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  • Dhammika Gunasekera | Genetech

    Dhammika Gunasekera Owner of Genetech and Managing Trustee of Genetech Research Institute (GRI) Dhammika Gunasekera is the Owner of Genetech after the demise of his beloved wife Dr. Maya Gunasekera, the Founder of Genetech. He is also the owner of Dienge purveyors of handcrafted silver, fine art, gems and jewellery. Dhammika greatly values generosity and helps a large number of people and institutions financially. For example, he has given donations to the Sri Lanka Cancer Society, sponsored the Devapathiraja College (a school founded by his grandfather Sir Ernest De Silva) Rugby team in Rathgama, a rural area in Sri Lanka and met university tuition fees of students. He was a partner at Messrs. U. N. Gunasekera, a construction firm in Sri Lanka established by his father. The first two five-star hotels in Sri Lanka, namely, Lanka Oberoi (Cinnamon Grand) and Ceylon Inter-Continental (Kingsbury) were built by this company. He graduated from Imperial College London in 1989 with first class honours in civil engineering (BEng). Broadening his horizons to the field of accountancy, he became a passed finalist of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka in 1986. Furthermore, he topped his batch in the Bachelor of Science degree that he completed at University of Colombo in 1984. He was also the head prefect of Royal College, Colombo in 1980.

  • Our Leadership | Genetech

    Our Leadership Dr. Maya Gunasekera Founder of Genetech 1961 - 2006 Dr. Maya Gunasekera founded Genetech in 2002 to develop the field of biotechnology in Sri Lanka. She pioneered the use of DNA testing in forensic casework in Sri Lanka, and was involved in almost all DNA typing tests done in Sri Lanka until the time of her death. Research teams led by Maya developed the first DNA probe for the malaria vector, Anopheles culicifacies, introduced a new molecular test for the early diagnosis of dengue, pioneered genetic work on the Sri Lankan elephant and resolved the taxonomic status of a fruit bat species complex. In 1999, Maya gave expert evidence on DNA typing for the Hokandara murder trial making history as the first court case to accept DNA evidence in Sri Lanka. READ MORE Dhammika Gunasekera Owner of Genetech and Managing Trustee of Genetech Research Institute (GRI) Dhammika Gunasekera is the Owner of Genetech after the demise of his beloved wife Dr. Maya Gunasekera, the Founder of Genetech. He is also the owner of Dienge purveyors of handcrafted silver, fine art, gems and jewellery. Dhammika greatly values generosity and helps a large number of people and institutions financially. For example, he has given donations to the Sri Lanka Cancer Society, sponsored the Devapathiraja College (a school founded by his grandfather Sir Ernest De Silva) Rugby team in Rathgama, a rural area in Sri Lanka and met university tuition fees of students. READ MORE Dr. Nandika Perera Head of Forensic DNA Typing and Parentage Testing Dr. Nandika Perera joined Genetech in early 2004 soon after its inception and was part of the pioneering team led by late Dr. Maya Gunasekera, who introduced molecular diagnostics and DNA typing services to Sri Lanka. In subsequent years, he was promoted to the post of Senior Scientist and in 2010, he became the Head of the Parentage Testing Section. Currently, he is also the Head of Forensic DNA typing and has provided more than 2500 DNA typing reports to the Sri Lankan Judiciary. ​ He together with his team has established several in-house molecular diagnostic tests including a test for prenatal diagnosis of thalassemia disease. READ MORE Samudi Mohotti Senior Scientist Samudi Mohotti commenced her professional career at Genetech as a Scientific Officer at the division of parentage testing in 2004. In subsequent years, she was promoted to the post of Senior Scientist and currently oversees the entire process of parentage testing. She is one of the most experienced scientists in the field of DNA typing and has contributed to submit over 3,000 DNA test reports for civil and criminal cases to the Sri Lankan Judiciary. She took part in the development of an allele frequency databases of autosomal STR markers for Sri Lankans ethnicities and co-authored a journal paper in a high-impact journal, Forensic Science International: Genetics. READ MORE

