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

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SCIENTIFIC TRAINING


 

  • February - May 1997 - Department of Veterinary Pathology, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh.
    Training in tissue culture methods and ELISA techniques.
  • February - May 1997 - Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Edinburgh.
    Training in PCR for Hepatitis-G.
  • February - May 1997 - Central Veterinary Laboratory, Surrey, United Kingdom.
    Training in diagnostic & research methods for Rabies.
  • February - May 1997 - Public Health Laboratory Services, Collindale, UK
  • 2000 - 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.
  • 2009 - Update on Laboratory diagnosis of fungal infections - University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

 

 

Undergraduate Teaching

 

  • Conducting lectures, small group discussions, practical classes and examinations in Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology and Immunology for third year medical students.
  • Conducting lectures, practical classes and supervision of research work of BSc. Pharmacy, BSc. Nursing, BSc. Medical laboratory sciences and BSc. Human Biology students
  • Visiting lecturer for Registered Medical Practitioners - 2014

 

 

Postgraduate Supervision

 

  • Anti-dengue viral activity in a selected number of plants used in Sri Lankan traditional medicine
    M.Phil - Ms. Kalani Jayasekera (2016) on-going
  • Establishing a novel method for detecting genetic material: Loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for Chlamydia trachomatis
    M.Phil - Ms. Hemali Attanayake (2016) on-going

 

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS


 

Dengue/ sexually transmitted infections (STD)/ methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)/ development of low cost diagnostic methods

 

 

PUBLICATIONS IN REFEREED JOURNALS


 

  • 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)
  • Hospital based study of Japanese encephalitis and dengue fever and a comparison of diagnostic techniques (M.Phil thesis, 2005) University of Colombo.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 (Indexed Journal) In press.
  • 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 refereed journal)

 

 

ABSTRACTS AND PRESENTATIONS AT SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS IN SRI LANKA


 

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

 

 

ABSTRACTS AND PRESENTATIONS AT INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS


 

  • 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
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BOOKS


 

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

 

 

ON-GOING RESEARCH PROJECTS


 

  1. Anti-dengue viral activity in a selected number of plants used in Sri Lankan traditional medicine
  2. Establishing a novel method for detecting genetic material: Loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assays for dengue virus and Chlamydia trachomatis

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF SRI JAYEWARDENEPURA RESEARCH GRANTS


 

2013 - 2015 MRSA contamination of phlebotomy tourniquets, faucets and infection control practices at a tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka
Completed
LKR. 299,163.00
2015 - 2018 Antiviral activity of Psidium guajava (guava) leaf extract against dengue virus
On-going
LKR. 1,550,246.00
2016 - 2018 Establishing a novel method for detecting genetic material: Loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assays for dengue virus and Chlamydia trachomatis
On-going
LKR. 2,005,500.00

 

 

AWARDS


 

  • 1992 - 3rd MBBS Second class (lower division) Distinction in Microbiology
  • 1994 - Final MBBS 2nd class (lower division)
  • 2005 - Third prize for oral presentation, Silver Jubilee Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists, August, 2005.
  • 2014 - University of Sri Jayewardenepura research award for publication in indexed journals 2014.
  • 2015 - University of Sri Jayewardenepura research award for 2015.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS


 

  1. Member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) - 2005
  2. Member of the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) - 2002
  3. Member of the College of Microbiologists, Sri Lanka - 2009 to date
  4. Member of the Sri Lankan Society of Microbiologists - 2010 to date