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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
115821
Status
Published
Date of creation
2020-11-30 09:21 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. Menaka Hapugoda is a Professor in Molecular Medicine and Medical Entomology, Molecular Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya holding a Ph.D degree in Medical Parasitology and a B.Sc special degree in Zoology. She was a Post Doctoral Fellow at International Centre for Genetic and Biotechnology and working on recombinant gene products for 2 years. She is the Principal Investigator in number of research projects worth SRLRs. 63 millions and EURO 627,011 and country coordinator in South-East Asian regional(RAS5/082) and inter-regional(INT5/155) IAEA/FAO networks on modified vectors. She has functioned as an international Expert for "Pakistan 5049 FAO/IAEA Workshop on "Dengue". Also, she has functioned as an international consultant for two projects funded by the IAEA. Further, she was a Consultant in Malaria Elimination Programme in Sri Lanka funded by the GLOBAL FUND for 5 years and was the Rapporteur drafting, "National Biotechnology act-Medicine Section" in 2012
Personal Information
Coordinates
Prof. Menaka Hapugoda
Molecular Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
Ragama
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 (0)11 296 0483,+94 (0)71 445 8606
Email:menakaha@yahoo.com,menakaha@kln.ac.lk
Url:https://medicine.kln.ac.lk/index.php/prof-menaka-hapugoda.html
Gender
  • Female
Nationalities
  • Sri Lankan
Date of birth
1971
Place of birth
Sri Lanka
Current employment
Employer / Organization
University of Kelaniya
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Department / Division / Unit
Molecular medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine
Start date
2018
Main responsibilities
Involved in teaching, research, services and providing expertise for international and national networks/programmes.
Teaching to under graduate and postgraduate students in Molecular Medicine, Medical and molecular Entomology, Genetic Engineering for 13 years as a senior academic staff member.
Conducting research over 20 years and supervised over 15 Post graduate students  working in the field of Molecular Medicine, Medical and molecular Entomology and Genetic Engineering. Information on research projects received in these areas are given below.
Genetic engineering

1. Principal Investigator, national technical co-operation project titled "Application of Molecular Diagnostics in Zoonotic Diseases in Sri Lanka" funded by the International Atomic Energy Agency (TC-SRL TC-SRL/5/042), 2009-2012.
2. Principal Investigator, research project titled "Performance of recombinant proteins as diagnostic intermediates of Chikungunya, Dengue and Leptospirosis" funded by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (Grant number CRP/SRI 08-2) and National Science Foundation (NSF) (RG/2009/BT/01), 2008-2011.

Modified vectors (Sterile male mosquitoes using ionizing radiations, transgenic mosquitoes and Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes)
1. Principal Investigator, National technical cooperation project titled "Establishing a national centre for Research, Training and Services in Medical and Molecular Entomology for vector-borne diseases control" by the International Atomic Energy Agency (TC SRL 5/47), 2016-2020.
2. Principal Investigator, Coordinated Research Project (CRP) titled "Establishment of mechanical, behavioral, genetic and molecular methods of sex separation in dengue   vector mosquitoes, Aedes albopictus and Ae. aegypti by the International Atomic Energy Agency (CRP D44001), 2017-2018.
3. Principal Investigator, Target oriented comprehensive research project on an operational model to control dengue in Sri Lanka using multiple vector control intervention, new product development and community engagement" by the National Research Council (NRC) (TO 12-14), 2015-2019 (SRL Rs. 50 millions)
4. Co-Investigator, High-tech transgenic approaches to control dengue by genetic engineering mosquito vector Aedes aegypti" funded by the Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development Operation (AHEAD) under Development Oriented Research Grant (DOR) STEM to the University of Colombo, 2019-2021 (SRL Rs. 40 millions)
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • India
  • Austria
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Start date
2006
Ending date
2018
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Main areas of responsibility
Involved in teaching, research (in molecular medicine and medical entomology),  services and involved in national vector control programmes. Further,she serve as a member and country coordinator  in number of international networks on modified mosquitoes to control dengue.
