Dr. Veranja Liyanapathirana

Senior Lecturer
Email veranjacl@pdn.ac.lk , veranjacl@yahoo.com
Fax 081 2389106
TP 9481 2396530  
Office Address Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya

Educational /professional Qualifications

MBBS (Peradeniya, 2006), MPhil (Peradeniya, 2011), PhD (CUHK, 2015)

SLMC Reg No 23839 

Undergraduate teaching
  • Undergraduate MBBS teaching - Conducting lectures, practicals and SGDs in systematic bacteriology, virology, foundation module and clinical microbiology.
  • Undergraduate teaching to Medical Laboratory Science students in Diagnostic Microbiology in the forms of lectures and practicals.


Articles in peer reviewed indexed international journals

  1. Ip M, Liyanapathirana V, Ang I, Fung K, Ng TK, Zhou H, Tsang D. Direct detection and prediction of all pneumococcal serogroups by target enrichment based next generation sequencing. J ClinMicrobiol. 2014 Oct 1. pii: JCM.02397-14. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25274995
  2. Liyanapathirana, Veranja, E. Anthony S. Nelson, Irene Ang, Reema Subramanian, Helen Ma, and Margaret Ip. "Emergence of serogroup 15Streptococcus pneumoniaeof diverse genetic backgrounds following the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines in Hong Kong." Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease (2014), in press.
  3. LiyanapathiranaV, Ang I, Tsang D, Fung K, Ng TK, Zhou H, Ip M. Application of a target enrichment-based next-generation sequencing protocol for identification and sequence-based prediction of pneumococcal serotypes. BMC Microbiol. 2014 Mar 10;14:60. doi: 10.1186/1471-2180-14-60. PubMed PMID: 24612771.
  4. De Silva N, Wijesundara S, Liyanapathirana V, Thevanesam V, Stenos J. Scrub typhus among pediatric patients in Dambadeniya: a base hospital in Sri Lanka. AmJ Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Aug;87(2):342-4. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.2012.12-0170. PubMedPMID: 22855768; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3414574.
  5. Angelakis E, Munasinghe A, Yaddehige I, Liyanapathirana V, ThevanesamV, Bregliano A, Socolovschi C, Edouard S, Fournier PE, Raoult D, Parola P. Detection of rickettsioses and Q fever in Sri Lanka. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Apr;86(4):711-2. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.2012.11-0424. PubMed PMID: 22492158; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3403782
  6. Liyanapathirana VC, Thevanesam V. Seroepidemiology of rickettsioses in Sri Lanka: a patient based study. BMC Infect Dis. 2011 Nov 25;11:328. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-11-328. PubMed PMID: 22118601; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC3248378
  7. Dassanayake DL, Wimalaratna H, Agampodi SB, Liyanapathirana VC, Piyarathna TA, Goonapienuwala BL. Evaluation of surveillance case definition in the diagnosis of leptospirosis, using the Microscopic Agglutination Test: a validation study. BMC Infect Dis. 2009 Apr 22;9:48. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-9-48. PubMed PMID: 19386085; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2679753

Articles in peer reviewed indexed local journals

  1. Ratnatunga N, Liyanapathirana LV. Hormone receptor expression and Her/2neu amplification in breast carcinoma in a cohort of Sri Lankans. Ceylon Med J. 2007 Dec;52(4):133-6. PubMed PMID: 18286776.

Peer reviewed international journals, miscellaneous articles

  1. Liyanapathirana V. Unexpected [another dimension]. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2009 Nov [Vol 15 (11)]. Available from http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/15/11/09-0279.htm DOI: 10.3201/eid1511.090279
  2. Liyanapathirana V. Ode to Rickettsiae [another dimension]. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2011 Feb [Vol 17(2)]. http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1702 DOI: 10.3201/eid1702.AD1702

Articles in peer reviewed international journals

  1. ThevanesamVasanthi, Elvitigala Jayanthi, Liyanapathirana LVC. Audit on operating theatres in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Infection Control. 2010 Vol 6, Issue 2. doi: 10.3396/ijic.V6i2.011.10.


Articles in peer reviewed local journals

  1. V Thevanesam, H Suraweera, P Kannangara, IKB Weerasekera, HMW Abeywardena, EMW Ekanayake, TM Gamage, LVC Liyanapathirana. Prospective 18 month surveillance study of MRSA colonization in an orthopedic unit in Sri Lanka. Vol 3, No 1 (2013) DOI: ttp://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljid.v3i1.4046
  2. M H Wijedasa, L V C Liyanapathirana. Evaluation of an alternative slide culture technique for the morphological identification of fungal species. Vol 2, No 2 (2012). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljid.v2i2.4070.

Research interests

  • Main research interests are asymptomatic carriage of antibiotic non-susceptible microorganisms, molecular mechanisms of antimicrobial non susceptibility, changing trends in infectious diseases, and development of cost effective molecular diagnostic methods. 

Other interests

Photography, theatre and hiking



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