P. Varuni Vindya Priyadarshani is a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Molecular Life Sciences at AIBS. She is a counselling psychologist as well.
In the field of Life Sciences, Varuni has completed her BSc (Special, Hons.) degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a Second Class (Lower Division) from the University of Colombo in 2013. She has received her MSc degree in Molecular Life Sciences from the Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, the University of Colombo in 2017, with a Distinction and winning the “Vidyajothi Professor Eric H Karunanayake Gold Medal” for the Best Student in MSc in Molecular Life Sciences. Varuni has extensive hands-on experience on cancer biological techniques, microbiological techniques, PCR, qRT-PCR and phylogenetic analysis techniques while having developed her expertise in executing research methodology with standard scientific conduct. During her time as a research assistant at the Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, she was involved in various anticancer drug discovery projects carried out by the institute. Many of her research work have been published in international scientific journals and conferences. Varuni is a Member of Royal Society of Biology (UK) and Institute of Biology (Sri Lanka), an Associated Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), and a Licentiate Member of the Institute of BioMedical Sciences. Furthermore, she holds more than five years of teaching experience in Government and Private Universities and has conducted a series of seminars for school students regarding Molecular Biology.
In the field of Psychology, Varuni has recently received her MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of West London, with a Merit pass. She holds a diploma in counselling psychology and has completed an internship in child and adolescent psychology. Varuni is a Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) certified cognitive assessment test administrator as well. While working as a psychological counsellor, she is actively engaged in research on mental health, addictions and family relationships among university and school students in Sri Lanka.