Prof. Varuni Tennakoon

Professor in Anatomy


Department of Anatomy



Office - +94 11 2758698

Mobile - +94 77 7271430

Professional Qualifications

  • Registered Medical Practitioner (MBBS) in Sri Lanka

Memberships in Professional Organizations

  • Life Member, Sri Lanka Medical Association
  • Life Member, Sri Lanka Anatomical Society
  • Life Member, Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS)
  • Life Member, International Federation of Associations of Anatomists
  • Life Member, Road Traffic Injury Research Network
  • Human Anatomy, Reproductive biology, Mixed methods and Qualitative research, Disability

Research Interests

Dr. Tennakoons’ key interests lie on injuries and related anatomical classifications particularly concerning road traffic crashes. She is keen on population-based studies utilizing mixed research methodologies as the triangulation of research methodologies (combining qualitative and quantitative) strengthens and enhances the validity and reliability of research and provides a comprehensive understanding of the research problems.

She is trained in conducting, analysing and reporting of advanced qualitative health research at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She also has completed "Road Traffic Injury Prevention and Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (RTIP") a training program offered by the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit that provided an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research in countries such as Sri Lanka.

Dr. Tennakoon is also fascinated doing research in the field of Reproductive biology and Embryology. She has work experience in In-Vitro Fertilization treatment methodologies and continues to work on this field with other scientists.

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Other Faculties of University of Sri Jayewardenepura

  • Faulty of Applied Sciences – teaching Anatomy to undergraduates of Sports Science and Management degree program 2014 to date
  • Faculty of Dental Sciences – teaching Anatomy to undergraduates of BDS degree program 2022 to date
  • Faculty of Allied Health Sciences – teaching Anatomy to undergraduates of BSc Nursing and BSc Pharmacy degree program 2018/2019

Other Universities

  • Faculty of Health Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka – teaching Anatomy to undergraduates of Nursing, Pharmacy and Medical Laboratory Sciences degree programs 2013 – 2018
  • Faculty of Science, University of Colombo – teaching Anatomy to undergraduates of MSc. in Medical Physics degree program in 2015 and 2016 and undergraduates of Special degree in Nuclear Medical Science programme 2014
  • Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo – Examiner in Basic Sciences stream examination of MBBS degree program in 2021
  • Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya – Examiner in Semester 2 examination of the MBBS degree program in 2019
  • Examiner in Sports Science and Management degree program from 2014 to date
  • Teaching Anatomy to postgraduates in Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Molecular Medicine program in 2012and 2013
  • Teaching Anatomy in Postgraduate Diploma in Anatomy 2019/2020
  • Examiner in Postgraduate Diploma in Anatomy in MCQ, SEQ and OSPE examinations in 2020 and 2021
    Examiner in the Selection examination in MD (Surgery) MCQ paper in 2022
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