University of Sri Jayewardenepura - Sri Lanka
Early Academic Pursuits
Lanka Jeewanie Samarakoon Undugoda embarked on his academic journey with a Bachelor of Science in Botany, earning First Class Honors from the Faculty of Science, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, in 2010. This laid the foundation for his passion and interest in environmental microbiology and biotechnology.
Following his academic achievements, Lanka pursued a Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology at the Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya, from 2012 to 2016. During this time, he demonstrated exceptional research skills and was recognized as a "Student of Excellence." Subsequently, he ventured into teaching as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kelaniya.
Contributions and Research Focus
Lanka's contributions to the field of environmental microbiology and biotechnology are noteworthy. His Ph.D. thesis, titled "Characterization and biological prospecting of phyllosphere microorganisms capable of aromatic hydrocarbon degradation," reflects his dedication to understanding and harnessing the capabilities of microorganisms in environmental processes.
Accolades and Recognition
Lanka's commitment to excellence in research earned him the prestigious NRC Award for his Ph.D. research, highlighting the significance of his work in the characterization and prospecting of phyllosphere microorganisms. His innovative contributions were further acknowledged with the IIVCE Award for developing a calcium carbide detector to identify artificially ripened bananas.
Impact and Influence
Lanka's influence extends beyond academia, as he assumed the role of Chief Consultant Microbiologist at Biodinami Ceylon, an American company. In this capacity, he leads research projects focused on producing microbial biofertilizers and formulating biocompost fertilizers, showcasing his ability to bridge academic research with practical applications.
Legacy and Future Contributions
As a Senior Lecturer (Grade II) at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Lanka is actively shaping the next generation of researchers and environmental microbiologists. His role in curriculum development, laboratory establishment, and mentorship underscores his commitment to fostering academic growth. With ongoing patent initiatives and collaborative research projects, Lanka's legacy in environmental microbiology and biotechnology continues to unfold, promising a future marked by further advancements and contributions to the field.