dr-h.a.k.m. gunasekera

RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS


 

Dr.  H.A.K.M. Gunasekera

Dr. H.A.K.M. Gunasekera MBBS, M.Phil

Senior Lecturer Grade I
Department of Microbiology

Telephone - Office : +94 11 2758641     Mobile : +94 71 8329772
E-mail : kamani.lk@gmail.com


 

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS


Degree/Qualification Institute Date
MBBS (Colombo)
2nd MBBS examination - Pass
3rd MBBS examination - Second class (lower division) Distinction in Microbiology
Final MBBS examination - Second class (lower division)
Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo 1986 - 1994
M.Phil. in Microbiology University of Colombo January 2005

 

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS


Virology, Flaviviruses, STD, development of affordable diagnostic assays

 

 

SCIENTIFIC TRAINING


Training Institution Year
Training in cell culture methods and ELISA techniques Department of Veterinary Pathology, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh February - May 1997
Training in PCR for Hepatitis-G Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Edinburgh February - May 1997
Training in diagnostic & research methods for Rabies (cell culture, PCR, RFFIT, IF typing) Central Veterinary Laboratory, Surrey, United Kingdom February - May 1997
Observer of viral diagnostic methods Public Health Laboratory Services, Collindale, United Kingdom February - May 1997
Workshop on the use of laboratory culture, serological and molecular methods in the diagnosis of meningo-encephalitis Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya 2000
Postgraduate course on Tuberculosis Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists 2000
Update on Laboratory Diagnosis of Fungal infections University of Sri Jayewardenepura 2009
Application training on Real Time PCR University of Sri Jayewardenepura 2018

 

 

POSTS HELD


Post Institution Date
Senior Lecturer Grade I Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka 2nd Oct 2011 - date
Senior Lecturer Grade I (Sabbatical appointment) Department of Para Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka 1st Jun 2015 - 31st May 2016
Visiting Lecturer Department of Para Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka 1st January 2019 - date
Acting Head Department of Microbiology,
Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
18th - 30th Jan 2008
Acting Head Department of Microbiology,
Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
6th - 14th May 2008
Senior Lecturer Grade II Department of Microbiology,
Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
2nd Oct 2006 - 2nd Oct 2011
Probationary Lecturer Department of Microbiology,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Jul 1996 - Jun 2004
Assistant Lecturer Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka of Medicine, University of Kelaniy Nov 1995 - Jul 1996

 

 

AWARDS


University of Sri Jayewardenepura research award for scientific publication 2017
University of Sri Jayewardenepura research award for scientific publication in an indexed journal (SCI/SSC/AHCI) 2015
University of Sri Jayewardenepura research award for publication in an indexed journal (SCI/SSC/AHCI) 2014
Third prize for oral presentation, Silver Jubilee Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists, August, 2005.
Gunasekera HAKM, Senanayake CP, Sunil Chandra NP, Mendis L. A comparison of serological diagnostic techniques in Dengue fever. The Bulletin of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists 2005; 3(1): 22-23
2005

 

 

RESEARCH GRANTS


Funding Body Topic Amount Year
Centre for plant materials & herbal products research, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
001/2018
On going
Anti-dengue viral activity in a few selected plants used in Sri Lankan traditional medicine LKR. 100,000.00 2018 - 2019
University Research grants FMS/USJP
ASP/01/RE/MED/2017/67
On-going
Staphylococcus aureus contamination of mobile phones and nasal carriage of nurses in a tertiary care hospital of Sri Lanka LKR. 186,391.00 2017 - 2018
University Research grants FMS/USJP
ASP/01/RE/MED/2017/66
On-going
Knowledge and attitudes among parents regarding Human Papilloma virus, cervical cancer and HPV vaccine in some selected districts of Sri Lankan LKR. 890,719.00 2017 - 2018
University Research grants FMS/USJP
ASP/01/RE/MED/2016/74
On-going
Establishing a novel method for detecting genetic material: Loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assays for dengue virus and Chlamydia trachomatis
LKR. 2,005,500.00 2016 - 2018
University Research grants FMS/USJP
ASP/01/RE/MED/2015/42
 On-going
Antiviral activity of Psidium guajava (guava) leaf extract against dengue virus LKR. 1,550,246.00 2015 - 2018
University Research grants FMS/USJP
ASP/06/RE/MED/2012/29
Completed
MRSA contamination of phlebotomy tourniquets, faucets and infection control practices at a tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka LKR. 299,163.00 2013 - 2015

 

 

PARTICIPATION IN UNIVERSITY ACTIVITIES


Committees

Year

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Coordinator

PPD committee

2017 to date

Member

Social sub-committee of PPD committee

2014 to date

Member

PPD committee

2014 to date

Member

Peer evaluation group

2011 to date

Member

Ethics Review Committee

2010 - 2011

Chairperson

Technical evaluation committee for procurement of water coolers and furniture for the student canteen

2009 - 2010

Chairperson

Technical evaluation committee for procurement of furniture for the student room of anatomy canteen

2009 - 2010

Member

Technical evaluation Committee for Procurement of balance work for the third floor of the Resource Centre