  • Conference Papers and Communications - 1 | Genetech

    Conference Papers and Communications Page 1 of 2 Nirmani, M. D., Perera, K. L. N. S. & Galhena, G. H. (2020) A preliminary virological surveillance of field-caught adult Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus) and Aedes albopictus (Skuse) mosquitoes in selected sites in the District of Colombo and Gampaha of Sri Lanka. Proceedings of Annual Research Symposium 2020, University of Colombo; 44. De Mel, W. D. Y., Illeperuma, R. J., Fernando, S. P., Pusweldeniya, B. M. J. & Padmalal, U. K. G. K. (2019) Genetic variation of Elephas maximus maximus in Maduru Oya national park in Sri Lanka, age 2019: International Conference on Agriculture, Green Economics and Energy, Sapporo, Japan, 2019. Perera, N., Galhena, G. & Ranawaka, G. (2019) Development of a novel X-chromosomal STR based dacaplex PCR assay for the kinship analysis of Sinhalese population. Proceedings of the Open University Research Sessions (OURS 2019), Open University of Sri Lanka, P19. Available from: https://ours.ou.ac.lk/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Abastracts-Open-University-Research-Sessions-October-2019-19-20.pdf Perera, N., Galhena, G. & Ranawaka, G. (2019) Genetic profiling of six X-chromosomal STR loci among Tamil populations in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Sessions of the Institute of Biology. Institute of Biology Sri Lanka, P36. Perera, N., Galhena, G. & Ranawaka, G. (2019) Haplotype analysis of two X-chromosome STR clusters in Sinhalese population. Proceedings of Annual Research Symposium, University of Colombo, P230. Nirmani, M. D., Perera, K. L. N. S. & Galhena, G. H. (2019) Suitability of six microsatellite markers for evolutionary genetic studies of Asian tiger mosquitoes in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of Annual Research Symposium. University of Colombo; 227. Nirmani, M. D., Perera, K. L. N. & Galhena, G. H. (2019) Microsatellite marker-based population dynamics of the dengue vector, Aedes albopictus in Wet and Dry Zones of Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 75th Annual Sessions of The Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science; 79. Pusweldeniya, B. M. J. & Illeperuma, R. J. (2018) The success of cigarette and beedi butts as forensic DNA evidence in Sri Lanka. Annual Scientific Sessions of the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka, Colombo, 2018. Nirmani M. D., Perera, K. L. N. & Galhena, G. H. (2017) The effect of extensive mosquito migration on dengue control as revealed by phylogeny of dengue vector Aedes aegypti. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Science Index, Medical and Health Sciences, 4(12), 304. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327305382_The_Effect_of_Extensive_Mosquito_Migration_on_Dengue_Control_as_Revealed_by_Phylogeny_of_Dengue_Vector_Aedes_aegypti Nirmani M. D, Perera, K. L. N. & Galhena, G. H. (2017) A comparison of genetic variability of dengue vectors using microsatellite and EPIC markers. Proceedings of Annual Research Symposium 2017, University of Colombo; 268. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327305343_A_comparison_of_genetic_variability_of_dengue_vectors_using_microsatellite_and_EPIC_markers Nirmani M. D., Perera, K. L. N. & Galhena, G. H. (2017) Genetic diversity and population dynamics of dengue vectors Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in selected localities in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 73rd Annual Sessions of The Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science; 169. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327305541_Genetic_diversity_and_population_dynamics_of_dengue_vectors_Aedes_aegypti_and_Aedes_albopictus_in_selected_localities_in_Sri_Lanka Tharaka, K. P. D. & Illeperuma, R. J. (2017) Amount of DNA in forensic hair evidence play minor role in success for conventional nuclear DNA testing, Annual Scientific Sessions of the Medico-Legal Society of Sri Lanka, Colombo, 2017. Nirmani, M. D., Gangani, P. D., Perera, K. L. N. & Galhena, G. H. (2016) Aedes aegypti population dynamics help evaluation of current vector control measures in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of Annual Research Symposium 2016, University of Colombo; 282. