Senior Professor & Chair of Chemistry (Ms.) Priyani A. Paranagama, appointed as the Director of Institute of Indigenous Medicine (IMM), University of Colombo

Senior Professor & Chair of Chemistry (Ms.) Priyani A. Paranagama, Department of Chemistry, University of Kelaniya, has been appointed as the Director of the Institute of Indigenous Medicine (IMM), University of Colombo with effect from 10th February 2018, in pursuance of the powers vested in the University Grants Commission (UGC), under Paragraph 7(1) of the Indigenous Medicine Ordinance No. 7 of 1979.
The appointment is valid for a period of three years reckoned from the date of appointment. The appointment is subjected to the provision of Sub Paragraph (3) of Paragraph (7) of the previously mentioned Ordinance.
Senior Professor Priyani Ashoka Paranagama obtained her Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Chemistry (1986) as well as M.Phil in Organic Chemistry at University of Kelaniya (1990) and PhD in Bio-organic Chemistry (1994) at University of Glasgow, UK. Prof. Paranagama is attached to the Department of Chemistry, University of Kelaniya and a senior professor and Chair of Chemistry at University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. She is a fellow of Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon and Chartered chemist (CChem), Royal Society of Chemistry. She served was a full time visiting Senior Professor as well as the Dean of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon during the period of January 2015 to October 2017.
She is a member of several professional bodies in Sri Lanka and she was awarded, Dr. C.L. de Silva Gold medal for outstanding research in Chemical Sciences 2015 and the M U S Sultanbawa gold medal in 2008 for her achievement in the research career. In 2005 she was awarded the Fulbright scholarship to continue her research work on ‘Secondary Metabolites of endophytic fungi and endolichenic fungi’ at University of Arizona, USA. Many novel compounds isolated from fungi were identified and published in peer review journals. She has successfully supervised over 14 postgraduate students and is currently supervising eight postgraduate students in many different areas of chemistry. She is a recipient of several national and international research grants and got several honors and awards. She has published over 43 papers in indexed journals and written or edited 7 books.
Senior Professor Priyani A. Paranagama has published over 100 communications. She has been engaged in many different areas of research ranging from isolation and characterization of natural products development of nutraceuticals and value addition of fruit, vegetables, spices and essential oils. Her research interests are ‘isolation and characterization of bioactive natural products from plants’ and ‘endolichenic fungi and development of biopesticides’.

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