FULL NAME  

Dehiwala Liyanage Champa Kumari Fonseka

 

PERSONAL

 

 

NATIONALITY

Sri Lankan

 

LANGUAGE ABILITY

English excellent

Sinhala mother tongue excellent

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

MERITORIOUS AWARDS

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  • Professor Y.D.A. Senanayake Gold Medal for the best overall undergraduate performance in the subject of Crop Science, 1996, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

  • Swedish Education Development Academy (SEDA) Merit award for the teaching portfolio prepared during Certificate course in Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE) conducted by University of Colombo, 2002, Sri Lanka

HIGHER EDUCATION   

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  • M Sc in Plant Cell & Tissue Culture, Merit Pass, October 2005, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Thesis Title: Mass Propagation and Conservation of Endangered Endemic Orchids

  • M.Sc. in Floriculture, Cumulative GPA 3.97/4.00, June 2000, Post-Graduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Thesis Title: Primary Investigation on preservation methods to produce dried flowers

  • B.Sc. (Agriculture) Second Class Upper Division Honors, (1996), University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka. Field of specialization: Crop Science. Dissertation Title: Increased Tea yield by foliar application of micronutrients

  • Certificate course in Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE), 2002 conducted by University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE     

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  • 2000 August onward Lecturer, Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna Conducting lectures and laboratory classes for undergraduates. Supervision of undergraduate research projects. Research on conservation of local endangered plants and floriculture. Planning / coordination / conducting workshops and seminar for farmers and general public. Student counseling

  • February 2000 to July 2000, Research Assistant, Department of Crop Science, University of Ruhuna - Faculty of Agriculture, Mapalana, KamburupitiyaCarried out laboratory and field trials on propagation of Endangered Medicinal Plants on a three year University research project funded by IUCN. Co-authored two research papers

  • September 1999 to February 2000, Post Graduate student at Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

  • July 1999 to September 1999, Graduate Trainee Placement as a Developmental Officer, Sri Lanka Agrarian Services Department, Divisional Office, Panadura, Sri Lanka. Planned and monitored training and extension work in the division

  • June 1997 to June 1998, Assistant Lecturer, Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna. Conducted lectures and laboratory classes for undergraduates in Crop Science core and specialization subjects. Carried out a research study on Plant Ecology (giving special reference to plant animal interactions). Co-authored a department research paper

  • December 1996 to May 1997, Research Assistant - Biological Nitrogen Fixation Project (A Belgium-Sri Lanka collaborative research project funded by the Belgium Government, Project leader - Ir.Van Holm) Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka. Carried out field experiments and laboratory analysis to measure the effect of chelated micronutrient on tea yield. Co-authored a research paper

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP    

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  • Life member. Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS)

  • Member, Crop Science Society, University of Ruhuna

RESEARCH   ENGAGEMENT

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  • Mass Production and Conservation of Endangered Orchids Species  (Dendrobium maccarthiae, Rhynchostylis retusa, Ipsea speciosa, Vanda spathulata) in Sri Lanka through in vitro techniques

  • Mass propagation of Red sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinus) through in vitro vegetative techniques

  • In vitro clonal propagation of Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera) and Perunkayan (Ferula fertida)

  • Variety improvement of Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) through Molecular techniques (PhD research work)

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