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327305108_Aedes_aegypti_population_dynamics_help_evaluation_of_current_vector_control_measures_in_Sri_Lanka Gangani, P. D., Nirmani, M. D., Perera, K. L. N. & Galhena, G. H. (2016) Microsatellite markers reveal high genetic diversity among principal dengue vector, Aedes aegypti in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 36th Annual sessions of the Institute of Biology; 42. Nirmani, M. D., Gangani, P. D., Perera, K. L. N. & Galhena, G. H. (2016) Long distance passive migrations may explain the low genetic differentiation in principal dengue vector (Aedes aegypti) in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Sessions of the Institute of Biology; 43. Nirmani, M. D., Perera, K. L. N. & Galhena, G. H. (2015) Microsatellite markers reveal the spatial genetic structure of dengue vector Aedes aegypti in selected areas in Colombo district. Proceedings of the 35th Annual sessions of the Institute of Biology; 54. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327305566_Microsatellite_markers_reveal_the_spatial_genetic_structure_of_dengue_vector_Aedes_aegypti_in_selected_areas_in_Colombo_district Nirmani, M. D., Madusanka, R. A., Perera, K. L. N. & Galhena, G. H. (2015) Use of ovitrap surveillance in assessing dengue outbreak risk in selected areas in Colombo district. Proceedings of Peradeniya University International Research Sessions 2015, University of Peradeniya; 229. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327305370_Use_of_ovitrap_surveillance_in_assessing_dengue_outbreak_risk_in_selected_areas_in_Colombo_district Nirmani, M. D., Perera, K. L. N. & Galhena, G. H. (2015) Vector surveillance suggests an enhanced vector status for Ae. albopictus compared to Ae. aegypti in the Kandy district. Proceedings of Annual Research Symposium 2015, University of Colombo; 112. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327305462_Vector_surveillance_suggests_an_enhanced_vector_status_for_Ae_albopictus_compared_to_Ae_argypti_in_Kandy_district Nirmani, M. D., Perera, K. L. N. & Galhena, G. H. (2015) Oviposition activity of dengue vectors in response to two different organic infusions. Proceedings of Annual Research Symposium 2015, University of Colombo; 113. Nirmani, M. D., Perera, K. L. N. & Galhena, G. H. (2015) Feasibility of using Exon-Primed Intron-Crossing (EPIC) markers to detect the genetic variation of a dengue vector in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Sessions of the Institute of Biology Sri Lanka; 60. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327305637_The_feasibility_of_using_Exon-Primed_Intron-Crossing_EPIC_markers_to_detect_the_genetic_variation_of_a_dengue_vector_in_Sri_Lanka Kamaral, L. C. J., Perera, S. A. C. N., Perera, K. L. N. S. & Dasanayake, P. N. (2014). Population Structure of Sri Lanka yellow dwarf coconut variety as revealed by SSR markers. International Conference on Multidisciplinary Approaches 2014 (ICMA) pp 150. De Silva, W. H., Kamaral, L. C. J., Mohotti, S. N. K. & Perera, K. L. N. S. (2014) Development and validation of an allelic ladder for D18S51 short tandem repeat (STR) locus. Wayamba International Conference (WinC 2014). pp 251. Kamaral, L. C. J., Perera, K. L. N. S., Dasanayake, P. N. & Perera S. A. C. N. (2013) Variation of Sri Lanka yellow dwarf coconut variety at microsatellite marker loci. Proceedings of the 69th Annual Sessions. SLAAS. Part 1, pp 40. Gunasekera, J. M. A., Jayasekera, G. A. U., Fernandopulle, N. D., Perera, K. L. N. & De Silva, A. D. (2010) Development of Transgenic Plants for Leaffolder (Cnaphalocrosis medinalis) Resistance in Local Rice Varieties. Annual Research Proceedings, University of Colombo. pp 120. Available from: http://192.248.16.117:8080/research/handle/70130/381?mode=full ​ ​ 1 2

