Prof. F. Noordeen
Professor in Microbiology

 
Email faseehan@pdn.ac.lk or faseeha.noordeen12@gmail.com
TP 94 81 2396530  /  077 2293301
Fax 94 81 2389106
Office Address Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya
 
 
Educational /professional Qualifications
BVSc (SL), MPhil (Peradeniya, SL), Diag Med Virol (London, UK), Ph.D. (Adelaide, Australia)
 
Positions held
Senior Lecturer (Speciality - Medical Virology)
 
Undergraduate teaching
  • Lectures, practicals and SGD on virology for Medical students. Conduct examinations on infection module (Setting and marking the virology questions and supervise undergraduate research projects) - Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Lectures and practicals on virology for AHS students. (Setting and marking the virology questions and supervise undergraduate research projects) - Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Lectures and practicals on virology for veterinary students. (Setting and marking the virology questions) - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Problem based learning activities for Medical and dental students - School of Medicine and Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia
 
Postgraduate teaching
  • Lectures and tutorials on viral infections for MS Part 1 (Surgery) students
  • Lectures, practicals and tutorials for MSc Medical Microbiology students. Module coordinator and lecturer for virology and molecularbiolgy I and molecularbiolgy II for MSc Medical Microbiology, Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS), University of Peradeniya.
 
Examiner for M.Sc/M.Phil/Ph.D degrees
  • M.Sc in Medical Microbiology (Thesis and Oral) for PGIS, University of Peradeniya
  • M.Sc in Molecuarbiology (Thesis and Oral) for PGIS, University of Peradeniya
  • M.Sc in Microbiology and Immunology (Thesis) for University of Adelaide, Australia
  • M.Phil/Ph.D in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (Thesis and Oral), University of Peradeniya
  • PG Diploma in Medical Microbiology (Theory and OSPE), PGIM, University of Colombo
  • MD in Medical Microbiology (Portfolio), PGIM, University of Colombo.
 
Books published for undergraduate and postgraduate learning
  • A concise text book on Medical Virology Faseeha Noordeen. First Edition in 2014. 96 Pages. ISBN 978-955-41627-0-9.
  • Tips for improving the performance in multiple choice questions (MCQ) based examinations. Faseeha Noordeen. 2014. 38 Pages. ISBN 978-955-41627-1-6
 
Research interests
  • Molecular, virological and immune dynamics of dengue virus infection in Sri Lanka.
  • Serological dynamics in HBV post-vaccination in different sets of healthcare workers in Sri Lanka.
  • Evaluation of rapid viral diagnostic assays (immune-chromatography based assays) using standard assays as comparators.
  • Impact of viral pathogens in respiratory diseases of children in Sri Lanka.
  • Impact of viral pathogens in diarrhoeal diseases of children in Sri Lanka.
 
