I am a HDR student in Robert Henrys' lab working on Genomics of Sorghum. Currently, we are working on phylogenetic relationships of the genus Sorghum using whole genome sequencing,Domestication of sorghum, and cyanogenesis of sorghum. I am interested in the fields of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Plant Genetics and Plant Biochemistry.


  • 1. Kannangara S.K., Karunarathne, S.I., Ranaweera, L.T., Ananda G.K.S., Ranathunga A.P.D.T., Jayarathne H.S.M., Weebadde, C.K. and Sooriyapathirana, S.D.S.S. (2020) Assessment of the applicability of wood anatomy and DNA barcoding to detect the timber adulterations in Sri Lanka. Scientific Reports (Accepted)
  • 2. Ananda K., Daundasekera K., Kannangara S., Karunaratne S., Ranatunga D., Ranaweera T., Salpadoru T., Thilakaratne N. (2017) Glossary in Sinhala Language (a state language in Sri Lanka) Molecular Biology and Biotechnology - Volume 3. Sooriyapathirana S., Rajapakse S. (Eds.) ISBN 978-955-41753-5-8. (All authors have equally contributed in writing the Book. Their names are indicated in alphabetical order)
  • 3. Ananda G.K.S., Wijesundara W.W.M.U.K., Udawela U.A.K.S. and Sooriyapathirana S.D.S.S. (2018) Identification of a robust protocol for isolating PCR amenable DNA from caryopses to employ DNA fingerprinting to claim the plant breeders’ rights and varietal ownership of the exporting rice bulks. Ceylon Journal of Science. 47(4): 311–317. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjs.v47i4.7548
  • 4. Udawela U.A.K.S., Ananda G.K.S., Karunarathne S.I., Sooriyapathirana S.D.S.S, Li F. and Liu Z. (2017) Development of heat tolerant introgression lines and preliminary QTL analysis at flowering stage in Oryza sativa. Journal of the National Science Foundation in Sri Lanka 46(3): 253–270. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jnsfsr.v46i3.8478
  • 5. Aluwihare Y.C., Chamikara M.D.M., Dissanayake D.R.R.P., Karunarathne S.I., Ananda G.K.S., Kannangara S.K., Madhukalpani O.V.S., Sirisena D.N., Samarasinghe W.L.G., and Sooriyapathirana, S.D.S.S. (2018) Identification of Pup1 QTL linked DNA marker haplotypes for molecular breeding of phosphorous deficiency tolerant rice varieties. Journal of National Science Foundation Sri Lanka 46 (4): 497–506. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/jnsfsr.v46i4.8480
  • 6. Karunarathne S.I., Ranaweera L.T., Daundasekera D.M.K.C., Ananda G.K.S., Kannangara S.K., Ranathunga A.P.D.T., Madhukalpani O.V.S, Weebadde C.K. and Sooriyapathirana S.D.S.S. (2017)Assessment of the applicability of morphometric, organoleptic and phylogenetic analyses to differentiate soft and firm flesh bearing trees of Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam.) in Sri Lanka. Journal of Agricultural Sciences- Sri Lanka. 13(3): 200–218. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jas.v13i3.8394
  • 7. Wijesundara, W.W.M.U.K., Ananda, G.K.S., Ranaweera, L.T., Udawela U.A.K.S., Weebadde C.K., and Sooriyapathirana S.D.S.S. (2018). Intellectual property rights (IPRs) for plant breeders: a review on theoretical framework and employment of DNA-based varietal authentication for claiming IPR. Sri Lanka Journal of Food and Agriculture 4(2): 53-70.
  • 8. Ranathunga, A.P.D.T., Ranasinghe, R.D.G.A., Jayarathne, H.S.M., Thilakarathne, S.M.N.K., Karunarathne, S.I., Ranaweera, L.T., Ananda, G.K.S., Kannangara, S.K., Meepegamage, S.W. and Sooriyapathirana, S.D.S.S., 2019. X-ray Fluorescence Analysis and Consumer Preference Assessment Unveils that Sweet Potato Shoot-Tops are a Safer Alternative to Water Spinach, a Leafy Vegetable Prone to Bioaccumulation of Heavy Metals. Journal of Agricultural Sciences – Sri Lanka, 14(3): 181–200.
  • 9. Ananda G.K.S.#, Wijesundara W.W.M.U.K.#, Herath H.M.V.P.K., Karunrathne S.I., Kannangara S.K., Ranaweera L.T., Abeysundara S.P., Udawela U.A.K.S., Weebadde, C.K. and Sooriyapathirana, S.D.S.S. Polymorphic bands of six microsatellite markers or sequences of the loci HvSSR12-34, Seq7-8 and RM472 distinguish the exportable rice cultivars from a panel of mega-varieties in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Journal of Agriculture and Ecosystems(in review) (#These authors have contributed equally)
  • 10.Ranaweera L.T., Jayarathne H.S.M., Gayathree T.H.I., Karunarathne, S.I., Kannangara, S.K., Ananda, G.K.S., Ranasinghe, R.D.G.A, Weebadde, C.K., Sooriyapathirana, S.D.S.S. (2019). Discrimination of the species and toxic heavy metal contents of Alternanthera Sessilis (Sessile Joyweed), A. Philoxeroides (Alligator Weed) and other related Alternanthera species. Sri Lankan Journal of Agriculture and Ecosystems 1(2): 51-66

ORCID: ORCID- 0000-0002-3917-5786, ht
Google Scholar ID: Galaihalage Kalpani Sachinthika Ananda
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