  • GM and Other Food Testing | Genetech

    Genetically Modified and Other Food Testing Definition Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified through the introduction of a gene from a different organism. Currently available GM foods stem mostly from plants. What we do We use a PCR method to identify the most common genetic elements that are generally found in GM crops. The test is very sensitive and able to detect 0.1% GM content. In addition to the common genetic elements, on request, we also offer to detect other genetic elements that are assumed to have been integrated into the plants during the GM procedure. Our test can be applied to crops such as corn, soy, canola, and potato as well as processed food items such as tea, desiccated coconut, bakery & confectionery items, breakfast cereals & snacks, food additives, and others. Validation of method The test method has been validated according to the guidelines given by the European Commission Joint Research Centre for food samples and uses positive (European Certified reference materials) and negative control samples in order to assure the best qualitative results. Who we help Our testing facility has been utilised by the Food Control Administration Unit, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka for the screening of imported seeds and food products as well as local farmers, manufactures and exporters to certify their products are free from GM food materials. Contact us View price list

  • PhD Projects | Genetech

    Research leading to the award of PhD ​ ​ X-Chromosome markers for forensic genetics in Sri Lanka: development, validation and application of a novel 16 X-STR multiplex assay for the Sri Lankans. K. L. Nandika Perera, Ph.D., Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka, 2021. Population genetic and epidemiological investigation of the dengue vectors Aedes aegypti (L.) and Aedes albopictus (Skuse) in Sri Lanka. M. D. Nirmani, Ph.D., Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2021 (Thesis Submitted). DNA marker assisted breeding of rice blast resistant genes into local rice. Ama Jayawardana, Ph.D. Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo; Rice Research and development Institute, Batalagoda, 2019 (Conducted partially at Genetech). Genetic diversity and population structure of ex-situ conserved finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn) accessions in Sri Lanka. Parami Wakista, Ph.D. Department of Botany, Faculty of Applied Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, 2017. Development of Mini STR primers in order to enhance sensitivity and amplification efficiency of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to aid analysis of degraded DNA evidence in Sri Lankan case work. N. D. Suraj Goonawardhana, Ph.D., Department of Zoology Environment Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2016. Characterization and transfer of Drought Responsive Elements Binding (DREB) genes to develop transgenic drought resistant rice. W.S. Imesh De Silva, Ph.D., Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2016. Understanding the role of host genetic factors and specific dengue virus epitomes during dengue infection. Anira Fernando, Ph.D., Department of Zoology Environment Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2015. Sustainable insect resistance in local rice varieties. Manisha Gunasekera, PhD, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. 2010 (partially conducted at Genetech). Development of databases for autosomal Y-chromosomal and mitochondrial DNA markers and their application in forensic casework and population genetics in Sri Lankan populations. Ruwan J Illeperuma, PhD, Department of Zoology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2010. ​ Detection, quantification and characterization of Hepatitis C virus strains in Sri Lanka. Dhammika B. Seneviratne, PhD, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2010. Severity of dengue disease and the role of different serotypes and genotypes of the causative viruses. Upul Nalaka De Silva Kanakaratne, PhD, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2009. ​ ​ ​

  • Application Process | Genetech

    Application Process 01 CV Submission Send us your CV to info@genetechsrilanka.com if you believe your profile matches our requirements for a job advertised on our website. Please make sure you meet the essential requirements before applying for any role. 02 First Interview If we find your CV impressive and your profile meets our requirements after reviewing, we will invite you to an interview with our senior scientists/recruitment team to further assess your skills and get to know you more. The majority of the interview will be strength based, and you can view our top interview tips to help prepare yourself. We are committed to ensuring that our recruitment practices are barrier-free, and as inclusive as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who require them to perform to the best of their ability. 03 Final Interview If we find your performance at the first interview great and better than most candidates who applied for the same position, we will invite you to the final stage of our recruitment process – an interview with our CEO. 04 Offer Finally, the best candidate(s) will be invited to join our team at Genetech.

