Department of Parasitology

Faculty of Medicine

Research and Publications

Dr. W.M.D.R. Iddawala
Research Interest
  • Zoonotic parasitological diseases and development of diagnostic tests for zoonotic parasitosis in Sri Lanka.
Oral and poster presentation with abstracts 2010
Jameel A.B.S.H. IddawelaW.M.D.R, and Rajapakse, R.P.V.J (2010) Cryptosporidium infection in buffaloes and cattle with special reference to factors contributing to infection. Proceedings of Peradeniya,University Research Sessions, 15 (1) pp184 -186.
Abeykoon, N.H, Rajapakse, R.P.V.J, Bandara, D.R.L.N, Wijesundera, N.L.S, Perera, N.A.N.D, Wijesundera M de S and Iddawela W.M.D.R. (2010) Preliminary studies on development of PCR based technique for the detection of Trichomonas vaginalis.Proceedings of Peradeniya,University Research Sessions 15 (1) pp 175-177.
Iddawela, W.M.D.R.,Madagedara, D., Nakandala,D., Karunarathna, D, Mallawarachchi, M.A.T.U., Bandara, D.R.L.N and Ranaweera, R.L.A.R. (2010) Parasitic aetiology of blood hypereosiniphilia among asthma patients. Proceedings of Peradeniya,University Research Sessions 15 (1) pp 86 -88.
Atapattu, D.N., Iddawela, W.M.D.R., Adikari, S.B., Rajapakse, R.P.V.J., Karunarathna, D., Wijewardena, C.S., Dassanayake, C.S., Mallawarachchi, M.A.T.U., Wijesundara, N.L.S and Bandara, D.R.L.N (2010) Cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka: the clinical profile. Proceedings of Peradeniya,University Research Sessions 15 (1) pp .
Oral and poster presentations(with abstracts)2011
Iddawela, W.M.D.R, Ratnayake, R.M.C.J, Jayawardana, G.J.K.A.ADissanayake, D.M.H.N. Wijesundera, N.L.S, Bandara, D.R.L.N and Perera, S.N. (2011) Seroprevalence of toxoplasmosis and diagnosis of acute Toxoplasma infection among pregnant women.Proceedings of Peradeniya,University Research Sessions 16 pp74.
Dr. Rumala Morel
Research Interest 
Opportunisitc infections in immunocompromised hosts, including infections due to Strongyloides stercoralisPneumocystis jiroveciand protozoa.
Oral and Poster Presentation( with abstract) 2010
Peradeniya Medical Fresher’s Views on university life and ragging. Proceedings of the Peradeniya University Research Sessions, Sri Lanka Vol 15, 16th December 2010.
Dushantha Madegedara, Saman Kapilawansa, Rumala Morel, Preethi Perera, Chandana Nishantha Kulathunga, Samadara Nakandala, Renuka Nandasena, Rohitha Waduge, MH Wijedasa, Athula Kumara, Shyama Wikramasinghe, Kalyani

Pethiyagoda, Charukeshi Illapperuma, SB Abeykoon.Aspergillosis In Patients Undergoing Bronchoscopy At Teaching Hospital, Kandy. KSM 2010

Oral and Poster Presentation( with abstract) 2011
Suhail MAAM, Morel RP, 2011, Prevalence of diarrhea and Intestinal parasites and possible factors affecting transmission in children admitted to Kattankudy Base Hospital. PURSE 2011

R. C. Muthugala,1 R. P. Morel 2 and K. Pethiyagoda. Health Care Provider Preferences Among Adults Residing in a Rural Area In Kurunegala District PURSE 2011