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (United Nations), New Delhi component
Start date
2004
Ending date
2006
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Main areas of responsibility
Involved in production of recombinant gene products (recombinant protein antigens, monoclonal antibodies and others) for two years.
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
B.Sc. special Degree in Zoology
Name of academic institution
University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
Start date
1994
Ending date
1998
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
Ph.D. in Medical Parasitology
Name of academic institution
Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
Start date
2000
Ending date
2004
Other professional qualifications
List of other relevant professional qualifications
Postdoctoral fellowship by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (United Nations) to conduct research in the field of mammalian biology: recombinant gene products at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi component for two years (1st of July-2004-29th of June, 2006)
Fellowship by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Japan International Co-operation Agency to train in the field of Nuclear Medicine and medical virology at the Dep. of Virology, WHO Collaborative Centre for Viral Reference and Research, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan for three months (15th of May, 2002-14th of August, 2002)
Fellowship by the by the International Atomic Energy Agency to train in the field of Nuclear and molecular Medicine at the IAEA head office, for 3 months in 2006. (18th of September, 2006-15th December, 2006)
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Human health
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management
  • Biotechnology
  • Entomology
  • Genetic engineering
  • Molecular biology
Publications
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
Hapugoda, M., Batra, G., Abeyewickreme, W., Swaminathan, S. and Khanna, N. (2007). Single Antigen Detects both Immunoglobulin M (IgM) and IgG Antibodies Elicited by All Four Dengue Virus Serotypes. Journal of Clinical and Vaccine Immunology 14 (11):  1505-1514. doi:  10.1128/CVI.00145-07
Harishchandra, J., Hapugoda, M. D., Premaratne, R.G., Gilles, J.R.L. and Abeyewickreme, W. (2017). Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) for control of Aedes albopictus (Skuse); mating competitiveness of sterile males in large semi field cages. Journal of Current Research Activities on Dengue 2: 20-23
Ramyasoma, H.P.B.K.D., Dassanayake, R.S., Gunawardene, Y.I.N.S., Hapugoda, M. and Abeyewickreme, W. (2017).  Engineering a transgenic mosquito expressing blood meal induced siRNA to block dengue virus transmission in Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus). Journal of Current Research Activities on Dengue 2: 24-28
List of other publications
Hapuarachchi, H.A., Bandara, K.B.A.T., Sumanadasa, S.D.M., Hapugoda, M.D., Lai, Y.L., Lee, K.S., Tan, L.K., Lin, R.T.P, Ng, L.F.P., Bucht, G.,  Abeyewickreme, W. and Ng, L.C. (2009). Re-emergence of Chikungunya virus in South-East Asia: virological evidence from Sri Lanka and Singapore. Journal of General Virology 91: 1067-1076. doi: 10.1099/vir.0.015743-0
Udayanga, N.W.B.A.L, Ranathunge, R.M.T.B, Iqbal M.C.M., Abeyewickreme, W. and Hapugoda, M., (2018). Predatory Efficacy of Mesocyclop and Cyclops Copepods on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus larvae under laboratory settings. PLOS ONE 14(5): e0216140. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0216140
Withanage, G.P., Viswakula, S.D., Gunawardena, N.S. and Hapugoda, M.D. (2018). A forecasting model for dengue incidences in the District of Gampaha, Sri Lanka. Journal of Parasites and Vectors 11(1): 262. doi: 10.1186/s13071-018-2828-2
List of other publications files
Awards and Professional Memberships
Awards received
Postdoctoral fellowship award by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (United Nations) to conduct research in the field of mammalian biology: recombinant gene products at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi component for two years (1st of July-2004-29th of June, 2006)
Presidential award for scientific publications in highly rated scientific research, 2010, on 31st of October, 2014
Presidential award for scientific publications in highly rated scientific research, 2013, on 18th of November, 2015
Professional memberships
Life member, Kelaniya University Faculty of Medicine Teacher's Association (KUFMTA), since 2006 upto date