  • Customised Biotech | Genetech

    Customised Biotechnology Solutions We have the personnel and the facilities to accommodate requests from various industries and researchers for customised solutions in the areas of molecular characterisation (microbes, plants and animals), DNA-based testing of environmental samples, molecular epidemiology and molecular systematics. We are prepared to work with fellow scientists from other institutions on inter-laboratory comparisons and method development. ​ Our service encompasses the techniques based on conventional and real time PCR, automated fragment analysis, cell culturing, plant tissue culturing and sequencing (CES and NGS). Contact us View a list of our recent projects

  • Product Development | Genetech

    Product Development Our research projects often aim for a final product which can range from developing a new diagnostic test to a commercial nucleic acid extraction or amplification kit. Research and development projects have given rise to Genetech's new product line. DNA and RNA extraction kits We have developed a wide range of DNA/RNA extraction kits such as viral RNA/DNA extraction kits, Bacterial genomic and plasmid DNA extraction kits, plant DNA extraction kits, human and other animal genomic DNA extraction kits. The kits are starting from 25 prep size and are scaled up to 100s to meet the wide array of requirements found in the research community. For optimum results, we also provide customised extraction kits for low yielding starting materials like insect and bone samples. PCR amplification kits We offer customised conventional and real time PCR amplification kits (Ready mix PCR kits) for both DNA and RNA. This can be integrated with primer designing and PCR optimisation as required for the best results. Industrially important kits We offer to develop industrially important test kits to meet specific needs. For example, White Spot Syndrome Virus Detection Kit for shrimps was developed for the shrimp farm industry, based on customer requirements. You can contact us to discuss your specific requirement. We are able to design and develop customised kits for a wide variety of industrial needs. Contact us

  • DNA Typing | Genetech

    DNA Typing Our passion to improve We pioneered the use of DNA typing for human identification for forensic casework and analysis of family relationships including parentage testing. We are a major supplier of this technology to the medico-legal community and the judicial system in Sri Lanka. Our reputation for integrity and reliability has made us the main provider of forensic DNA testing in the country. Over 4000 cases of disputed parentage and another 4000 criminal cases have had the advantage of DNA evidence through Genetech. What is DNA typing? DNA typing is a method of identifying individuals from the differences in their DNA. It is used for forensic casework as well as for determining familial relationships between individuals including paternity, maternity and siblingship. Advantages of DNA typing The science of DNA typing relies on technology that allows an individual's DNA to be examined and analysed. A person's DNA is unique: no two individuals (with the exception of identical twins) have the same DNA. Every cell in a person's body has the same DNA. Hence, DNA taken from any part of the body from the same individual will always be the same. DNA typing can be performed from many types of biological specimens including blood, saliva, sperm cells, muscle, teeth and bones. Thus, a person's DNA can be typed from very little tissue or body fluid. DNA typing is used for two major purposes: Identification of individuals from biological samples: This is mainly done in forensic casework, where it is possible to determine the identity of a criminal by typing the DNA left behind at the scene of the crime. Determination of familial relationships: This includes paternity testing, maternity testing, sibling testing, grand-parent testing, and even the identification of mutilated bodies. DNA typing is the best method of identifying individuals and determining familial relationships due to many reasons. It is extremely sensitive: with even a very small amount of tissue, the test can be performed successfully. It is also very accurate: it can give a test result with a very high degree of certainty. It is very reliable: the likelihood of obtaining a false result can be minimised, and the likelihood of making an error in the conclusion can be calculated. How does DNA typing work? In the DNA typing process, a DNA banding pattern or profile of an individual is first obtained from a tissue sample. The DNA profile is observed in the form of a set of DNA bands known as alleles. Each person has a maximum of two specific alleles for a given genetic location. This DNA profile is compared with the profile obtained from a sample taken from the scene of a crime. If the alleles in the two profiles match, then it can be said that the sample taken from the scene of the crime is from the individual that was tested. DNA typing services Child custody and maintenance: In cases where one parent is claiming the custody and maintenance of a child and the other parent is refusing to accept parentage. Proof of adultery: Especially in divorce cases where the paternity of the child is suspect, and the wife is being accused of adultery, DNA typing can be used to determine whether the husband is the father of the child. View all Cost We are happy to announce that after much research and optimisation, we have streamlined our DNA typing methods, and we are therefore able to provide DNA typing services at a reasonable cost. We perform the same DNA typing tests which are used by internationally recognised laboratories, and maintain the same standards of quality so that the conclusions made by us can be verified by any accredited forensic DNA typing laboratory in the world. Contact us View Price List Quality control DNA typing is a highly specialised procedure which requires knowledge and skill. Furthermore, for DNA typing evidence to be acceptable in a Court of Law, it has to meet certain quality standards, which have been well documented and followed by forensic DNA laboratories worldwide. Accordingly in 2010, we became the first DNA typing laboratory in Sri Lanka to achieve ISO 15189:2007 (now 15189:2012) accreditation from Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB). Read more Accuracy of evidence DNA testing is the most accurate and reliable means of identity verification and parentage testing. The degree of accuracy of the test will depend on the genetic diversity of the Sri Lankan population as well as the number of genetic locations (STR loci) which are tested. There is no mandatory number of STR loci required for a test, but the testing of nine STR loci or more is generally considered to be sufficiently accurate. We test up to 15 STR loci. Read more Ethical Guidelines DNA typing is performed ethically only with the informed consent of the individual whose DNA is being typed. The persons concerned will be informed about the consequences of the test. Where such consent cannot be given such as in the case of minors, the consent of the guardian has to be obtained. We will not undertake samples for parentage testing without written consent from all living parties who will be tested. Read more Please contact us for personalised support on parentage and testing of other family relationships.

