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Biosafety Expert (EXP)

last updated: 30 Nov 2020
General Information
Profile of the expert
Prof. Menaka Hapugoda is a Professor in Molecular Medicine and Medical Entomology, Molecular Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya holding a Ph.D degree in Medical Parasitology and a B.Sc special degree in Zoology. She was a Post Doctoral Fellow at International Centre for Genetic and Biotechnology and working on recombinant gene products for 2 years. She is the Principal Investigator in number of research projects worth SRLRs. 63 millions and EURO 627,011 and country coordinator in South-East Asian regional(RAS5/082) and inter-regional(INT5/155) IAEA/FAO networks on modified vectors. She has functioned as an international Expert for “Pakistan 5049 FAO/IAEA Workshop on “Dengue”. Also, she has functioned as an international consultant for two projects funded by the IAEA. Further, she was a Consultant in Malaria Elimination Programme in Sri Lanka funded by the GLOBAL FUND for 5 years and was the Rapporteur drafting, “National Biotechnology act-Medicine Section” in 2012
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1971
  • Sri Lankan
Details of current employment
University of Kelaniya)
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Academic or research institute
Molecular medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine
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2018-01
Academic or research institute
Involved in teaching, research, services and providing expertise for international and national networks/programmes. Teaching to under graduate and postgraduate students in Molecular Medicine, Medical and molecular Entomology, Genetic Engineering for 13 years as a senior academic staff member. Conducting research over 20 years and supervised over 15 Post graduate students working in the field of Molecular Medicine, Medical and molecular Entomology and Genetic Engineering. Information on research projects received in these areas are given below. Genetic engineering 1. Principal Investigator, national technical co-operation project titled “Application of Molecular Diagnostics in Zoonotic Diseases in Sri Lanka” funded by the International Atomic Energy Agency (TC-SRL TC-SRL/5/042), 2009-2012. 2. Principal Investigator, research project titled “Performance of recombinant proteins as diagnostic intermediates of Chikungunya, Dengue and Leptospirosis” funded by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (Grant number CRP/SRI 08-2) and National Science Foundation (NSF) (RG/2009/BT/01), 2008-2011. Modified vectors (Sterile male mosquitoes using ionizing radiations, transgenic mosquitoes and Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes) 1. Principal Investigator, National technical cooperation project titled “Establishing a national centre for Research, Training and Services in Medical and Molecular Entomology for vector-borne diseases control” by the International Atomic Energy Agency (TC SRL 5/47), 2016-2020. 2. Principal Investigator, Coordinated Research Project (CRP) titled “Establishment of mechanical, behavioral, genetic and molecular methods of sex separation in dengue vector mosquitoes, Aedes albopictus and Ae. aegypti by the International Atomic Energy Agency (CRP D44001), 2017-2018. 3. Principal Investigator, Target oriented comprehensive research project on an operational model to control dengue in Sri Lanka using multiple vector control intervention, new product development and community engagement” by the National Research Council (NRC) (TO 12-14), 2015-2019 (SRL Rs. 50 millions) 4. Co-Investigator, High-tech transgenic approaches to control dengue by genetic engineering mosquito vector Aedes aegypti” funded by the Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development Operation (AHEAD) under Development Oriented Research Grant (DOR) STEM to the University of Colombo, 2019-2021 (SRL Rs. 40 millions)
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Employment history
  • India
  • Austria
University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka)
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Molecular Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine
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2006-01
2018-01
Academic or research institute
Involved in teaching, research (in molecular medicine and medical entomology), services and involved in national vector control programmes. Further,she serve as a member and country coordinator in number of international networks on modified mosquitoes to control dengue.
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Post-secondary education A. Formal education
First Degree
B.Sc. special Degree in Zoology
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University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
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1994-01
1998-01
Second Degree (e.g. M.Sc. in Microbiology)
Ph.D. in Medical Parasitology
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Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
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2000-01
2004-01
B. Other professional qualifications
  • Postdoctoral fellowship by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (United Nations) to conduct research in the field of mammalian biology: recombinant gene products at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi component for two years (1st of July-2004-29th of June, 2006)
  • Fellowship by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Japan International Co-operation Agency to train in the field of Nuclear Medicine and medical virology at the Dep. of Virology, WHO Collaborative Centre for Viral Reference and Research, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan for three months (15th of May, 2002-14th of August, 2002)
  • Fellowship by the by the International Atomic Energy Agency to train in the field of Nuclear and molecular Medicine at the IAEA head office, for 3 months in 2006. (18th of September, 2006-15th December, 2006)
Areas of expertise
  • Biotechnology research and development
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Risk management
  • Biotechnology
  • Entomology
  • Genetic engineering
  • Molecular biology
Publications
  • Hapugoda, M., Batra, G., Abeyewickreme, W., Swaminathan, S. and Khanna, N. (2007). Single Antigen Detects both Immunoglobulin M (IgM) and IgG Antibodies Elicited by All Four Dengue Virus Serotypes. Journal of Clinical and Vaccine Immunology 14 (11):  1505-1514. doi:  10.1128/CVI.00145-07
  • Harishchandra, J., Hapugoda, M. D., Premaratne, R.G., Gilles, J.R.L. and Abeyewickreme, W. (2017). Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) for control of Aedes albopictus (Skuse); mating competitiveness of sterile males in large semi field cages. Journal of Current Research Activities on Dengue 2: 20-23
  • Ramyasoma, H.P.B.K.D., Dassanayake, R.S., Gunawardene, Y.I.N.S., Hapugoda, M. and Abeyewickreme, W. (2017).  Engineering a transgenic mosquito expressing blood meal induced siRNA to block dengue virus transmission in Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus). Journal of Current Research Activities on Dengue 2: 24-28
Professional memberships
  • Life member, Kelaniya University Faculty of Medicine Teacher’s Association (KUFMTA), since 2006 upto date
  • Life member, Section A-Medical section, Sri Lanka Association of the Advancement of Science (SLAAS)
  • Member in the South-East Asian regional network/committee networking IAEA/FAO member states working on Managing and controlling Aedes vector populations using the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) (RAS 6/066), 2016. There were 14 countries in the network. Participated regular meetings to share Sri Lankan experience on SIT. Served as the national coordinator for this network/committee
  • Member in the South-East Asian regional network/committee among IAEA/FAO member states working on Managing and Controlling Aedes Vector Populations using the Sterile Insect Technique (RAS 5/082) since February, 2017 upto date. There are 16 countries in the network. Participating regular meetings to share Sri Lankan experience on SIT. Serving as the national coordinator for this network/committee
  • Member in the inter-regional network/committee among IAEA/FAO member states in North and South America, Europe, South-East Asian, Western Pacific and African regions working on Sharing Knowledge on the Sterile Insect and Related Techniques for the Integrated Area-Wide Management of Insect Pests and Human Disease Vectors (INT 5/155). There are 20 countries in the network. Participating regular meetings to share Sri Lankan experience on SIT and other related mosquito control activities. Serving as the national coordinator for this network/committee
Language proficiency
  • Singhalese
Language Level
English excellent
Any other relevant information
Radiation  protection Officer and radioisotope license holder, Molecular Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya.
Involved in dissemination of knowledge in molecular-biological techniques for disease diagnosis, recombinant gene products and modified mosquitoes through workshops/symposiums at international and national levels as the Organizer/Coordinator and resource persons
1.Organizer and resource person for the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
   (ICGEB) sponsored International workshop on Molecular Biology Techniques Related to
   Infectious/Genetic Diseases and Human Identification conducted at the Molecular Medicine Unit for 10
   days (6-17th of July, 2016).
2.Coordinator and a resource Person for the First International Workshop on Advanced mosquito
   Entomology, conducted by the Molecular Medicine Unit for 7 days (May, 2016).
3.Coordinator and a resource Person for the Second International Workshop on Advanced mosquito
   Entomology, conducted at the Molecular Medicine Unit for 7 days (November, 2017).
4.Coordinator and a resource Person for the Third International Workshop on Advanced mosquito
   Entomology, conducted by the Molecular Medicine Unit for 7 days (August, 2019).
5.Organizer, National Symposium on "Current Research Activities on dengue” on 13th of November, 2015
   organized by Molecular Medicine Unit.
6.Coordinator, National Symposium on “Current Research Activities on Dengue” at the Faculty of
   Medicine, University of Kelaniya on 19th of December, 2017 organized by the Faculty of Medicine Unit.
7.Coordinator, National Workshop on Application of the Micromanipulator to manipulate mosquito vectors”
   at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya on 16-17th of August, 2016, organized by the
   Molecular Medicine Unit.
Principal Supervisor for a study titled “Different isolates of bacterium and agents for controlling Aedes aegypti in Sri Lanka” for a School Science Project Competition (SSPC), 2017 organized by the National Science Foundation. Name of the student was Rumal Induwara from Ananda National College, Chillaw. The student has been awarded first place in Sri Lanka, and third place in International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), Pennsylvania, U.SA.-Microbiology Section, 13-18thof May, 2018.


