Prof. L.V. Athiththan

Professor in Biochemistry


Department of Biochemistry



Office - +94 11 2881788 Ext: 4151

Academic Qualifications

  • BSc Honours in Human Biology / Biochemistry Specialization / 2000 / University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
  • M.Phil / Special in Nutritional Biochemistry / 2008 / University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Memberships in Professional Organizations

  • Founder member & Council member of the College of Biochemist (2013-2016 & 2018 -to date.
  • Life member of the Sri Lanka Association for The Advancement of Science (membership No -6664/A)
  • Life member of the Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka (membership number (2012-021)
  • STMIS member No: STMIS NO: NSF/STMIS/10/1794
  • Member of the Young Scientist Forum from 2018.
  • Licentiate member (L.I Chem. C.) of the Institute of chemistry.


  • NSF Postgraduate Scholarship 2003/04
    (NSF/Sch/2003/04) for animal study on milk peptides on Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Activity.
  • Best Performance in Biological Science -1995
    University prize was awarded on September 1995 by the University of Jaffna, for the “Best Performance in Biological Science” at the first examination in Sciences.
  • Best Performance in Chemistry-1995
    Varatharajan Memorial Prize/Scholarship in Chemistry was awarded on September 1995 by the University of Jaffna, for the “Best Performance in Chemistry” at the first examination in Sciences.
  • Sabalingam Memorial Prize -1995
    Sabalingam Memorial Prize /Scholarship was awarded on September 1995 by


Research Interests

  • Clinical biochemistry
  • Nutritional biochemistry

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Research Grants Held

  • Overseas Travel Grants to present at the FAOBMB conference:2019- awarded by University of Sri Jayewardenepura for the paper on “Body mass index and degeneration: A study in lumbar disc herniated subject”: Rs 225,000
  • University Research Grant: ASP/01/RE/MED/2016/43. Grant amount Rs 2,075,600.00
    Association of Vitamin D receptor polymorphism in patients with lumbar disc herniation and degeneration in Sri Lanka.
  • Co-grantee of the University Grant ASP/01/RE/MED/2015/47. Isolation of Bacteria associated with degeneration and herniation of the lumbar disc in patients presenting to selected neurosurgical unit in Sri Lanka. Grant amount Rs 2,075,600.00
  • University Research Grant: ASP/06/RE/Med/2014/16 for Rs 491,00000
    “Comparison of serum insulin, C peptide & fasting blood glucose among obese and non-obese individuals.”
  • University Research Grant: ASP/06/RE/Med/2012/21 for Rs. 478,000.00
    The Association of serum insulin levels with serum lipid profile and anthropometric measurement in non-diabetic subjects –A preliminary study.”
  • Co-grantee of the University Grant ASP/6/R/2012/20. The Association of serum leptin levels with anthropometric measurement in non-diabetic subjects
  • Co-grantee of the University Grant ASP/6/R/2010/08 titled “Purification & characterization of antihypertensive peptides in fermented milk product of Sri Lanka.”


Publications and Scientific Communications

Full papers in Science Citation Indexed and Scopus Index Journals

  • Roshali Senarathne1 | Usha Hettiaratchi2 | Nirodha Dissanayake1 | Riyaza Hafiz1 | Sumara Zaleem1 | Lohini Athiththan2 Metabolic syndrome in hypertensive and non-hypertensive subjects. Health Sci Rep. 2021;4:e454. doi:10.1002/hsr2.454
  • ND Withanage, S Perera, H Peiris, LV Athiththan. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D, serum calcium and vitamin D receptor (VDR) polymorphisms in a selected population with lumbar disc herniation - A case control study. PloS one. 13 (10), e0205841 2018.
  • Anusha K, Hettiaratchi UPK, Athiththan LV, Perera PPR. Inter-relationship of serum leptin levels with selected anthropometric parameters among a non-diabetic population: A cross-sectional study. Eating and Weight Disorders.2017. DOI 10.1007/s40519-017-0413-x
  • Kasuni Nisansala Wijesena Walatara, Lohini Vijayendran Athiththan*, Usha Kumari Hettiaratchi, Pradeep Rasika Perera. Effect of demographic status and lifestyle habits on glycaemic levels in apparently healthy subjects: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Diabetes research. Volume 2016, Article ID 5240503, 8 pages.
  • Kasuni NW, Walatara, Lohini V Athiththan*, Usha PK Hettiaratchi, Pradeep R Perera. Importance of anthropometry in assessing insulin resistance as a pre-alarming sign before the onset of metabolic syndrome: a study among apparently healthy subjects. International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries. ISSN 0973-3930. DOI 10.1007/s13410-015-0433-x.
  • Athiththan LV, Jayaratne SD, Peiris H, Jayesekera S. The effect of milk proteins and curd on serum Angiotensin Converting Enzyme activity and lipid profile in Wistar Journal of the National Science Foundation Sri Lanka. 2009; 37(3:209-214.