  • BSc Research Projects | Genetech

    BSc Research Projects X-Chromosomal recombination – A family study analyzing 7 X-STR loci in Sinhalese. Ruvini Wijithalal, B.Sc. special in Zoology, Department of Zoology and Environment Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2019. Detection of gene polymorphism in angiotensinogen protein among chronic kidney disease patients in Sri Lankan population. Sathiyamoorthy Kabaskar, B.Sc. (Hons) in Biomedical Science, School of Biomedical Sciences, British College of Applied Studies (BCAS Campus), 2018. Detection of gene polymorphisms in angiotensin II type 1 receptor among chronic kidney disease patients in Sri Lankan population. Shiyamnesh Ganesh, B.Sc. (Hons) in Biomedical Science, School of Biomedical Sciences, British College of Applied Studies (BCAS Campus), 2018. A population genetic study of six X-STR markers among Sri Lankans and its applicability in resolving forensic and kinship case work in Sri Lanka. Hasna Riyal, Department of Zoology and Environment Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2016. Development of a low cost in-house method for the analysis of Y-chromosomal mini STR loci DYS19, DYS388 and DYS390. Anushika B.Sc., Department of Botany, Faculty of Applied Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, 2010. Isolation of OsRDEB2A Gene in Drought Tolerance and Susceptible Rice Varieties and Cloning of OsDREB2A Gene. Thanuja Denipitiya, B.Sc., Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2010. Rapid and specific genotyping system for major hepatitis B virus genotypes by PCR using type-specific primers. D. Palika. C. Vithana, B.Sc., Department of Botany, Faculty of Applied Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, 2010. Cloning and Characterization of the Promoter of OSR40c1 Gene (an ABA Responsive, Salinity Induced and Root Specific Gene) from Local Rice Germplasm A. Ishara Sandamali Atukorala, BSc. (Plant Biotechnology), Department of Plant Sciences, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2010. Phylogenetic analysis of Puntius bandula (Bandula Barb) of Sri Lanka using CO1 region of mitochondrial DNA- Tharaka Bhanuguptha, B.Sc. special in Zoology, Department of Zoology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2009. Development of In-House Low Cost Laboratory Protocols for the Detection of Genetically Modified Food. M. H. Lichchavi Dhananjaya Rajasinghe, B.Sc. in Agricultural Technology & Management, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2009. Screening for the OSr40c1 gene (a novel ABA responsive salinity induced and root specific gene in local rice germplasm Gayani N. Wickramarathna, B.Sc. in Agriculture, Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, 2009. Optimization and establishment of DNA barcoding of tea varieties in Sri Lanka. E. D. Trashila S. Wickremasinghe, B.Sc. in Plant Biotechnology, Department of Botany, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka, 2009. Development of a PCR-based Molecular Detection Assay for Thielaviopsis paradoxa in Coconut Fibre Dust (CFD). Nimhani. K. Perera, B.Sc., Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management. Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, 2009. Population study of the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) core loci D3S1358, D5S818, D8S1179 short tandem repeat (STR) polymorphisms in Sri Lanka. W. Chatumal, B.Sc. in Natural Sciences, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Open University of Sri Lanka, 2008. Optimizing and field testing methods for DNA barcoding of birds in Sri Lanka. Irushinie R. Wedage, B.Sc., Department of Zoology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2008. Development of an in-house method for purification and characterization of Taq DNA polymerase. P. V. V. W. Gunathilaka, B.Sc., Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management. Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. 2007. ​ ​ Anchor 1

