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Biosafety Expert (EXP)

last updated: 25 Nov 2020
General Information
Profile of the expert
Dr. D.M.J.B. Senanayake is working as the Principal Scientist (biotechnology) of the Department of Agriculture. He possess B.Sc. (Agriculture), M. Sc. and Ph.D. in Plant pathology/ Molecular Biology & Biotechnology and Genetics.  He has twenty six years of research experience in above disciplines. He works as the  Chairman of the National Biotechnology Committee (CARP). He is a Faculty Research Committee Member of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and a Faculty board member of the faculty of Agriculture, Rajarata University, Sri Lanka. He possess around 40 publications on biotechnology, virology and plant breeding aspects. He is a member of the Technical Working Group for national Biosafety committee of the Ministry of Environments, which develops the National Biosafety regulation in the Country. He works as a member of the subcommittee of the Ministry of Health, which develops biosafety and biosecurity policy in the country.  He was selected the Best Scientist of the Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka 2018. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Annual Symposium of the Department of Agriculture and have been working as a reviewer for national and international research journals.
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Person:
Dr. D.M.J.B. Senanayake
Rice Research & Development Institute, Batalagoda
Ibbagamuwa,
, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 (0)71 800 3289, +94 (0)37 225 8561,
Fax: +94 (0)37 225 9881,
Website:
1964
  • Sri Lankan
Details of current employment
Department of Agriculture)
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Government agency (National/Federal)
Rice Research & Development Institute
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1992-01
Government agency (National/Federal)
Designing, planning and carrying out plant biotechnology research in the Department of Agriculture and guiding other researchers and helping to solve technical problems including biosafety aspects. Guiding the Rice Research & Development institute as the Director (Acting) for research & development in the rice sector. His educational qualifications in biotechnology and related subjects , research experiences in the area of plant biotechnology and being a member in national biotechnology related committees would be plus points to be considered as a biosafety roster expert in Sri Lanka.
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Employment history
  • Sri Lanka
Post-secondary education A. Formal education
First Degree
B. Sc. (Agriculture) Hons.
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University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
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1984-01
1990-01
Second Degree (e.g. M.Sc. in Microbiology)
M.Sc. (Plant Pathology/ Molecular Biology & Biotechnology)
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Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India
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2004-01
2007-01
Third Degree (e.g. Ph.D. in Microbiology)
M.Sc. (Plant Pathology/ Molecular Biology & Biotechnology)
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Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India
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2004-01
2007-01
B. Other professional qualifications
  • A short Term Training on GMO & Genetic Engineering – Michigan State University USA - 2008
  • ICGEB- SHESTCO Workshop on “Techniques in Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering of Plants and Bacteria" July 4 – 15, 2016 at SHESTCO, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Theoretical and Practical Course "Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) Technique for Rapid Detection of Phytoplasmas" Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 3 August - 12 August 2015
Areas of expertise
  • Policy and legal
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetic engineering
  • Virology
  • Risk management
  • Plant protection Act, Regulations & Implementation
  • Customs/border control
  • Laboratory services (testing/diagnostics)
  • Plant protection/ quarantine
  • Biosafety legislation and regulation
Publications
  • Senanayake D.M.J.B.,   Katyar A and. Mandal B. 2015. Construction and validation of MIR 159A  based silencing suppressor gene constructs for controlling potato virus Y and potato virus X 106-110 Annals of the Sri Lanka Department of Agriculture. 17:106-110
  • Senanayake D.M.J.B.,   Katyar A and. Mandal B. 2015. Construction and validation of MIR 159A  based silencing suppressor gene constructs for controlling potato virus Y and potato virus X 106-110 Annals of the Sri Lanka Department of Agriculture. 17:106-110
  • Senanayake, D. M. J. B., Mandal. B. 2014. Expression of symptoms, viral coat protein and silencing suppressor gene during mixed infection of a N–Wi strain of potato virus Y and an asymptomatic strain of potato virus X. Virus Disease 25(3):314-321.
Professional memberships
  • Member, Indian Virology Society
  • Works as the Chairperson of National Biotechnology Committee and taking decisions regarding proposal evaluation for funding, project monitoring and policy development for national agriculture biotechnology.
  • A member of the Technical Working Group for national Biosafety committee of the Ministry of Environments, which develops the National Biosafety regulation in the Country.
    I work as a member of the subcommittee of the Ministry of Health, which develops biosafety and biosecurity policy in the country.
  • Focal Point for Technical Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (TCARD) of SAARC for Sri Lanka – Carrying out related activities with SAARC member countries.
Language proficiency
  • Singhalese
Language Level
English good
Any other relevant information
Nomination Type
Roster of Experts
Birth Place
Sri Lanka
Relevant Awards

Best Scientist Award -2018, Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka
CARP Merit Award for Best Research -2019 as a co-author
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