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Academic Staff member

Dr. W. G. S. Manel Kumari

Senior Lecturer (Grade II)

Senior Lecturer (Grade II)

B.Sc (Ruhuna, SL)
M.Sc. (Peradeniya, SL)
M.Sc. (Wageningen, Netherlands)
Ph.D. (Queensland, Australia)
Specialization – Plant Virology, Microbiology

Email - Shirani@bot.ruh.ac.lk

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  • Plant Virology
  • General Microbiology
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Plant Diversity, Unity and Evolution
  • Practical Skills in Botany
  • Plant virus diagnostics
  • Plant-virus-vector interactions (Transcriptome analysis)
  • Bioremediation of contaminated soil and water
  • Freshwater cyanobacterial blooms and control strategies
  • 1. Walakulu Gamage S.S, Masakorala K., Brown M.T. and Widana Gamage S.M.K. (2020). Tolerance of Impatiens balsamina L., and Crotalaria retusa L. to grow on soil contaminated by used lubricating oil: A comparative study. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 188: doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2019.109911
  • 2. Widana Gamage S.M.K., Rotenberg D., Schneweis D.J., Tsai C-W., Dietzgen R.G. (2018). Transcriptome-wide responses of adult melon thrips (Thrips palmi) associated with capsicum chlorosis virus infection. PLoS ONE 13(12): doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0208538
  • 3. Widana Gamage, S.M.K and Dietzgen, R.D. (2017). Intracellular localization, interactions and functions of capsicum chlorosis virus proteins. Frontiers in Microbiology 8:612. doi 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00612
  • 4. Widana Gamage, S.M.K, McGrath D., Persley, D.M., Dietzgen, R.D. (2016). Transcriptome analysis of capsicum chlorosis virus-induced hypersensitive resistance response in Bell capsicum. PLoS One 11(7): e0159085. doi: 10.1371/ journal.pone. 0159085
  • 5. Abeysinghe, S., Widana Gamage S.M.K., Arachchi, I.M.M. and Dickinson, M. (2016). Occurrence of phytoplasma diseases of papaya in Sri Lanka. Acta Horticulturae 1111, 25-30. doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1111.4
  • 6. Widana Gamage, S.M.K, Persley, D.M., Higgins, C.M, Dietzgen, R.D. (2015). First complete genome sequence of a capsicum chlorosis tospovirus isolate from Australia with an unusually large S RNA intergenic region. Archives of Virology 160, 3. doi:10.1007/s 00705-014-2324-8.
  • 7. Abeysinghe, S., Widana Gamage S.M.K., Arachchi, I.M.M., Dickinson, M. (2014). First report of the molecular identification of a phytoplasma associated with dieback disease of papaya in Sri Lanka. New Disease Reports 29, 13. doi:10.5197/j.2044-588.2014. 029. 013.
  • 8. Widana Gamage, S. M. K., Hassani-Mehraban, A., Peters, D. (2014). Tomato spotted wilt virus in Sri Lanka: emerging problems of tospoviruses. Tropical Agricultural Research and Extension 16, 3. doi:10.4038/tare.v16i3.5278.
  • 9. Widana Gamage, S.M.K., Hassani-Mehraban, A. and Peters, D. (2010). Identification of Iris yellow spot virus on Leek (Allium porrum) in Sri Lanka. Plant Disease 94. doi:10.1094/PDIS-94-8-1070B.
  • Scholarships and Fellowships:
  • 2013- 2017: Faculty for the Future Fellowship, Schlumberger Foundation, Netherlands
  • 2013-2016: Top-up Assistance Plan Scholarship, University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2015: Laurence Mound Fellowship, University of California, USA
  • 2015: QAAFI Travel Award, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2015: Graduate School International Travel Award, University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2008-2010: Netherlands Fellowship, Netherlands
  • Research Grants:
  • 2019-2022: Development Oriented Research Grant (AHEAD/World Bank): 40 Million LKR
  • 2018-2019: Faculty of Science, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka: 0.1 Million LKR
  • 2017-2018: Faculty of Science, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka 0.1 Million LKR
  • Joint Secretary/RISTCON (2020)
  • Coordinator/AHEAD/RA3/DOR/RUH/SCI/CYANO (2019-2022)
  • Member Medical Committee/Faculty of Science (2018-2020)
  • Member Faculty Day Committee/Faculty of Science (2020)
  • Member of Technical Evaluation Committee/AHEAD/ELTA-ELSE (2020)
  • Member of Program Review Preparation Committee/Faculty of Science (2019-2020)
  • Joint Secretory/RISTCON (2019)
  • Executive Committee member/Ruhuna University Science Teachers Association (2018-2019)
  • Executive Committee member/RISTCON (2018)
  • Student Counselor (2005-2008 and 2010-2013)
  • Member of the Editorial Panel for the Biology Resource Book for the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level), Sri Lanka