Dr. W.D.S.J. Wicramasinghe
Research Interests
Evolution, Molecular Taxonomy and Systematic of parasites 
Mitochondrial genomics of helminthes 
Phosphagen kinase system of helminthes 
Molecular epidemiological studies on cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka 
Molecular markers for invasive species 
Molecular epidemiological studies and Biological control of vector born diseases 
Oral and Poster Presentation( with abstract) 2010
Nanayakkara, D.M., Rajapakse, R.P.V.J., Kularathne, S.A.M., Wickramasinghe, S., Bandara, A., Weerakoon, K.G.A.D., Medagedara, S.C., Dasch, G. A., 2010. Serodiagnosis, epidemiology and molecular characterization of clinically suspected cases of rickettsioses reported to Teaching Hospital Peradeniya (THP) over two year period. Proceedings of the Peradeniya University Research Sessions, Sri Lanka. 15:110-112. 
Kulatunga, D.G.R.S., Wickramasinghe, S., Agatsuma, T., Perera, N.A.N.D., Bandara, K.B.A.T., Rajapakse, R.P.V.J., 2010. Application of recombinant arginine kinase of Toxocara canis for serodiagnosis of visceral larva migrans in humans. Proceedings of the Peradeniya University Research Sessions, Sri Lanka. 15:199-201.
Oral and Poster Presentation( with abstract) 2011
U.C.Gunasekara, KABT Bandara, S.Wickramasinghe, G.Wijesinghe and RPVJ Rajapakse A Preliminary study on Gastrointestinal Parasites of Captive Primates in the National Zoological Gardens Dehiwala, Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the Peradeniya University Research Sessions, Sri Lanka, Vol 16, 24th November 2011
D.Liyanaarachchi, RPVJ Rajapakse, S.Wickramasinghe and PRM Dilrukshi. Species of Ticks in Domestic and Wild Animals in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the Peradeniya University Research Sessions, Sri Lanka, Vol 16, 24th November 2011
Journal Publication 2010
Nagataki M., Uda K., Jarilla B.R., Tokuhiro S., Wickramasinghe, S., Suzuki, T., Blair, D.,   Agatsuma, T., 2011. Molecular and catalytic properties of an arginine kinase from the nematode Ascaris suum. Journal of Helminthology. 86:276-86
Journal Publication 2012
Rajapakse, R.P.V.J., Iwagami, M., Wickramasinghe, S., Walker, S.M., Agatsuma, T., 2012. Morphology and surface topography of the schistosome, Bivitellobilharzia nairi from the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) in Sri Lanka. Journal of Helminthology. 19:1-8.
Nanayakkara, D.M., Rajapakse, R.P.V.J., Wickramasinghe, S., Kularathene, S.A.M., 2012. Serological Evidence for Exposure of Dogs to Rickettsia conorii, Rickettsia typhi and Orientia tsutsugamushi in Sri Lanka. Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases.
Ubeyratne, J.K.H., Jayaweera, M.D.N., Dangolla, A., Wickramasinghe, S., 2012. Molecular approach based investigations on Black Quarter (BQ) outbreaks in provinces of Sri Lanka during 2005 – 2010.Journal of Commonwealth Veterinary Association. 28:17-20.
Kulathunga, D.G.R.S., Wickramasinghe, S., Rajapakse, R.P.V.J., Yatawara L., Jayaweera, W.R., Agatsuma, T., 2012. Immunolocalization of arginine kinase (AK) in Toxocara canisToxocara vitulorum, and Ascaris lumbricoides. Parasitology Research. 111:663-671.

Gunasekera, U.C., Wickramasinghe, S., Wijesinghe, G., Rajapakse, R.P.V.J., 2012. Gastrointestinal parasites of captive primates in the national zoological gardens of Sri Lanka. The Journal of Asian Biodiversity (TAPROBANICA). 4:1-59.

Journal Publications 2013 - International
Dharmarathne, S.L.C.A., Wickramasinghe, S., Waduge, R.N., Rajapakse, R.P.V.J., Kularathne, S.A.M., Does Carica papaya leaf-extract increase the platelet count? An experimental study in a murine model.  Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, 2013 Sep.  3(9):720-4.
Nanayakkara, D.M., Rajapakse, R.P.V.J., Wickramasinghe. S., Kularathne, S.A.M., Serological evidence for exposure of dogs to rickettsia conorii, rickettsia typhi and orientia tsutsugamushi in Sri Lanka. Vector-borne and Zoonotic diseases, 2013 Aug. 13(8): 545-9.  
Dr. D.N. Atapattu
Research interests
Cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka. 
The psychology behind selecting Medicine as a life career
Oral and Poster Presentation( with abstract) 2010
D.N. Atapattu, W.M.D.R. Iddawela, S.B. Adikari, R.P.V.J. Rajapakse, D.
Karunarathna, K.A. Wijewardena, C.S. Dassanayake, M.A.T.U.
Mallawarachchi, N.L.S. Wijesundara and D.R.L.N. Bandara. Cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka: The clinical profile.2010.  Peradeniya University Research Sessions. 89