Dr. N. Hermali Silva

MD (Hons) (Kursk), CTHE (Colombo), SEDA (UK)

Lecturer (Probationary)

Phone: 00-94-11–2695300 Ext.183
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Qualifications

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) - Honours, (Kursk State Medical University, Russia, 2008)
  • Certificate for Teaching in Higher Education, University of Colombo,
  • Accredited Teacher in Higher Education - Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), UK (June 2016) 

Present appointment

Lecturer (Probationary) - Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (Feb 2014 to date)

 Previous appointments

  1. Medical  Officer (Laboratory, Infectious  Control  Unit, and  the Wound Clinic) -National  Institute  of  Mental  Health,  Angoda,  Sri  Lanka ( Feb 2012 to Feb 2014)
  2. Senior House Officer - Surgery (Surgery Unit and Emergency  Treatment  Unit) - District General Hospital, Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka ( Oct 2010 to Feb 2012)
  3. Relief  House  Officer (Laboratory, Dermatology Clinic  and Premature Baby Care Unit) - District  General  Hospital,  Trincomalee,  Sri  Lanka  (July 2010 to Oct 2010)
  4. Intern  House  Officer (Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynaecology)   District  General  Hospital,  Trincomalee,  Sri  Lanka (July 2009 to July 2010)
  5. Voluntary service - Surgery  Unit - Sri  Lanka  Army  Hospital,  Colombo (2009)

 Other appointments and memberships:

  1. Convenor, Colombo Medical Faculty Publishers - The publishing house of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo (July 2015 to date)
  2. Convenor, Nephro-urology module (April 2015 to July 2017)
  3. Life member, Sri Lanka Medical Association

Professional / Extended training

Research and laboratory skills

  1. Workshop on Basics in Mammalian Cell Culture, cytogenetics and Molecular Biology Techniques, by Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, August 2017
  2. Next Generation Sequencing: RNA Sequencing Library Preparation, by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg-Germany, November 2016
  3. Good Clinical Practices, by Forum for Ethics Review Committees in Sri Lanka (FERCSL), November 2016
  4. Molecular Biology of Leishmania, by International Centre for Genetic Engineering and /biotechnology (ICGEB), Trieste-Italy, October 2016
  5. Sample Size Calculation and Tool Validation for Research, by Higher Education for  the  Twenty-first  Century  (HETC)  Project,  University of  Colombo,  Sri Lanka, October 2015
  6. Effective Research Communication, by Higher Education for  the  Twenty-first  Century  (HETC)  Project,  University of  Colombo,  Sri Lanka, October 2015
  7. Fundamentals  of  International  Clinical  Research  Training,  by NIH/NIAID/DMID  and  ICSSC  at  FHI  360,  Bangkok,  Thailand, September 2015
  8. Molecular  Biology  Techniques  Related  to  Infectious/Genetic  Diseases  and Human  Identification,  by  International  Centre  for  Genetic  Engineering  and Biotechnology, Ragama, Sri Lanka, July 2015
  9. Training  Course  in Cell  Culture  Techniques ,  by  Institute  of  Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Colombo, May 2015
  10. Is there a leader in you? Essential Leadership Skills for Tomorrow’s Professionals, by Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 2017
  11. Advanced  Research  Methodology  and  Data  Analysis:  Quantitative  Vs Qualitative Methods, University Of  Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 2015
  12. Laboratory Quality Improvement and Safety Training , by NIAID, NIH, ICSSC & FHI 360, Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 2014
  13. Basic  Statistics  for  Researchers,  by  Department  of  Statistics,  University  of Colombo, December 2014
  14. High  Quality  PhDs  and  Presenting  Data,  by  The  Research  Promotion  and Facilitation Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, November 2014
  15. Laboratory Animal Management for Research Purpose, by Sri Lanka Veterinary Association, Medical  Research  Institute and Sri Lanka  Association  for Laboratory Animal Science, October 2014
  16. Compact  Course  on  Stochastic  Modeling at  the  International  Forum  for Mathematical  Modeling  on  “Mathematical  Modeling  for  the  Advancement  of Interdisciplinary Sciences” by CM, DAAD, HETC, March 2014.
  17. Compact Course  on  Numerical Methods for  Elliptic and Parabolic Equations at the International Forum for Mathematical Modeling on “Mathematical Modeling for the Advancement of Interdisciplinary Sciences” by CM,DAAD, HETC, March 2014
  18. Applying  for  Competitive  Grants  –  Writing  Grant  Proposals ,  by  Higher Education for the Twenty-first Century (HETC) Project, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 2014
  19. Entrepreneurship,  by  Higher  Education  for  the  Twenty-first  Century  (HETC) Project, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 2014
  20. Sample  Size  Computation  of  a  Statistical  Study,  by  the  Institute  of  Applied Statistics, Sri Lanka, February 2014
  21. Certificate  Course  in  Infection  Prevention  and  Control by  the  University  of Colombo,  Sri  Lanka,  February  2014.  – Awarded the ‘3M IPC Scholarship’ for Excellence in Performance.
  22. Course in Research Methodology in Health and Social Sciences, by General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka, November 2013
  23. Development and Validation of Data Collection Tools, by Sri Lanka Medical Association, September 2013
  24. Certificate  Course  in Molecular  Biological  Techniques,  by  Institute  of Biochemistry,  molecular  Biology  and  Biotechnology,  University  of  Colombo, August 2013

