Dr Shashi Goonetilleke
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.
|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|
|2017||Award||Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence||University of Adelaide|
|2016||Award||Runner-up oral presentation, Workshop on Floral structure and Self-incompatibility||International Society for Horticultural Science|
|2015||Award||Best presentation, 3-Minute Thesis competition||School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, The University of Adelaide, Australia|
|2013 - 2017||Scholarship||Australian Postgraduate Award||University of Adelaide|
|2007||Award||Merit award for the Translation||Centre for Policy Alternatives- Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|2006||Award||Gold medal for the best presentation||Tenth Anniversary International Symposium, University of Sabaragamuwa, Sri Lanka|
|2001 - 2003||Scholarship||Asian Development Bank Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies||Asian Development Bank|
|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|
|2013 - 2017||University of Adelaide||Australia||PhD|
|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.
|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.|
|2016||Goonetilleke, S. N., Croxford, A. E., Wirthensohn, M. G., March, T. J. & Mather, D. E. (2016). Molecular markers for high-throughput detection of a self-fertility (Sf) allele in almond. Floral structure and Self-incompatibility. Murcia. Spain.|
|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. Proceedings of 9th Agricultural Symposium. 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. Proceedings of the Tenth Anniversary International Symposium. 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
- Co-supervised three visiting interns during my PhD.
|2014 - 2016||Board Member||Postgraduate Association for Waite Students, School of Agriculture, Food & Wine, Waite Campus, University of Adelaide||Australia|
|2014 - ongoing||Member||International Society for Horticultural Science|