Nomination Type
Roster of Experts
Birth Place
Sri Lanka
Other Publications

Hapuarachchi, H.A., Bandara, K.B.A.T., Sumanadasa, S.D.M., Hapugoda, M.D., Lai, Y.L., Lee, K.S., Tan, L.K., Lin, R.T.P, Ng, L.F.P., Bucht, G.,  Abeyewickreme, W. and Ng, L.C. (2009). Re-emergence of Chikungunya virus in South-East Asia: virological evidence from Sri Lanka and Singapore. Journal of General Virology 91: 1067-1076. doi: 10.1099/vir.0.015743-0
Udayanga, N.W.B.A.L, Ranathunge, R.M.T.B, Iqbal M.C.M., Abeyewickreme, W. and Hapugoda, M., (2018). Predatory Efficacy of Mesocyclop and Cyclops Copepods on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus larvae under laboratory settings. PLOS ONE 14(5): e0216140. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0216140
Withanage, G.P., Viswakula, S.D., Gunawardena, N.S. and Hapugoda, M.D. (2018). A forecasting model for dengue incidences in the District of Gampaha, Sri Lanka. Journal of Parasites and Vectors 11(1): 262. doi: 10.1186/s13071-018-2828-2
Other Publications links
NameUrl
List of Publications.docxhttps://bch.cbd.int/database/attachment/?id=20702
Relevant Awards

Postdoctoral fellowship award by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (United Nations) to conduct research in the field of mammalian biology: recombinant gene products at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi component for two years (1st of July-2004-29th of June, 2006)
Presidential award for scientific publications in highly rated scientific research, 2010, on 31st of October, 2014
Presidential award for scientific publications in highly rated scientific research, 2013, on 18th of November, 2015
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