Full papers in Indexed Journals

  • Withanage ND, Perera S, Peiris H, Prathapan S & Athiththan LV. Regression Model for Socio-demographic, Behavioural and Occupational Risk Factors in Lumbar Disc Herniation (LDH) and Lumbar Disc Degeneration (LDHD)-In Comparison to Apparently Healthy Subjects. International Journal of Human and Health Sciences Vol. 05 No. 04 October’21.
  • Nadeeka Dimuthu Kumari Ranadeva, Usha Pushkala Kumari Hettiaratchi and Lohini Vijayendran Athiththan. Trends in Serum Insulin, C-Peptide and IR Levels in Non-Diabetic Young Adults – A Case Control Study International Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders. Volume 5, issue 6,2020. []. 
  • Withanage, N.D., Pathirage, S., Perera, S., Peiris, H. and Athiththan, L.V. (2019) Identification of Microbes in Patients with Lumbar Disc Herniation. Journal of Biosciences and Medicines, 7, 138-148.
  • Athiththan L V*, Farook FN, Hettiaratchi UPK, Perera PPR. Obesity alone could give rise to altered lipid profile: A study among apparently healthy adults in Sri Lanka., International Journal of Current Research. 2017;9(04):49386-49390.
  • Withanage ND, Athiththan LV*, Perera S, Pathirage S, Peiris H. Isolation of Gemella morbillorum in Herniated Intervertebral Disc Tissue in a Lumbar Discectomy Patient: A Case Report. Journal of Biosciences and Medicines, 2017;5:99-104.
  • Athiththan LV*, Nusha MFF, Hettiaratchi UPK, Perera PPR. Apolipoprotein B is a good tool for screening dyslipidaemia in apparently healthy population. Journal of Biosciences and Medicines. 2016;4:58-64.
  • Dabarera MC, Athiththan LV, Perera RP. Antihypertensive peptides from curd. Ayu. 2015; 36(2):214-9.

Full Paper in peer reviewed journals

  • Niroshima Dedunu Withanage1, Sunil Perera, Hemantha Peiris, Bimalka Seneviratne, Lohini Vijayendran Athiththan. Comparison of T2-weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging findings with histological findings in degenerated lumbar discs in patients with lumbar disc herniation International Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies (IJMS) 2021 8(3): 33 – 42
  • Kasuni Walatara, Fathima Nusha, Anusha Kaneshapillai, Lohini Athiththan, Rasika Perera, and Usha Hettiaratchi. Effect of central obesity on serum lipid profile in non-diabetic, non-hypertensive subjects- A preliminary study. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies. 2014; 1(1):123-129.
  • Vijayendran L, Wickramasinghe SMDN. (2000) Cholesterol lowering effect of Aporosa lindleyana in male Wistar Journal of Science -Eastern University of Sri Lanka. 2000; 1(1):16-22.


Research Collaborations

  • University of Jaffna
  • MRI Colombo
  • The Central Colombo.



  • Support Scheme for Supervision of Research Degrees (SUSRED) award by NSF- 2019 - 16th Nov 2021
  • Research Award 2015, 16, 17, 18, 19 awarded by University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
  • NRC Merit Award for Scientific publication 2016.
  • Paper titled “Qualitative and quantitative analysis on amino acids & peptides of digested curd in selected curd brands produced in Sri Lanka, “was accepted for MUS Sultanbaba Award.

Awards For Presentation

  • Third Place in Oral Presentations on 09th August 2019, for the paper titled Dysglycaemia & acute anticholinesterase poisoning and its association. Faculty of Medicine Academic Session 2019, University of Ruhuna.
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  • “The Merit award for the Oral Presentation”” at the 7th Young Scientist Forum symposium 2018 for the presentation titled “Socio-Demographic occupational and behavioural risk factors that attribute to lumbar disc herniation and degeneration: A case control study in a selected Sri Lankan population”.
  • Second best poster presentation (Nursing & allied health Professionals Category) for the Paper Association of Selected Inflammatory Markers with Lumbar Disc Herniation and Degeneration at the National Health Research Symposium 2017.
  • “The Merit award for the Oral Presentation”” at the 6th Young Scientist Forum symposium 2017 for the presentation titled “Comparison of lipid profiles and metabolic syndrome among selected cohort of chronic and recently diagnosed Type II Diabetes Mellitus patients who attended Family Practice Centre of university of Sri Jayewardenepura and Colombo South Teaching Hospital”.
  • Best Poster Presentation for the paper titled, “Predisposing factors that contribute to lumbar disc herniation and degeneration: A Preliminary study” at the International Conference on Multidisciplinary Approaches, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, October 2016.
  • Best Oral Presentation in health & Nutrition at 9th International Conference of Kotalawala Defense University 2016. For the paper, Role of microorganism in lumbar disc herniation.
  • “Best Poster Presentation” at WONCA SAR Conference 2016, Colombo Sri Lanka. For the poster: Does fasting serum insulin, insulin resistance and fasting serum c-peptide levels vary with gender?
  • “The Merit award for the Oral Presentation” at Proceedings of 5th young Scientist forum symposium 2016, for the Paper on Identification of microbes from surgically excised lumbar disc herniation: A study among Sri Lankan subjects.
  • “The Merit award for the Oral Presentation” at Proceedings of young Scientist forum symposium 2014, for the paper on. SERUM INSULIN LEVELS- IS IT A GOOD INDICATOR IN CHRONIC TYPE-2 DIABETES MELLITUS SUBJECTS.
  • “Award for the Best Oral Presentation (1st Place)” 1st Ruhuna International Science & Technology Conference RISTCON, January 22-23 2104, for the paper on “Study of fasting plasma glucose levels in non-diabetic subjects related to selected risk factors for type 2 diabetes”.
  • “The Merit award for the Oral Presentation” at Proceedings of young Scientist forum symposium 2013, for the Paper Is apolipoprotein B good marker for dyslipidaemia?
  • Best presentation for the year 2007 (Health Session). A study on the effect of curd and casein on serum angiotensin converting enzyme activity and lipid profile in male Wistar rats presented by L.V. Athiththan, 59th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Veterinary Association was adjudged the best presentation for the year 2007 (Health Session).

Other Faculties of University of Sri Jayewardenepura

  • Faculty of Allied Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Applied Sciences

Other Universities

  • University of Colombo
  • The Open University of Sri Lanka
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