Dr. T. N. SAMARANAYAKE

M.B.B.S., Dip (Med. Microbiology),PhD (Colombo)

Senior Lecturer

CONTACT INFORMATION

PHONE: 00-94-11–2695300 Ext.182

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   QUALIFICATIONS:

  • M.B.,B.S.-   Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka-  2000
  • Diploma in Medical Microbiology = Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka-2006
  • Ph.D. (Colombo) (Medical Parasitology & Human Genetics) -  Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka-2011                                                                    

     MEMBERSHIPS & OTHER APPOINTMENTS

  • Certified as a Teacher in Higher Education by University of Colombo (2005) and Staff and Education Development Association (SEDA), UK (2005)
  • Life Member, Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science
  • Life Member, Sri Lanka Medical Association

          Other activities

  • Convener - Infectious and Parasitic Diseases Module
  • Assistant Secretary, Sri Lanka Medical Association (2012)
  • Secretary – Ethics Review Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo
  • Member – Animal Research & Welfare Subcommittee, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo
  • Member – Specialty Board in Biomedical Informatics, Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo

     TEACHING

          Under graduate

  • Foundation Module
  • Infectious and Parasitic Diseases Module
  • Small group teaching in other modules of Applied Sciences Stream and Behavioral Sciences Stream

            Post graduate

  • Diploma in Medical Microbiology
  • MD in Parasitology
  • MD in Transfusion Medicine
  • MSc in Molecular Genetics
  • MSc in Biomedical Informatics

 AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS

Research Grants

Principal Investigator for the following research grants:

  • National Health & Research Council, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka Research Grants 2005 : Rs. 65,000/-

        to carry out research project titled “A candidate gene association study of genetic                   susceptibility to cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka”

  • IRQUE Project Research Grants for Staff Student Collaborative Research 2005/2006 : Rs. 150,000/-

        to carry out research project titled “A candidate gene association study of genetic                   susceptibility to cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka”

  • University Grants Commission Research promotion Centre Lead Initiatives 2005/2006 : Rs. 300,000/

        to carry out research project titled “A candidate gene association study of genetic                   susceptibility to cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka”

  • IRQUE Project Research Grants for Staff Student Collaborative Research 2006/2007 : Rs. 150,000/-

        to carry out research project titled “Polymorphism in tumour necrosis factor genes                 associated with cutaneous leishmaniasis”

  • University Grants Commission Research Grants to Probationary Lecturers for PhD Research Degrees 2007 : Rs. 494,500/-
        to carry out research project titled “A candidate gene association study of genetic                   susceptibility to cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka”

Co-Investigator for the following research grant:

  • National Research Council Grants 2007 : Rs. 6,655,619/-  

         to carry out research project titled “Role of HLA alleles in susceptibility and protection            from localized cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka”

TRAVEL AWARDS

  • International Development Grant for Young Women

        To attend the 13th International Congress on Infectious Diseases in Kuala Lumpur,                 Malaysia. 19-22 June, 2008.

  • Advanced WHO/TDR Course on Immunology, Vaccinology and Biotechnology Applied to Infectious Diseases. Organized with the collaboration and support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Geneva / Lausanne, Switzerland. 10 September –24 October, 2008.

  • Wellcome Trust Open Door Workshop: Working with the Human Genome Sequence. Bangkok, Thailand. 11-15 October, 2009.

 Successful MSc Degree Supervision

  • A study on prevalence of toxoplasmosis in immuno compromised cancer patients
  • A genome wide comparison of the SNP profile of the Sri Lankan human genome with five other human genomes
  • Creating a catalogue of disease specific microRNAs in the Sri Lankan human Genome
  • Identification and annotation of clinically significant single nucleotide polymorphisms in the Sri Lankan Human Genome
  • A SNP re-annotation tool: Development, validation and implementation
  • Patient centered Cancer Genomic Information retrieval tool for Oncologists; Development and Implementation 
  • RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS
  1. S.D.Fernando, C.Rodrigo, N de Silva, S.Semege, S.Rajapakse, N.Samaranayake, S.Senanayake, R.G.Premaratne (2014). Educating security forces, a high risk group in malaria elimination efforts: an example from Sri Lanka. International Health, doi:10.1093/inthea/ihu044.
  2. Rajapakse S, Shivanthan MC, Samaranayake N, Rodrigo C & Fernando SD (2013).Antibiotics for human toxoplasmosis: a systematic review of randomized trials. Pathogens and Global Health, 107 (4), 162-169.
  3. T. N. Samaranayake, S.D.Fernando, V. H. W. Dissanayake (2010). A candidate gene study of susceptibility to cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka. Tropical Medicine and International Health,  15: 632-638.
  4. T.N.Samaranayake, V.H.Dissanayake, S.D. Fernando (2008). Clinical manifestations of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka- possible evidence for genetic susceptibility among the Sinhalese. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, 102 (5): 383-390.

RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS WITH PUBLICATIONS IN ABSTRACT FORM

National

  • Liyanage CAH, Samaranayake N, Perera J & Liyanage S. A study on falls presenting to the Accident Service of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka from 06-11-2000 to 09-11-2000. Scientific Sessions of the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka. 18 November, 2000. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in proceedings of Scientific Sessions of the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka, 13)
  • Samaranayake TN, Mahesh PKB, Dissanayake VHW & Fernando SD. Clinical manifestations of cutaneous leishmaniasis – further evidence from 200 patients. 63rd Annual Sessions of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. 5 - 8 December, 2007. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in Proceedings of the 63rd Annual Sessions of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Part 1: 3.)
  • Samaranayake TN, Dissanayake VHW & Fernando SD. Clinical manifestations of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) – evidence for a possible genetic susceptibility.  121st Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, 19 - 22 March, 2008. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in Ceylon Medical Journal 2008, 53 (supple 1): 43)
  • Samaranayake TN, Fernando SD, Jayasekara RW & Dissanayake VHW. Inherited variability in Tumour Necrosis Factor production and potential susceptibility to cutaneous leishmaniasis in the Sri Lankan population. 121st Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, 19 - 22 March, 2008. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in Ceylon Medical Journal 2008, 53 (supple 1): 43)
  • Samaranayake TN, Fernando SD, Jayasekara RW & Dissanayake VHW. Host genetic susceptibility to cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka. 123rd  Annual Scientific Sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, 1-3rd June, 2010. (Abstracted in Ceylon Medical Journal 2010, 55 (supple 1): 29)
  • Cooray NSAR, Samaranayake TN, Karunaweera ND. Prevalence of toxoplasmosis in immunocompromised cancer patients attending a tertiary care hospital. 125th   Anniversary International Medical Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, 2-6th July, 2012. (Abstracted in Ceylon Medical Journal 2012, 57 (supple 1): 148)

International

  • Perera HJM, Samaranayake N, Liyanage CAH & de Zoysa P. Problems encountered in child sexual abuse. 3rd Conference of South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2-4 March, 2001. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in proceedings of 3rd Conference of South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 33)
  • Perera HJM, Fernando P, Liyanage CAH & Samaranayake N. Medicolegal aspects of abortion following trauma. 3rd Conference of South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2-4 March, 2001. Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Abstracted in proceedings of 3rd Conference of South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 33)
  • Samaranayake TN, Fernando SD, Jayasekara RW & Dissanayake VHW. Inherited variability in Tumour Necrosis Factor Production and potential susceptibility to cutaneous leishmaniasis in the Sri Lankan population. 13th International Conference on Infectious Diseases, 19-22 June, 2008. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Abstracted in International Journal of Infectious Diseases 2008, 12 (suppl 1))
  • Samaranayake TN, Fernando SD, Jayasekara RW & Dissanayake VHW. Inherited susceptibility to cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka. 13th International Conference on Infectious Diseases, 19-22 June, 2008. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Abstracted in International Journal of Infectious Diseases 2008, 12 (suppl 1)
  • Samaranayake TN,  Jameel MR, Gajasinghe SVD, Fernando SD, Jayasekara RW & Dissanayake VHW. Polymorphisms in the Tumour Necrosis Factor Genes and Susceptibility to Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in the Sri Lankan Population.  International Conference on Frontiers in Molecular Life Sciences, 16-18 September, 2009, Colombo, Sri Lanka.