Computer literacy

  1. Hands-on Workshop on R for Researchers, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (May 2017)
  2. Training Programme on Basic SPSS, by the Institute of Applied Statistics, Sri Lanka (March 2014)
  3. Training Programme on Introduction to R Programming, by  University  of  Colombo,  Sri  Lanka (October 2015)
  4. Certificate  of  Sun  Educational  Services  Course in Java  Programming  Language for  Non-programmers (2001)
  5. Certificate in Web Designing by NIIT, Sri Lanka (2002)

Publications/ literary contributions

  1. Book : Leishmaniasis- A glimpse at the silent invader. Published by the Colombo Medical Faculty Publishers, Sri Lanka (2017). ISBN 978-955-3981-10-3
  2. Book chapter: Women in Education and Employment in Sri Lanka in Women in Science and Technology in Asia. Published by Panmun Education Co., Ltd (2015). ISBN No 979-11-86795-00-2.

Communications at scientific meetings published as abstracts

  1. Women Leadership in National Development through Higher Education and Research in Sri Lanka. 16th Conference of the Science Council of Asia. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 2016. (Oral presentation)
  2. Cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka with poor response to sodium stibogluconate: Case report. International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology workshop on “Molecular Biology of Leishmania”. Trieste, Italy. 2016.  (Poster presentation)
  3. Socio-economic and cultural factors associated with career advancement of women scientists in Sri Lanka. The Annual Research Symposium of the University of Colombo. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 2016. (Poster presentation).
  4. ‘Women  in  Research  and  Development  in  Sri  Lanka’  –  2015,  Oral  presentation at  the  11th AASSA  Regional  Workshop  on  'Gender  Issues  in  Science  Research  and  Education',  in conjunction  with  the  Gender  Summit  6  -  Asia  Pacific  2015, Seoul, Korea.  (Silva  NH,  Karunaweera  ND. 2015. Women in Research and Development in Sri Lanka’.  Proceedings of the 11th AASSA Regional Workshop on Gender Issues in Science Research and Education. Abstract P65.)
  5. Review: Thermotherapy for treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka. Molecular  Biology  Techniques  Related  to  Infectious/Genetic  Diseases  and Human  Identification,  by  International  Centre  for  Genetic  Engineering  and Biotechnology, Ragama, Sri Lanka, July 2015
  6. Silva  NH,  Karunaweera  ND.  2014.  Women’s education and employment in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of Annual Research Symposium, University of Colombo.  ISSN  2386-1916. Abstract Pp 162-163.
  7. ‘Gender  Influences  in  Education  and  Education-Related  Employment  in  Sri  Lanka’–  2014, Oral  presentation  at  the  Workshop  on  Women  in  Science  and  Technology,  Izmir.  Turkey. (Silva  NH,  Karunaweera ND.  2014.  Gender Influences in Education and Education-Related Employment in Sri Lanka.  Proceedings of the Workshop on Women in Science and Technology, Izmir. Turkey. Abstract Pp19-20.)
  8. ‘Measurement  and  Study  of  Dissolved  Oxygen  (DO),  Biological  Oxygen  Demand  (BOD), pH, Temperature and Total Dissolved Solids in selected water bodies, at different times, over  a  period  of  time  in  Sri  Lanka’ -  Won  the “School  Science  Award  1999 –  Western Province”, Sri Lanka.  Oral  presentation  at  the  School  Science  (Projects  Forum  conducted  by  the  Sri Lanka  Association  for  the  Advancement  of  Science  (SLAAS),  2000.

Guest lectures/ workshops organized/ resource person at events

  1. Organising Committee Member of the workshop on “Leadership and Career Development for Women in Science, Technology and Research (STR), Colombo, Sri Lanka (May 2017)
  2. Resource person of the workshop on “Leadership and Career Development for Women in Science, Technology and Research (STR), Colombo, Sri Lanka (May 2017)
  3. Guest speaker - Annual Leadership Development Programme conducted by Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Colombo 8, Sri Lanka (2012 and 2010)
  4. Guest speaker -The Study Circle Programme of the Sri Lanka Optometric Association at the eye Donation Center, Colombo, Sri Lanka (March 2015)
  5. Guest Artist - Drama  solo  category at  the Sri  Lanka Festival  of Music,  Dance  and  Speech, at the 'Lotus Pond' (Nelum Pokuna ) Theatre, Sri Lanka  (2012).

Research grants and ongoing projects

Principal investigator of the following grants:

  1. University Research Grants University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2016) – AP/3/2/2016/SG/13 - for the Clinical Trial titled “Study of efficacy and safety of thermotherapy by Hand-held Exothermic Crystallization Thermotherapy device versus ThermoMeddevice, for treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis showing poor response to intralesional sodium stibogluconate in Sri Lanka.-Pilot study”.
  2. University Research Grants– ‘Postgraduate Scholarship Grant’, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2017) - AP/3/2/2017/PG/31 - for the project titled “Parasite determinants that influence the treatment outcome in cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka”.