Dr. Varuni Gunathilake
B.Sc. (USJP), Ph.D. (Colombo)
- B. Sc. (Special) degree in Zoology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
- Ph.D., University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Best oral presentation of the biannual sessions of 42nd proceedings of Allergy and Immunology society of Sri Lanka, 2016
Scholarships / Fellowships:
- HETC scholarship for university academics to read PhD
- OSTP travel grant of National Science Foundation for overseas training in University of Genova, Italy on sponge taxonomy
- Post graduate: Molecular characterization, isolation and chemical characterization of Haliclona (Soestella) sp, a novel Sri Lankan marine sponge species.
- Undergraduate: In vitro anti-inflammatory activity of a few selected Sri Lankan marine sponge species
- Varuni K Gunathilake (2017) Marine bacteria and fungi as sources for bioactive compounds: Present status and future trends, International Journal of Advanced Research ,Vol 5, (10).
- Varuni K Gunathilake, Marco Bertolino, Giorgio Bavestrello & Preethi V Udagama (2017) Immunomodulation by Haliclona (Soestella) sp (Haploclerida: Chalinidae), a Sri Lankan marine sponge species in Wistar rats: Immune cell profiles, in vivo and ex vivo cytokine profiles and phagocytosis, Submitted to the journal of marine Biotechnology, Springer.
- Aedes mosquito survey within the premises of University ofSri Jayewardenepura to determine its population density andseasonal shift in relative abundance.Vidyodaya Journal of Science. 2012; 15.
Abstracts presented at international scientific fora:
- Gunathilake V K, Bertolino M, Bavestrello G, Ratnasooriya W D, de Silva D and Udagama P V (2017). Taxanomic identification, Immuno pharmacological and Toxicological study of Haliclona (Soes tella) sp: A novel marine sponge species from Sri Lanka. 17th world sponge conference Ireland.
- Gunathilake V K, Ratnasooriya W D and Udagama P V (2015). Immunomodulation of some selected cytokines in wistar rats by a crude extract of Haliclona (Soestella)sp: A Sri Lankan marine demosponge. Drug Discovery and Therapy World congress. Boston, USA.
- Gunathilake V K and Udagama P V (2016). Immuno supressive and anti-cancer activity of a novel Sri Lanka marine sponge, Haliclona (Soestella)sp. 12th Euro Biotechnology Congress. Alicante, Spain
Abstracts presented in local scientific fora:
- Gunathilake, VK, Ratnasooriya, WD, Udagama PV(2013). Free radical scavenging effect of a few selected Sri Lankan marine sponges (Demospongiae). Proceeding of the Annual Reseach Symposium, University of Colombo, Pp 191
- Gunathilake, VK, Ratnasooriya, WD, Udagama PV(2013). Immunomodulatory activity of Sri Lanka Demospongiae Marine sponge species (Class Demospongiea): A Pilot Study. Proceedings of the69th Annual sessions of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Pp 89.
- Gunathilake VK, Ratnasooriya WD, De Voogd NJ and Udagama P. (2014). Neopetrosia sp, a marine sponge from Sri Lanka with immunomodulatory activities. Higher Education for the Twnty First Century Symposium. Pp107.
- Gunathilake VK, Ratnasooriya WD, De Voogd NJ and Udagama P. (2014). In vivo and in vitro inflammatoryactivity of Neopetrosia sp, a marine sponge crude extract in a rat model. Proceedings of the 34th Annual sessions of Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka. Pp42
- Gunathilake V K, Ratnasooriya W D and Udagama PV (2015). Modulation of in vitro phagocytic activity, cell proliferation and cytokine production in the Wistar rat model by a Sri Lankan Haliclona(Soestella) sp sponge crude extract. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Sessions of the Institute of Biology,Pp 29
- Gunathilake V K, Ratnasooriya W D and Udagama P V (2015). Anti inflammatory activity of Haliclona (Soestella) sp marine sponge crude extract in murine models: inhibition of pro inflammatory cytokines and leukocyte migration.Proceedings of the Annual Research Symposium , University of Colomb, 2015 Pp 112.
- Gunathilake VK and Udagama P V (2016). Acute inflammatory and cancer chemopreventive activity of Haliclona (Soestella) sp crude extract: A novel Sri Lankan marine sponge species. Allergy & Immunology Society of Sri Lanka, 8th Biennial Scientific Sessions. Pp27. (won second prize for presentations in Basic Immunology)
- Student: Ms Shakila Rathnayake
- Research project: Molecular characterization, isolation and chemical characterization of Haliclona (Soestella) sp , a novel Sri Lankan marine sponge species.
- Degree registered for: M.Phil. (Applied)
Membership in Professional Societies:
Assistant treasurer of Sri Lanka Association for Laboratory Animal Science (SLALAS)
(Last updated on 11th October, 2017)