2009 - 2010

Chairperson

Technical evaluation Committee for refurbishment of Student Welfare facilities Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2008 - 2010

Chairperson

Refurbishment of student welfare facilities

2008 - 2010

Chairperson

Subcommittee for Stalls management of the Vedesa Exhibition Committee

2008 - 2009

Member

Vedesa Exhibition Committee

2007 - 2009

Joint Secretary

IRQUE (Improving the Relevance and Quality Undergraduate Education) Research Project Implementation Committee, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2007 - 2010

Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya

Secretary

Research, Higher Degrees & Ethics Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Ragama

1996 - 1997

 

Curricular Activities

Years

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Visiting Lecturer

Registered Medical Practitioners

2014

Member

CNS module, implementation committee

2009 - 2016

Member

Reproductive module implementation committee

2009 - 2016

Member

Renal module implementation committee

2008 - 2016

Departmental Coordinator

Human Biology (Part 2)

2009 - 2011

Departmental Coordinator

Human Biology (Part 3)

May - July 2009

Departmental Coordinator

MBBS Microbiology

2007 - 2008

Departmental Coordinator

BSc. MLS course -Virology

2006 - 2010

Departmental Coordinator

BSc. Pharmacy course

2006 - 2008

Moral tutor for medical undergraduates University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Medical undergraduates

2006 to date

Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya

Member

Curriculum Revision Committee Faculty of Medicine, Ragama

2000 - 2001

 

 

RESOURCE PERSON


Activity

Years

Workshop for introducing the "Personal and Professional Development Stream" to the Faculty of Medicine, Jaffna

2018

 

 

TRAINING IN MEDICAL EDUCATION


 

Institution

Year

Workshop on "Portfolio assessment and reflective writing

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2014

Workshop on " Single Best Response type multiple choice questions"

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2010

Workshop on Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Staff Development Centre, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2009

Certificate Course in Teaching in Higher Education

Staff Development Centre, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2009

Workshop on MCQs

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2008

Peer Observation and Student Feedback

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2007

Workshop on Curriculum Development

Faculty of Medicine, Colombo

2006

Workshop on " Developing facilitation skills to conduct small group discussions & Problem based learning Tutorials

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2006

Course on Basics of Medical Education

Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

1998

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE


Postgraduate Supervision:

 

Student

Project

 

Principal Supervisor PhD

Ms. Kalani Jayasekera

Anti-dengue viral activity in a selected number of plants used in Sri Lankan traditional medicine

On going

Principal Supervisor M.Phil

Ms. Hemali Attanayake

Establishing a novel method for detecting genetic material: Loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for Chlamydia trachomatis

On going

 

Undergraduate Teaching and Supervision:

Activity

Institution

Years

Conducting lectures, small group discussions, practical classes and examinations in Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology and Immunology for third year medical students

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

2006 to date

Conducting lectures, tutorials and practical classes for BSc. Pharmacy, BSc. Nursing, BSc. Medical Laboratory Sciences and BSc. Human Biology students

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

2006 to date

Conducting lectures, small group discussions, practical classes and examinations in for third year medical students

Faculty of Medicine, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University

2015 - 2016

Examiner for third year medical students

Faculty of Medicine, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Supervisor

BSc. MLS research project

2014, 2017

External supervisor

Community medicine research project of MBBS undergraduates (14th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd batches)

2007, 2013, 2014, 2015

Supervisor

Portfolio assessment

2013 - 2015
2016 to date

Supervisor

PPDS Family Assignment (18th, 20th batches)

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Co-supervisor

PPDS Family Assignment (19th batch)

2012

Supervisor

Presentation skills - BSc. MLS students

2009

Supervisor

Literature survey - BSc. MLS students

2009

Conducting lectures, small group discussions, practical classes and examinations in Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology and Immunology for third year medical students

Faculty of Medicine, Ragama, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

1995 - 2004

 

 

PARTICIPATION IN WORKSHOPS / SEMINARS


Workshop

Organized By

Years

Intellectual property law

IIVCC University of Jayewardenepura

2018

Pre-congress workshop on Quality assurance and laboratory accreditation in Microbiology

Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists

2018

Workshop on " Review Writing and Publication Metrics"

University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2017

Gender Equity and Inequality

Centre of Gender Equity and Inequality

2017

Gender based violence

Centre of Gender Equity and Inequality

2017

Advances in immunology: Implications for vaccination

SLMA Pre-Congress Session

2014

CME certificate from the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists

Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists

2013

International Conference on Dengue virus infections

Centre for Dengue Research, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

2013

Symposium on Vaccines

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo

2012

Seminar on Vaccines, SLMA 

Sri Lanka Medical Association

2011

Workshop on Evaluating ethical issues in research proposals

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2010 

Workshop on ICDL Advanced PowerPoint presentation module

2009

DynEd English Language software training workshop

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2009

Workshop on Research Methodology for Postgraduate Students

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2009

Workshop on best usage of Microsoft Software

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2009

Workshop on "MCQ bank and MCQ questions - analysis software"

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2008

User awareness Seminar on electronic information resources related to Medical Sciences

Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2007

 

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES


Dance instructor for medical undergraduates, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

2014 - 2016

Judge, “Talents” dance competition auditions

2018

 

 

RESEARCH


Thesis: Hospital based study of Japanese encephalitis and dengue fever and a comparison of diagnostic techniques (M.Phil thesis, 2005) University of Colombo.

