The Siri Wickremesinghe Oration was held on Tuesday 13th February 2018 at 10.30 am, at the Liberty Ballroom, Ramada, Colombo.
The Orator was Professor N.P. Sunil-Chandra, Senior Professor & Chair
Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya.
The topic of the oration was ‘One Health approach to studies on plagues in Sri Lanka - Past and Present’.
• Narapity Pathirannehalage Sunil-Chandra was born on 6th of October 1956. He is a proud product of Sandalanka Central College. He obtained his primary degree in Veterinary Science in 1980 from the Faculty of Medical, Dental & Veterinary Sciences, University of Peradeniya. He obtained his Master of Philosophy (Microbiology) degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. In 1991 he received his Doctorate in Virology from the University of Cambridge, UK. He served the post of Post-doctoral research associate in the Division of Immunology, University of Cambridge from 1991-1994.
• He started his career in Sri Lanka as a Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, in 1995 and at present is the Senior Professor & Chair, Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, & Chairman, Research Council of the University of Kelaniya
• He was awarded honorary Fellowship from the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists in 2017
• He has received many awards and scholarships including Vice Chancellor’s Award Kelaniya for Scientific research and President’s Award - Sri Lanka for Scientific research.
• He is a member of International and National associations namely few, Life member and Past President of Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists (2006/2007) , Founder member, Executive council member and Vice President of Sri Lanka College of Veterinary Surgeons( 2016/2018) and Member & Country representative of the Asia Pacific Society for Medical Virology (APSMV) 2003-2015.
• He has many National and International peer reviewed articles in the fields of Virology, Immunology and Medical Microbiology.