Recent peer reviewed publications  
  1. Faseeha Noordeen, Catherine A Scougall, Arend Grosse, Qiao Qiao, Behzad B Ajilian, Georget Reaiche-Miller, John Finnie, Melanie Werner, Ruth Broering, Joerg F Schlaak, Andrew Vaillant, Allison R Jilbert. Therapeutic antiviral effect of the nucleic acid polymer REP 2055 against persistent duck hepatitis B virus infection. PLOS ONE. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0140909, 2015, 1-28.
  2. Faseeha Noordeen*. Hepatitis B virus infection: An insight into infection outcomes and recent treatment options. Virus Disease. 2015; 1-8.
  3. F Noordeen*, FNN Pitchai1, RA Rafeek. A review of hepatitis B virus infection in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2015; 5(2), 42-50.
  4. S Wijetunge, R Kotakadeniya, F Noordeen, S M Buharideen, B Samarasinghe, A Dharmapala, K B Galketiya. Prevalence of Helicobacter pylori in benign gastric ulcers in a cohort of Sri Lankan patients. Ceylon Medical Journal. 2015; 60, 152-154
  5. DGD Jayasuriya, F Noordeen*, FNN Pitchai. Genotyping of hepatitis B virus identified in patients tested prior to endoscopy from a Teaching Hospital in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Ceylon Medical Journal. 2015; 2, 62-64.
  6. WRSK Ekiriyagala, F Noordeen*, FNN Pitchai, AMSB Abeykoon, CS Ariyaratne. Abundance and dengue virus dynamics of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in selected urban areas of Kegalle and Peradeniya. Sri Lanka Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2015; 5(1), 19-21.
  7. AK Baddevithana, F Noordeen*, CM Mendis, AMSB Abeykoon. Immune response to hepatitis B vaccine in a group of vaccinees in the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences of the University of Peradeniya. Sri Lanka Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2015; 5(1), 7-12.
  8. SM Buharideen, S Wijetunga, R Kotakadeniya, KB Galgetiya, B Samarasinghe, A Dharamapala and F Noordeen. A low cost rapid urease test to detect Helicobacter pylori infection in resource limited settings. Ceylon Medical Journal. 2015; 1, 21-23.
  9. A Muthulingam, F Noordeen* and AJ Morel. Viral etiology in hospitalised children with acute respiratory tract infection in the Kegalle area of Sri Lanka. Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. 2014; 9, 167-170.
  10. T Senaratne, F Noordeen*, N Dissanayake and KGRA Kumara. Comparison of a rapid immunochromatography assay with an enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for anti-dengue virus IgM detection. Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2014; 4 (2), 77-82.
  11. PDNN Sirisena, F Noordeen* and L Fernando. A preliminary study on clinical profiles of dengue and dengue haemorrhagic fever suspected patients from two hospitals in the Western Province of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2014; 4 (2), 99-107.
  12. K Murugananthan, M Kandasamy, N Rajeshkannan and F Noordeen*. Demographic and clinical features of suspected dengue and dengue haemorrhagic fever in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, a region afflicted with an internal conflict for more than 30 years – a retrospective analysis. International Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2014; 27, e32-e36.
  13. Thamarasi N Senaratne and Faseeha Noordeen*. Diagnosis of dengue in Sri Lanka: improvements to the existing state of the art in the island. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2014; 108, 685-691.
  14. UM Sirisena, WMDR Iddawela, F Noordeen and S Wickramasinghe. Prevalence and Identification of Cryptosporidium species in paediatric patients with diarrhoea. Ceylon Medical Journal. 2014; 59, 75-78.
  15. PDNN Sirisena and F Noordeen*. Evolution of dengue in Sri Lanka – changes in the vector, virus and climate. International Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2014; 19, 6-12.
  16. F Noordeen*, H Pandithasundara, SK Senavirathna, SB Abeykoon, MAM Faizal, AJ Morel and RM Mudiyanse. Suspicion vs. Reality – Influenza A and B associated acute respiratory tract infection in a group of children in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2014; 4(1), 48-50.
  17. F Noordeen*, R Dissanayake, IKB Weerasekara, PVR Kumarasiri and MH Wijedasa. Risk factors for acquiring varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection and sero-prevalence of anti-VZV immunoglobulin G antibodies in adolescents from a tropical population. Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2014; 4(1), 30-37.
  18. Faseeha Noordeen, Andrew Vaillant* and Allison R. Jilbert*. Nucleic acid polymers inhibit duck hepatitis B virus infection in vitro. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 2013; 57 (11), 5291. DOI: 10.1128/AAC.01003-13.
  19. Faseeha Noordeen, Andrew Vaillant* and Allison R. Jilbert*. Nucleic acid polymers inhibit duck hepatitis B virus infection in vivo. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 2013; 57 (11), 5299. DOI: 10.1128/AAC.01005-13.
  20. Chathuranga LS, Noordeen F*, Abeykoon AM. Immune response to hepatitis B vaccine in a group of health care workers in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2013; 17, e1078-e1079. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2013.04.009.
  21. EWS Chameera, F Noordeen1*, H Pandithasundara, AMSB Abeykoon. Diagnostic efficacy of rapid assays used for the detection of hepatitis B virus surface antigen. Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2013; 3(2), 21-27.
  22. RA Abeysekara, SAM Kularatne, F Noordeen, NVI Ratnatunge and JMRP Bandara. Fatal pulmonary haemorrhage following adenovirus infection. Ceylon Medical Journal. 2013; 58, 84-86.
 
