Interdisciplinary Centre for Innovation in Biotechnology and Neurosciences

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The Centre would facilitate an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to conduct research in biotechnology and neurosciences through solution, idea, invention, innovation, product, patents; by sharing human resources, accommodating common technological instrumentation and infrastructure. This will be made available to undergraduates, postgraduates, post-doctorates, academic and nonacademic, external organizations both local and international, and industries. The Centre will recruit faculty across wide-ranging disciplines to establish a strong program in basic biotechnology, natural product/ Ayuarveda based nutraceuticals, molecular genetics and neuroscience. At the same time, the Centre will develop strong links with international research centres in order to introduce an element of translational research which will be directly support the advancement of science, engineering, medicine (Western and Ayuarveda) and technology in upward nations and will offer Joint/Split Bilateral Double doctoral MPhil/ PhD. Programmes for national and international students through meaningful effect to the MoUs with;

1. European Graduate School of Neuroscience (EURON), Maastricht University (World Ranking- 98) from Netherlands, Associated Partner status to the Faculty of Medical Sciences, USJP within the EURON

2. Two MoU with University of Chinese Academy of Science, China

3. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science (AIST), Japan – DAILAB@USJP

4. Northern Kentucky University(NKU), USA

5. Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

This would pave the way for Double Doctorates (DD), and the Centre hopes to develop into an income generating, selfsustaining entity by focusing on strong links with industry enabling future innovations that can be taken to market driven benefits to the society.

Vision

Our vision is that to bridge the gap between basic and translational research, through international and industrial collaborative interactions with innovation and added value from unique data/natural resources with a strong focus on the exploitation of the fundamental mechanisms of aging and brain diseases in order to foster multi- and inter- trans-disciplinary research excellence, and to recognize and encourage the inventive and innovative talents of postgraduates to motivate them to create new innovation to patent; towards scientific value addition to economic and health development and wealth creation in Sri Lanka.

Mission

  • To development of a community and to enhance communication and collaboration among investigators in this multidisciplinary area;
  • Encourage and coordinate research and academic programmes in biotechnology, natural product, Ayuarveda based nutraceuticals and neuroscience
  • Acts as a focal point for interaction with the biotechnology, natural products and neuroscience; community at large such as national/ international organizations and programmes at other universities
  • Develop and coordinate academic training programmes to foster interest in biotechnology, natural products, Ayuarveda and neuroscience; at the undergraduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels
  • Foster collaborative research between and among basic and clinical scientists; and provide a resource to the local community on neuroscience-related issues

Objectives

a. To develop human resources through international collaborations

b. To offer Joint/Split Bilateral Double Doctoral MPhil/ PhD through already signed MOUs between Europe, China, Japan, USA, Australia and USJP

c. To generate income by undertaking service based research and providing laboratory training

d. To form strong, strategic partnerships with industry through international collaboration for academic entrepreneurship, commercialization of intellectual property and adding value to traditional/indigenous/ unique natural resources

Advisory Panel

Prof. Ranil Silva (Director) – Department of Anatomy, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Dr. S.A.A.M. Subasinghe – Faculty of Engineering, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Dr. Rajitha Gunaratne – Department of Biosystems Technology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Ven. Dr. Medagampitiye Wijithadhamma – Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Mr. M.V.S.S. Udayanga – Department of Entrepreneurship, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Prof. B.G.D.N.K. De Silva – Department of Zoology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Dr. M.R.P.H. Liyanage – Department of Anatomy, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Prof. S.B. Navaratne – Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Facilities Available

Gel electrophoresis apparatus – vertical and horizontal, Gel documentation system with CCD camera, Phosphoimager (Molecular Dynamics), Tissue culture hood, -20C Freezer, +4C Freezer, Autoclave, PCR machine, Fully Automated Chemistry Analyzer, Florescence Spectrophotometer, Four Colour Flow Cytometer, Spectrophotometer Eppendorf Bio, UV Visible Spectrophotometer, Floresence and Bright field microscope, HIGH Performance Liquid Chromatography, Atomic Absorption Spectrometer, Furrier Transform In-fared, Analytical Balance, Shaking Incubator, Gas Chromatography, Top-loading Autoclave, Zeiss Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope (LSM700) with Imaris Software, Zeiss Observer.Z1 with ApoTome & Live Imaging System, Zeiss Axiovert 200M with automatic scanning System, Axiovert 135 with Eppendorf Micromanipulator 5171, Keyence BIOREVO BZ-9000, Panasonic Multi-gas incubator, ATTO Kronos Dio (AB2550) Luminescence Monitoring (live) System, Nikon Super Resolution Microscope.