  • Collaborative Projects | Genetech

    Collaborative Projects How projects initiated under this scheme work Projects initiated under this scheme will be considered formal research collaborations between GRI and the external researcher. ​ The external researcher and GRI will agree on a time frame, scope of work, and budget for the project. An agreement will be signed between GRI and the external researcher spelling out these details. ​ Technical services and laboratory work may be performed in either of the following ways subject to mutual agreement: ​ By the external researcher and GRI staff. By the external researcher and a research assistant appointed by the external researcher. Budgeting and authorship Budgeting for this type of project will take the following into consideration: Chemicals and consumables Technical Personnel fees (if done by GRI staff) Equipment fees Bench fees Overhead charges ​ GRI scientists will be co-authors of any publications or presentations that are generated by the project. ​ A list of collaborative projects funded by external sources is given below. Risk factors for dengue hemorrhagic fever in Sri Lanka. FIRCA Grant, National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA. Pediatric dengue surveillance in Colombo. Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative (PDVI), South Korea. Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Genetic identification of vertebrate species in Sri Lanka using DNA barcoding. Funded by an ADB project through the Open University of Sri Lanka. Cross reactivity and prophylactic activity of HLA restricted Dengue 2 and Dengue 3 T cell responses. Funded via a contract grant (National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA) awarded to the La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology. The Dengue Population Genetics Program: The project aimed to assess genetic variants associated with dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF). Funded via a contract grant (NIH/NIAID) awarded to McMaster University, Canada. National Dengue Surveillance Project: The project aimed to perform surveillance for dengue in Sri Lanka. Funded by the European Union/ Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka. Sequencing of current circulating dengue viruses in Sri Lanka and correlating them with the specific dengue epitopes with T cell responses from dengue patients. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka. Studies on Melioidosis patients and the infecting Burkholderiapseudomallei strains in Sri Lanka. Funded by the US Army Medical Research & Material Command (USAMRMC). The identification of HLA class I and class II T cell epitopes from dengue virus. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA. ​

  • Technical Services | Genetech

    Technical Services Genetech Research Institute offers technical services in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry-related ventures. We will provide analytical services as required by an external researcher: GRI will analyse samples provided by the external researcher using established protocols at GRI or detailed protocols provided by the external investigator. Samples will be analysed by the technical staff of Genetech and results will be reported to the external researcher. The external researcher will be charged a fee based on the number of samples and type of analysis. GRI will not be held responsible for any observations and conclusions made from this research.

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