 

Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals

  1. Abeywickrama T Amarasinghe K, Wijerathne S, Dharmaratne C, Fernando D, Senaratna BC, Gunasekera KM. Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus contamination of phlebotomy tourniquets and faucets. Ceylon Medical Journal 2018;63:5-10 (Indexed Journal)
  2. Muthunuwan JT, Ganhewa AGKH, Perera HDSG, Hishaam M, Bandara WMMS, Gunasekera HAKM. Preliminary survey on knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding rabies. Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases 2017;7(1):38-46 (Peer reviewed journal)
  3. Gunasekera HAKM, Silva KCDP, Prathapan S, Mananwaththa S, Weerasinghe G, and Abeygunasekera N. Prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis in women attending sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics in the Colombo District, Sri Lanka. Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology 2014;57(1):55-60. (SCI Expanded Journal)
  4. Gunasekera HAKM, Senanayake CP, Mendis L, Chandra S. Japanese encephalitis virus infection in an endemic area: hospital based study 1998 to 2000. Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases 2012;2(1):19-27 (Peer reviewed refereed journal)
  5. Gunasekera HAKM, Senanayake CP, Mendis L. Dengue Rapid Strip test: a Sri Lankan experience. Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology Oct-Dec 2011;54(4):861. (SCI Expanded Journal)
  6. Gunasekera HAKM, Sunil Chandra NP,de Silva HJ. Low community seroprevalence of Hepatitis C virus infection in the Gampaha district. Ceylon Medical Journal Dec 2002; 47(4): 122. (Indexed Journal)

 

Abstracts and Presentations at Scientific Meetings

  1. Amarasinghe WKP, Wijerathne HMSA, Abeywickrama TT, Senaratna BCV, Gunasekera KM. Standard precautions during phlebotomy: do healthcare workers pay heed?
    Second International Conference on Multidisciplinary Approaches, University of Sri Jayewardenepura 2015; pg 34. Oral presentation
  2. Abeywickrama TT, Amarasinghe WKP, Wijerathne HMSA, Dharmaratne C, Fernando D, Gunasekera KM, Senaratna BCV. Tourniquets and faucets: Reservoirs of Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
    Sri Lanka Medical Association 128th Anniversary International Medical Congress, 2015: pg 191, PP061. Poster presentation
  3. Gunasekera HAKM, Silva KCDP, Prathapan S, Mananwaththa S, Weerasinghe G, and Abeygunasekera N. Prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in women attending sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics in the Colombo District, Sri Lanka.
    Proceedings of the 17th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Venereologists on 13th October, 2012. Oral presentation
  4. Fernando N, Peelawattage M, Gunasekera K, Weerasekera D, Holton J. Helicobacter pylori oxygenic hormones and diet. XXIst International Workshop on Helicobacter and related bacteria in chronic digestive inflammation and gastric cancer, Helicobacter 2008; Vol 13(5): 436. PO62. Poster presentation
    http://www.abstractsonline.com/viewer/viewAbstract.asp?CKey={ADCE351F-6909-4EBC-B1D9-C7D1617D93F5}&MKey={F4FF4A8D-11B3-40F2-9DA2-7C0FB4F96EB0}&AKey={384D2523-AA39-4B08-A120- 38A9AB93ADA3}&SKey={E251DBDE-4D0C-4D5E-A853-F54C16AB711F}
  5. Gunasekera HAKM, Senanayake CP, Sunil Chandra NP, Mendis L. A comparison of serological diagnostic techniques in Dengue fever. The Bulletin of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists 2005; 3(1): 22-23
    Silver Jubilee Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists. 5th August, 2005. Oral presentation - Awarded third prize
  6. Gunasekera HAKM, Sunil Chandra NP and de Silva HJ. Hepatitis C seroprevalence: a community survey in the Gampaha district.
    Proceedings of the 115th Anniversary Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association on 22nd March, 2002 page 48. Oral presentation

 

 

BOOKS


Clinical Microbiology for Paramedical Undergraduates - 1st Edition 2007 - Neluka Fernando, R. Rajapakse-Mallikahewa, Kamani Gunasekera ISBN-978-955-567-223-5

 

 

REVIEWER OF JOURNALS / PROJECT PROPOSALS


Reviewer for 'Infectio' Journal (open access, peer reviewed journal of the Columbian Association of Infectious Diseases indexed under Scielo, Flying Publisher, Publimdex, Imbiomed, DOAJ, Lilacs)

2019

Reviewer for the Scientific Sessions, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2017

Reviewer of project proposals for Ethics Review Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Kotelawala Defence University

2015 - 2016

Reviewer of project proposals for Ethics Review Committee, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

2010 - 2011

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS


  1. Member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) - 2018 to date
  2. Member of the Sri Lankan Society of Microbiologists - 2010 to date
  3. Member of the College of Microbiologists, Sri Lanka - 2009 to date