnology and an MPhil Degree in Crop Science from the University of Peradeniya.
Winning the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship from the Government of the USA was the turning point in her life. As a Fulbright Fellow, she joined the University of California, Davis and followed two degrees in parallel, MSc and a PhD. During her graduate studies, she secured several prestigious fellowships and awards offered to outstanding students and researchers including, University of California- Davis Plant Science Graduate Student Researcher Fellowship, Monsanto Scholarship, John and Terry Kubota Scholarship for Plant Sciences for two consecutive years, UC Davis Graduate Fellowship, Jastro-Shields Research Award for three consecutive years, Margosa Foundation Fellowship and IAPB Fellowship. She still has collaborative projects with UC Davis and visits every year to pursue collaborative work.
Currently, Pradeepa conducts her research in molecular biology, biochemistry and genomics, leading several foreign and locally funded projects. She has co-authored over 15 SCI journal publications, over 10 local journal publications, 5 book chapters, over 40 abstracts and extended abstracts and many conference presentations. Currently she supervises nine PhD students and seven MPhil students. She serves in several national level committees in biotechnology and related areas.
She won the Presidential Awards for Scientific Publications for year 2010, 2012, 2103 and 2105 and the NRC Merit Award for 2011.  She has recently secured several other prestigious fellowships and awards including the Cochran Fellowship from the US Department of Agriculture, Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Government, Annual Research Excellence Award Faculty of Agriculture University of Peradeniya, the Early Career Fellowship from the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World, an UN organization and the SL-CARP awards for Excellence in Agriculture Research 2019.

Personal Information
Coordinates
Prof. Pradeepa Bandaranayake
Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya
Kandy
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 (0)81 238 7180,+94 (0)71 870 4166
Fax:+94 (0)81 238 7180
Email:pradeepag@agri.pdn.ac.lk
Url:http://agri.pdn.ac.lk/agbc/
Gender
  • Female
Nationalities
  • Sri Lankan
Date of birth
1974
Place of birth
Sri Lanka
Current employment
Employer / Organization
University of Peradeniya
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Department / Division / Unit
Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, Faculty of Agriculture
Start date
2003
Main responsibilities
Conducts her research in molecular biology, biochemistry and genomics, leading several foreign and locally funded projects.
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • United States of America
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
University of California, Davis
Start date
2011
Ending date
2011
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
B.Sc. Sp in Agriculture
Name of academic institution
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Start date
1997
Ending date
2002
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
M.Sc. in Biotechnology, MPhil in Crop Science, MSc. in Hort and Agronomy
Name of academic institution
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Start date
2002
Ending date
2006
Formal education
Third Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: Ph.D. in Microbiology
Ph.D. in Plant Biology with Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology
Name of academic institution
University of California, Davis
Start date
2007
Ending date
2010
Other professional qualifications
List of other relevant professional qualifications
Endeavour Research Fellow, Plant Genomics Centre, Department of Food and Wine, University of Adelaide, Australia, October 2018-February 2019
Visiting Researcher/Scientist, Department of Plant Sciences- UC Davis- October-December, 2012, June-September 2014, October-December 2015, October-December 2016, June-July, 2017
Consultant, Scientist, Lankem PLC, R &D, Special project on development of a P-fertilizer from Epplawala Rock Phosphaste, July 2015-July 2016
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Botany, forestry and plant agricultural sciences
  • Agrobiodiversity
  • Agronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biodiversity
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Crop protection
  • Ecology
  • Gene flow
  • Genetic engineering
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Molecular biology
  • Plant breeding
  • Taxonomy
  • Environmental Biology
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Biosafety policy
Publications
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
Chandrasekara, C. H. W. M. R. B., Sumanarathne, R. A. P. I., & Bandaranayake, P. C. G. Centellaasiatica Morphotypes Differ Genetically as well as Macronutrients Content, Total Phenolic Content and Chemical Fingerprints of Leaves, (2020)  Journal  of  Agricultural  Sciences-Sri  Lanka, 15(1).
Suriyagoda, L., Sirisena, D., Kekulandara, D., Bandaranayake, P., Samarasinghe, G., & Wissuwa, M. Biomass and nutrient accumulation rates of rice cultivars differing in their growth duration when grown in fertile and low-fertile soils, (2020) Journal of Plant Nutrition, 43(2), 251-269.
Kanchanamala, R. W. M. K., & Bandaranayake, P. C. G. An efficient and rapid Rhizobium rhizogenes root transformation protocol for Lemna minor. (2019) Plant Biotechnology Reports, 1-9. 4. Attanayake, R., Rajapaksha, R., Weerakkody, P. Bandaranayake, P.C.G. The Effect of Maturity Status on Biochemical Composition, Antioxidant Activity, and Anthocyanin Biosynthesis Gene Expression in a Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) Cultivar with Red Flowers, Yellow Peel, and Pinkish Arils. (2019)Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, pp.1-15.
List of other publications files
Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
Presidential awards for scientific publications in molecular biology for several years
SL-CARP National Research Excellence Award
Fulbright award
Professional memberships
Member of the working committee on Biotechnology- 2019 June to date
Member of the national committee on Agricultural Biotechnology of Sri Lanka 2013 - to date
Member of the steering committee of Young Scientists Forum (YSF) of Sri Lanka, 2015, 2016
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
Member of the scientific committee of 14th World Congress  of  Parasitic  Plants,  16th  to  29th  June 2017, in Asilomar, California, USA
Chair of the ceremonial committee of One Health International conference organized by University of Peradeniya and University of California, Davis, 5th and 6th September 2014, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • Singhalese
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • English
/A
References
References
Prof. John I Yoder
Professor and Vice Chair of Teaching and Curriculum
Department of Plant Sciences
University of California, Davis
Mail Drop 3
Asmundson Hall
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616
California
United States of America
Phone:530-752-1741
Email:jiyoder@ucdavis.edu
Prof. Diane Mather
Professor and J.A.T. Mortlock Chair in Crop Improvement
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, Waite Research Institute
University of Adelaide
Plant Genomics Centre, Waite Campus,  PMB 1, Glen Osmond SA 5064
Glen Osmand
Australia
Phone:+61 8 8313 7156
Email:diane.mather@adelaide.edu.au
Prof. Diane Beckles
Associate Professor
Department of Plant Sciences
University of California, Davis
Mail Drop 3
Asmundson Hall
Davis, CA 95616
California
United States of America
Phone:530 754 4779
Email:dmbeckles@ucdavis.edu