School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences
I am passionate about incorporating DNA information into plant breeding. Before my PhD, my main focus was to develop molecular tools for cereal breeding. My research activities at this stage were primarily based on development of low to medium throughput molecular markers for detecting the nematode resistance and for other economically important traits in wheat and barley. When I embarked on a PhD project to develop molecular tools for almond, I became interested in applying molecular information in fruit and nut breeding to increase the selection efficiency.
I also have a passion for the self-incompatibility in plants. I am interested in exploring the self-incompatibility to develop genetic tools to increase the productivity in self-incompatible perennials and understanding the function and regulation of the self-incompatibility.
Date Position Institution name 2017 Research Officer University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2017 - 2017 Research Assistant Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation- Australia (Waite Campus) 2009 - 2013 Technical Officer University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2003 - 2009 Research Assistant Tea Research Institute of Sri Lanka 2003 - 2003 Teaching Assistant University of Peradeniya, Kandy 2000 - 2001 Teaching Assistant University of Peradeniya, Kandy
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2017 Award Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide Australia — 2016 Award Runner-up oral presentation, Workshop on Floral structure and Self-incompatibility International Society for Horticultural Science Spain — 2015 Award Best presentation, 3-Minute Thesis competition School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, The University of Adelaide, Australia Australia — 2013 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award University of Adelaide Australia — 2007 Award Merit award for the Translation Centre for Policy Alternatives- Colombo, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka — 2006 Award Gold medal for the best presentation Tenth Anniversary International Symposium, University of Sabaragamuwa, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka — 2001 Scholarship Asian Development Bank Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies Asian Development Bank Sri Lanka —
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Sinhala; Sinhalese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Tamil Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2013 - 2017 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
Year Citation 2017 Goonetilleke, S., March, T., Wirthensohn, M., Walker, A., & Mather, D. (2017). Genotyping-by-sequencing in almond: SNP discovery, linkage mapping and marker design.. G3 : Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 8(1), 1-25.
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2009 Goonetilleke, W., Priyantha, P., Mewan, K., & Gunasekare, M. (2009). Assessment of genetic diversity of tea (Camellia sinensis L.O. Kuntze) as revealed by RAPD - PGR markers. Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, 37(2), 147-150.
2008 Goonetilleke, W. N., Priynatha, P. G., & Mewan, K. M. (2008). An assessment of genetic relationships in VP teas and old seedling teas in Sri Lanka using RAPD Markers. Journal of Tea Science, 73(1), 39-48.
Year Citation 2016 Goonetilleke, S., Croxford, A., Wirthensohn, M., March, T., & Mather, D. (2016). Molecular markers for high-throughput detection of a self-fertility (Sf) allele in almond. In Acta Horticulturae Vol. 1231 (pp. 143-150). Murcia. Spain: International Society for Horticultural Science.
2009 Ariyaratne, P. N., Mewan, K. M., Goonetilleke, W. N., & Priyantha, P. G. (2009). Study of genetic relationships of tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze) using SSR markers and pedigree analysis. In Proceedings of 9th Agricultural Symposium, Wyamba University of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka. 2006 Goonetilleke, W. N., Priyantha, P. G., Mewan, K. M., & Gunasekare, M. T. (2006). Assessment of genetic diversity in Sri Lankan tea (Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze) as revealed by RAPD-PCR markers. In enth Anniversary International Symposium, University of Sabaragamuwa. Sabaragamuwa, Sri Lanka.
MiSeq Pilot the Possibilities Program, IIlumina, Australia, 2014, for resequencing the self-incompatibility locus (S locus) of almond, Goonetilleke, S and Mather, D
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