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Biosafety Expert (EXP)

last updated: 30 Nov 2020
General Information
Profile of the expert
D.Sc. Honoris causa, Sabaragamuwa University; Ph.D. (UK), Applied Genetics; M.Sc. (Japan), Genetics & Plant Breeding; B.Sc. Agri; Postdoctoral training in Biotechnology UK, USA
Prof. Athula Perera began his academic career at the University of Peradeniya, in 1974 and retired as a Senior Professor in 2013 with more than 200 publications (including books and journals) and presentations.  His last appointment was Director, PGIA, University of Peradeniya, from 2006-2011.
Due to his involvement in Biosafety activities, he was appointed by the Ministry of Environment in 2003 as the National Coordinator of the National Biosafety Framework Project, which was successfully completed in 2006 and won an international award.  He has coordinated several national training programmes related to Biosafety from 2006 up to date.
He was appointed by the UN as a Consultant to assist the Republic of the Maldives to prepare their Biosafety Framework.  He was also appointed a Local Consultant by the FAO to prepare the ongoing Biosafety Project.  At present he is a Consultant in Biosafety to the National Science Foundation
- Person: Prof. Athula Perera | BCH-CON-LK-254129-2
Prof. Athula Perera
23, Araliya Mawatha, Sirimal Uyana, Ratmalana
Ratmalana, Western
, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 (0)77 706 2415,
  • Sri Lankan
Details of current employment
University of Peradeniya (UPDN)
Academic or research institute
Faculty of Agriculture
Academic or research institute
Oversee the activities of the Institute He initiated and developed all the biotechnology activities at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. He established the very first Biotechnology laboratory. Also, he was the first Director of the Agricultural Biotechnology Centre of the university. He initiated Biosafety related activities to the undergraduate curriculum and prepared the only Postgraduate Biosafety course in Sri Lanka. He still carries out this course as the coordinator. Since 2003, he coordinated more than 100 awareness programmes, training programmes and workshops in Biosafety. He was invited to several regional and International training programmes and workshops and was a Sri Lanka delegate to the UN COP-MOP meeting in India. In almost all of these, a major area for discussion and training was matters related to the Clearing House mechanism.
Employment history
University of Peradeniya (UPDN)
Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture
Academic or research institute
Post-secondary education A. Formal education
First Degree
B.Sc. Agriculture
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Second Degree (e.g. M.Sc. in Microbiology)
M.Sc. Genetics & Plant Breeding
Obihiro Chikusan University,Japan
Third Degree (e.g. Ph.D. in Microbiology)
M.Sc. Genetics & Plant Breeding
Obihiro Chikusan University,Japan
B. Other professional qualifications
  • D.Sc. Honoris causa: Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka 2012
  • Rockefeller Foundation USA, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biotechnology 1992 – 1994, UK; USA
Areas of expertise
  • Policy and legal
  • Public awareness, education and participation, including access to information
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics
  • Biosafety systems development and implementation expertise
  • Biosafety
  • National biosafety legal systems
  • Risk assessment & management of LMO/GMO/FFPs
  • Administrative procedures and enforcement
  • Biosafety Clearing-House operations
  • Project management
  • Samarasinghe, W.L.G., Perera, A.L.T., Wickramasinghe, I.P and Rajapakse, S. 2010. Morphological and molecular characterization of Musa germplasm in Sri Lanka and selection of superior genotypes. Acta Hort. (ISHS). 879:571-577
  • Alwis, L.M.H.R., Perera, A.L.T. and Samarasinghe, W.L.G. 2009.  Breeding and selection of new varieties of tomatoes superior for yield and fruit quality characters using molecular and classical breeding techniques. Proc. Australasian Conference. Australia.  (in Press).    *  Won the Best Research Paper award at the conference.                       
  • Rajasinghe, M.H.I.D., Fernandopulle, N.D. and Perera A.L.T.  2009.  Screening for genetically modified soy food available at selected supermarkets in Sri Lanka. Peradeniya University Research Sessions. December, 2009.
  • Member of Experts Committee – Ministry of Environment - as an expert in Biosafety
  • Member of Biosafety Coordinating Committee – Ministry of Environment – coordinating all biosafety activities in the country
  • Member of Research Advisory Board, National Science Foundation – the Apex body that approves matters related to research
Language proficiency
  • Singhalese
Language Level
English excellent
Any other relevant information
Nomination Type
Roster of Experts
Birth Place
Sri Lanka
Other Publications links
List of Publications.docx
Relevant Awards

UN Consultant on Biosafety to the Republic of the Maldives
FAO Consultant on Biosafety
International Award for successfully completing the Framework Project