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Senior Lecturer
B.Sc. (USJP), Ph.D. (Wayne State University , USA)


B.Sc. – University of Sri Jayewardenepura / Sri Lanka / 2000

Ph.D. – Wayne state university, detroit , MI,USA

Visiting scholar – National university of Singapore/Singapore/2009

Postdoctoral scholar – University of Illinois/Chicago/ USA


Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry

Undergraduate Teaching:
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• CHE 330 1.0 Structure and Function of Biomolecules
• CHE 371 1.0 Biochemistry
• CHE 460 1.0 Industrial Management
• CHE 320 1.0 Food Chemistry
• CHE 466 1.0 Industrial Utilization of Plant Products  chemistry-prof-jayaweera-180x180[1]

Research interest :

nano-particles conjugating to biomolecules in developing sensors to detect small molecules/ natural antioxidants and protein isolation/ traditional medicines.

Selected Publications:
Jayeweera, P. M, Godakumbura, P. I., Pathiratne, K. A. S. “Photocatalytic Oxidation of As(III) to As(V) in Aqueous Solutions; A Low Cost Pre-oxidative Treatment for the Total Removal of Arsenic from Water” Current Science, 2003, 84 (4), 541

Loo Chien Wang, Leslie K Morgan, Pahan Godakumbura, Linda J Kenney*and Ganesh S Anand * The inner membrane histidine kinase EnvZ senses osmolality via helix-coil transitions in the cytoplasm EMBO, 2012, 31, 2648 – 2659

Ryan J. Martinie,a Pahan I. Godakumbura, Elizabeth G. Porter, Anand Divakaran,a Brandon J. Burkhart,a John T. Wertzc and David E. Benson Identifying proteins that can form tyrosine-cysteine crosslinks, Metallomics, 2012, 4, 1037-1042

Godakumbura, P.I., Kariyawasam, T.I., Prashantha, M.A.B., Fernando, N., Premakumara, G.A.S., 2017. In-vitro antibacterial activity of selected Sri Lankan traditional rice (Oryza sativa L.) extracts against bacteria causing skin and soft tissue infections. Journal of Pharmacy Research 11(2), 156-161.

TI Kariyawasam, PI Godakumbura, MAB Prashantha, GAS Premakumara, Tropical Agricultural Research and Extension 2016, 19 (1), 168-172

Awards :

  • Best teaching awards , wsu, 2004-2007

Contact information

Web : http://scholar.sjp.ac.lk/pahan

Email Address : pahanig@gmail.com

Telephone Number : +94 112 758467

Room : 2L014