a bit about me:     


Education and career | 


I completed an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy at University of The Punjab between 1999 and 2003. My specialist subjects were Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics. The remainder of my studies covered most of the major sub-disciplines (physiology, anatomy, pathology, microbiology, immunology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacognosy, hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy and industrial pharmacy). 


I started my postgraduate career as a pharmacist in retail/community pharmacy in 2004 followed by reading M.Sc Biotechnology in 2005. After completing M.Sc in 2007 at the University of East London, UK, I began my Ph.D in 2008, working with Dr. David Bringloe on ''Plant-based strategies aimed at expressing a functional human adenosine deaminase at high levels". I submitted my thesis in June 2012, defended the thesis in September under the perusal of Prof. Julian Ma (St. George's, University of London) and graduated in October 2012.


During my postgraduate studies, I worked part-time as a Healthcare Advisor at Boots UK Ltd and also as a Demostrator/teaching assistant in molecular biology and biotechnology at University of East London.

I took up my first post as a Senior Lecturer at  General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka in November 2013. During the appointment, I taught four subjects at levels 1 and 2; Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy, and Microbiology. In May 2014, I took up Post-Doctoral Scientist position at Human Genetics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo and to date I conduct research on developing novel synthetic biology platforms (Plant) to increase salinity tolerance through changing root architecture and signal transduction pathways in view of acquiring U.S patent on novel findings. Also, conduct next generation sequencing of indigenous plant species in view of finding novel regulatory elements and successfully sequenced whole genome of an indigenous Sri Lankan rice variety,  'Godawee' for the first time in Sri Lanka. 

Interests |


When I am not doing my best to conquer the world of research, I am a keen cook, and can recommend these food sites.