Research in the scientific and general media
 
Scholarships / Medals / Awards
  • Presidential Research Award for three Indexed Scientific Journal (SCI) Publications in 2013 (Impact >10) - Awarded by the President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mr. Maithripala Sirisena.
  • National Research Council (NRC) Merit Research Award for an Indexed Recognised Scientific Journal (SCI) Publication in 2012 - Awarded by the Chairman, NRC, Sri Lanka.
  • Young Investigator Award for the abstract presented under Young Investigator Category 2009 - Awarded at the International Meeting of the Molecular Biology of Hepatitis B Viruses, Tours, France, September 2009.
  • Research Medal for the best paper presented under Ph.D. Student Category 2008 - Awarded at the 2008 Annual meeting of the Australian Centre for Hepatitis Virology (ACHV), Barossa Valley, South Australia by Integrated Sciences, Australia.
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship 2005 - Awarded by the University of Adelaide, South Australia – Ranked first in the scholarship list based on overall academic merit by the International Postgraduate Scholarship (IPRS) Commission, Australia in 2005.
  • Diagnostic Medical Virology Training Fellowship 2003 at London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine - Awarded by the Association of the Commonwealth Universities, United Kingdom.
  • Presidential Research Award for an Indexed Recognised Scientific Journal (SCI) Publication in 2002 - Awarded by the President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mr Mahinda Rajapakse.
  • Presidential Research Award for an Indexed Recognised Scientific Journal (SCI) Publication in 2001 - Awarded by the President of Sri Lanka, Her Excellency Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunga.
  • Presidential Research Award for an Indexed Recognised Scientific Journal (SCI) Publication in 2000 - Awarded by the President of Sri Lanka, Her Excellency Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunga.
  • Award for the best paper presented under Masters Research Student Category at PURSE 2000 - Awarded by the University of Peradeniya in 2000 for the best oral presentation.
 
Professional affiliations and Memberships
  • Member of Sri Lankan Society for Microbiology (SSM)
  • Member of Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists (SLCM)
  • Member of Board of Study in Microbiology, PGIM, University of Colombo
  • Member in the Resource pool in Medical Microbiology, PGIS, University of Peradeniya
  • Member of Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • Member of Australian Virology Group (AVG)
  • Member of Australian Centre for Hepatitis Virology (ACHV)
  • Member of Australian Centre for Hepatitis and HIV Virology (ACH2)
  • Member of Sri Lanka Veterinary Association (SLVA)
  • Member of Sri Lanka Veterinary Council (SLVC)
  • Member of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement in Science (SLAAS)
  • Member of Kandy Society of Medicine (KSM)
  • Member of Peradeniya Medical School ALUMNI (PemSAA)
  • ALUMNI of University of Adelaide, Australia
  • ALUMNI of Association of Commonwealth Universities, UK
  • ALUMNI of London School of Tropical Hygiene & Medicine, University of London, UK
  • ALUMNI of University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
 
Faculty/University development
  • Member of the Senate Faculty nominee for the Senate Research Committee Secretary / Faculty Research Committee
  • Member of Higher Degrees Committee
  • Member of Dean’s Advisory Committee
  • Member of Curriculum Coordinating Committee
  • Member of Curriculum Development Committee
  • Member of Time Table Committee
  • Member of ‘Z’ Student Evaluation Committee
Editor and reviewer for scientific journals/Funding agents/Higher degrees 
  • Editor for VirusDisease (Medical Virology Section)
  • Reviewer for Paediatric Infectious Diseases Journal (IJID)
  • Reviewer for Journal of Clinical Virology Reviewer for Expert
  • Reviews in Respiratory Medicine Reviewer for Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases (SLJID)
  • Reviewer for Ceylon Medical Journal (CMJ) Reviewer for Peradeniya University Research Sessions (iPURSE)
  • Reviewer for Kandy Society of Medicine Annual Scientific Sessions
  • Reviewer for Sri Lankan Society for Microbiology Annual Scientific Sessions
 
Reviewer for Funding agents / Higher degrees
  • Reviewer for National Science Foundation Research Grants (Virus infections)
  • Reviewer for National Research Council Research Grants (Virus infections)
  • Reviewer for Research proposals for Higher Degrees – Faculty of Medicine, UOP
  • Reviewer for Research proposals for Ethics – Faculty of Dental Sciences, UOP
 
 
Other interests
  • Student social welfare and harmony
  • Learning non-violent communication skills
  • Cooking and chatting with friends
  • Reading fiction and non-fiction
   
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