Department of Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry, Uppsala
Postal address: Inst. för Biokemi & Organisk
kemi, Uppsala University Bio Medical Centre (BMC), Box 576, SE-751
23 Uppsala, Sweden Visiting address: BMC, Husargatan 3 Web page:http://www.biorg.uu.se/
Research and education connected to South Asia:
Pathmasiri was affiliated to the department till 2007, when he defended his doctoral dissertation entitled ”Structural and Biophysical Studies of Nucleic Acids”. Faculty opponent was Dr. Lena Mäler, Lena, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University. More information, with a link to a full-text version of the thesis.
In 2008, Dr. Pathmasiri
took up a postdoctoral position in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
His research work focuses on Medicinal Plants
and herbal preparations in Sri Lanka. He defended his Licentiate thesis
2 Inhibitors of Natural origin: Dereplication, Isolation, and Structure
at the Division of Pharmacognosy, Department
of Medicinal Chemistry, in November 2003. More
information about the thesis.
At SASNET’s symposium for PhD candidates held in Marstrand in
October 2003, Wimal participated in the session called ”INPUT – Recruitment,
financing and supervision”, describing
how he first studied at Colombo University. He then applied for funding
from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and was granted a scholarship to
pursue his PhD studies anywhere in the World. After approaching Premila
Perera Ivarsson, then assistant professor at the Division of Pharmacognosy
at Uppsala University, and an expert on Ayurvedic medicine in Sri Lanka,
he was given a chance. He was invited to Uppsala and there he was finally
accepted for PhD studies. More information
about the Marstrand INPUT session.
Mr. Pathmasiri was
a deputy member of SASNET’s board for the period 2007-09, representing Swedish PhD candidates, but stepped down from this position when he moved to USA.