Dr. Thanusha Perera

Senior Lecturer/Program Coordinator

Dr. Thanusha Perera has completed her B.Sc. in Genetics, Microbiology and Biochemistry from University of Bangalore, India in 2011, as well as a M.Sc. in Experimental Biotechnology from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2014. She has completed her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya granted by National Research Council, Sri Lanka.

She has over two and half years of experience as a scientific officer at Molecular Biology and Genetics Research Laboratory, Colombo 2 and one year as a Demonstrator at Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya.

She was involved in several research. Namely,  Mycobacterium tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacterial infections using Smart Cylcler II real time PCR; Studies on Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus stability; Effect of probiotics and their stability in fermented products; Studies on Animal Cell Culture, Cell Toxicity and Cell viability testing; and Serum Biomarkers and Histopathology of Renal and Liver tissues etc.

During her PhD, she was involved in both in vitro and in vivo animal experiments to evaluate the effect of suspected etiological factors including fluoride, water hardness, organophosphate, heavy metals etc. for Chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka with respect to prevention and cure. At the same time, she has guided several Postgraduate students to carry out their research projects as well. She has also published abstracts and research papers on local and international journals and conference proceedings.

She has carried out training courses on Bioinformatics, DNA Fingerprinting, Proteomics, Gene detection techniques, Molecular Techniques and Applications in Bangalore, India. She also has contributed as a Resource Person for Methods in Establishment of Animal Models, Methods in Isolation and Maintenance of Cell Culture Systems and Methods in Qualitative & Quantitative Research conducted in the workshop in applications of cell culture organized by the Sri Lanka Association for Laboratory Animal Science (SLALAS) in collaboration with the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya in 2019.