Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences
Shani started her studies as a biology student in Sri Lank, which paved her way to bioinformatics. Currently, she is studying for the PhD in Bioinformatics under the supervision of Dr. Ute Baumann, Dr. Nathan S. Watson-Haigh, Dr. Stuart Roy and Prof. Matthew GIlliham at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Her project mainly focuses on identifying salt tolerant mechanisms in crops (barley). Transcriptomic and network analysis and molecular phylogenetic studies are mainly used in her project. She is expected to complete her PhD by December 2017.
Apart from the love for work, she loves her life as a mom, an Adeladian, a leisure swimmer, hiker and a tennis tragic. She is also the current South Australia representative for the Australian Computational Biology student group (COMBINE).
- Ph.D (reading) project tile : DEFINING THE TRANSCRIPTIONAL NETWORKS ASSOCIATED WITH CIPK16
- B.Sc. (Hon's) project title : Mapping of B and T cell epitopes on potential asexual erythrocytic stage vaccine candidate antigens of Plasmodium vivax : Completed (September 2011)
Date Position Institution name 2014 - 2017 PhD student The University of Adelaide 2013 - 2014 Scientist (Bioinformatics) University of Colombo, Colombo 2011 - 2013 Teaching Assitant University of Colombo, Colombo 2007 - 2011 BSc (Hon's) student University of Colombo, Colombo
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2014 Award The conference travel scholarship to attend BioInfoSummer 2014 in Melbourne, Australia — Australia — 2014 Scholarship Full fee scholarship from the University of Adelaide and ACPFG PhD scholarship — Australia Full time PhD scholarship 2010 Award The “Best Young Leader” award, CIMA awards Night, National Leader’s Development Seminar 2010, MIMT, Thulhiriya, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka — 2010 Award The “Best Organizing Committee” award for CDD 2010, CIMA awards Night, National Leader’s Development Seminar 2010, MIMT, Thulhiriya, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka — 2003 Achievement Bhathkande Sangeeth Exam, Lucknow, Class, Prathama in Violin Section, 2003 — India — 2000 Achievement Royal School of Music, Level II Violin, Merit, 2000 — United Kingdom —
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Sinhala; Sinhalese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2007 - 2011 University of Colombo, Colombo Sri Lanka B.Sc.
Date Title Institution name Country 2010 Professional Graduate Diploma British Computer Society United Kingdom 2010 Graduate Diploma British Computer Society United Kingdom 2007 Certificate Level British Computer Society United Kingdom
Year Citation 2016 Amarasinghe, S., Watson-Haigh, N., Gilliham, M., Roy, S., & Baumann, U. (2016). The evolutionary origin of CIPK16: a gene involved in enhanced salt tolerance. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 100, 135-147.
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2014 Amarasinghe, S., Kathriarachchi, H., & Udagama, P. (2014). Conserved regions of Plasmodium vivax potential vaccine candidate antigens in Sri Lanka: Conscious in silico analysis of prospective conformational epitope regions. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine, 7(10), 832-840.
- Travel grant to attend BioinfoSummer 2014 (presentation title: Narrowing Down on CIPK16 Orthologues: A Gene Involved in Enhanced Salt Tolerance)
Teaching Assistant, Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
In charge teaching assistant for the special students of Bioinformatics from 3rd and 4th years.
- Conduct practical tutoring sessions for the undergraduates of the department.
- Involved with tutoring for other levels of undergraduates in the department
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