Life member, Section A-Medical section, Sri Lanka Association of the Advancement of Science (SLAAS)
Technical committees, expert panels or advisory bodies served
Member in the South-East Asian regional network/committee networking IAEA/FAO member states working on Managing and controlling Aedes vector populations using the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) (RAS 6/066), 2016. There were 14 countries in the network. Participated regular meetings to share Sri Lankan experience on SIT. Served as the national coordinator for this network/committee
Member in the South-East Asian regional network/committee among IAEA/FAO member states working on Managing and Controlling Aedes Vector Populations using the Sterile Insect Technique (RAS 5/082) since February, 2017 upto date. There are 16 countries in the network. Participating regular meetings to share Sri Lankan experience on SIT. Serving as the national coordinator for this network/committee
Member in the inter-regional network/committee among IAEA/FAO member states in North and South America, Europe, South-East Asian, Western Pacific and African regions working on Sharing Knowledge on the Sterile Insect and Related Techniques for the Integrated Area-Wide Management of Insect Pests and Human Disease Vectors (INT 5/155). There are 20 countries in the network. Participating regular meetings to share Sri Lankan experience on SIT and other related mosquito control activities. Serving as the national coordinator for this network/committee
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. Aresha Manamperi
Senior Professor
Molecular Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine
University of Kelaniya
Ragama
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 (0)77 355 9190
Email:areshamanamperi@gmail.com
Prof. Chandramali Jayewardene
Professor
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science
University of Sabaragamuwa
Belihuloya
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 (0)71 592 4712
Email:jayawardanack@yahoo.com
Prof. Nissanka De Silva
Professor
Faculty of Applied Science
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Kotte
Sri Lanka
Phone:+94 (0)77 466 7277
Email:nissankakolitha@gmail.com
Additional Information
Additional Information
Radiation  protection Officer and radioisotope license holder, Molecular Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya.
Involved in dissemination of knowledge in molecular-biological techniques for disease diagnosis, recombinant gene products and modified mosquitoes through workshops/symposiums at international and national levels as the Organizer/Coordinator and resource persons
1.Organizer and resource person for the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
   (ICGEB) sponsored International workshop on Molecular Biology Techniques Related to
   Infectious/Genetic Diseases and Human Identification conducted at the Molecular Medicine Unit for 10
   days (6-17th of July, 2016).
2.Coordinator and a resource Person for the First International Workshop on Advanced mosquito
   Entomology, conducted by the Molecular Medicine Unit for 7 days (May, 2016).
3.Coordinator and a resource Person for the Second International Workshop on Advanced mosquito
   Entomology, conducted at the Molecular Medicine Unit for 7 days (November, 2017).
4.Coordinator and a resource Person for the Third International Workshop on Advanced mosquito
   Entomology, conducted by the Molecular Medicine Unit for 7 days (August, 2019).
5.Organizer, National Symposium on "Current Research Activities on dengue" on 13th of November, 2015
   organized by Molecular Medicine Unit.
6.Coordinator, National Symposium on "Current Research Activities on Dengue" at the Faculty of
   Medicine, University of Kelaniya on 19th of December, 2017 organized by the Faculty of Medicine Unit.
7.Coordinator, National Workshop on Application of the Micromanipulator to manipulate mosquito vectors"
   at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya on 16-17th of August, 2016, organized by the
   Molecular Medicine Unit.
Principal Supervisor for a study titled "Different isolates of bacterium and agents for controlling Aedes aegypti in Sri Lanka" for a School Science Project Competition (SSPC), 2017 organized by the National Science Foundation. Name of the student was Rumal Induwara from Ananda National College, Chillaw. The student has been awarded first place in Sri Lanka, and third place in International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), Pennsylvania, U.SA.-Microbiology Section, 13-18thof May, 2018.