Department of Botany also offers students an opportunity to embark upon MPhil and PhD research. These programmes are supervised by high-calibre academic staff in the department offering degrees in disciplines of plant and microbial sciences, biotechnology, and molecular biology. These MPhil and PhD research programmes are full-time.

The Department of Botany has following research groups conducting and supervising  a number of postgraduate research projects.

  • Plant Virology & Endophytic Fungi : Emeritus Professor N. Salim
  • Phytopathogenic Microorganisms & Biological Control : Emeritus Professor N. Deshappriya.
  • Plant Tissue Culture & Biotechnology: Snr. Prof. T.P.S.K. Senarath
  • Crop Biotechnology: Prof. P. N. Dasanayake
  • Palynology & Plant Breeding: Dr. M. L. A. M. S. Munasinghe
  • Mycology & Phytopathogenic Fungi: Dr. D. S. Manamgoda
  • Molecular Physiology: Dr. R. Wimalasekera
  • Plant Systematics & Floristic Studies: Dr. I. U. Kariyawasam

Funding of the programmes is usually through research grants to the supervisor/s by various funding agencies nationally and internationally. Very often, funding provides a monthly stipend for the student who would be conducting research on a full-time basis. The ongoing postgraduate research work under the Department of Botany carried out in a broad spectrum disciplines as follows.

Student MPhil/PhD Project Supervisor/s
P. K. Lawrence PhD Study on cytotoxicity, micropropagation, piscicidal properties and phytochemical profiling of fruits and leaves of Catunaregam spinosa (Thunb.) Snr. Prof. W. T. P. S. K Senarath
L.A.N. de Silva PhD Study of the effect of Sodium Valproate on human membrane lipids and reproduction of Caenorhabditis elegans Dr. D.H.H. Munasinghe
W.G.B.P. Dharmasena PhD Identification of the optimum cultivation conditions for some selected Sri Lankan wild edible mushrooms Dr. D.H.H. Munasinghe
R. S. K. Himashi S. Ferdinandez PhD Morphological and molecular characterization and comparative genomics of hyphomycetous phytopathogenic fungi associated with commercially important Poaceous crops and their wild relatives in Sri Lanka Dr. Dimuthu S Manamgoda 

Nelum Deshappriya (Professor Emeritus)

Dr. Dhanushka Udayanga

Champika Holiya Bandara PhD Molecular Species Delimitation, Phytogeography and Pollination Ecology of Oberonia Lindl. and Bulbophyllum Thouars (Orchidaceae) Species in Sri Lanka”. Dr. Isuru Kariyawasam 

Dr. Nayana Wijayathileke (Dept. of Zoology, USJP) collaboration with Singapore Botanic Gardens

D. Vihara Sugandika Kaluthanthri PhD Molecular and Morphological Assessment of Genetic Diversity and Drought 

Stress Related Transcriptome Screening of ex-situ Conserved Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench)

Prof. P.N.Dasanayaka 

Prof.S.A.C.N.Perera (University of Peradeniya, Faculty of Agriculture)

G.D.A. Madushani MPhil Molecular systematics and diversity of lignicolous ascomycetes inhabiting decaying woody litter from selected habitats of Kelani River. Dr. Dimuthu S. Manamgoda
P.U. Navoda Erandathi Srimali MPhil Rhizospheric fungal species associated with selected capsicum varieties of Sri Lanka and evaluation of their effect on growth enhancement and management of common soil-borne fungal diseases of capsicum. N. Deshappriya (Professor Emeritus) 

Dr.M.L.A.M.S. Munasinghe

Dr.D.S. Manamgoda

Snr.Prof. R.N. Aththanayake

U. Kavindu Gihan Abeyrathne MPhil Analysis of airborne pollen from pollen trap located in Southern Colombo, Sri Lanka. Dr. M.L.A.M.S Munasinghe
Anthonydura Iresha Lankani Silva MPhil Water and salt stress tolerance of different varieties of Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.): A climate resilience future crop for Sri Lanka. Dr. Rinukshi Wimalasekara