(UNESCO / Japan Young Researchers' fellowships programme)

Dona Hemali Nandaga Munasinghe

Beneficiary country: 
Sri Lanka
Nandaga Munasinghe Dona Hemali Sri Lanka Born on 17 April 1968 in Aluthgamweediya, Sri Lanka
Country of study: 
Last degree obtained: 

Deakin University Australia: Ph. D in Molecular Systematics (29 February 2004).

Scholarly work and publications: 

A phylogenetic study of the freshwater crayfish genus Cherax Erichson and related genera using sequences from mitochondrial and nuclear genes, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Proceedings of the 60th Annual session. P. 163, Sri Lanka (2004).

An examination of the utility of sequences from two mitochondrial protein coding genes for phylogeographic studies of marron (Cherax cainii) from the southwest of Western Australia Proceedings of the second science symposium, University of Ruhuna, pp. 37-48 (2004).

The systematics of freshwater crayfish of the genus Cherax Erichson (Decapoda: Parastacidae) in eastern Autralia re-examined using nucleotide sequences from 12S rRNA genes. Invertebrate Systematics 18: 215-225 (2004).  

What the fellow says:

"As an academic, research is one of my main duties, in addition to teaching and community service. Therefore, I was fortunate to receive the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi post-doctoral fellowship, which gave me an excellent opportunity to visit laboratories with high-tech facilities and to work with experts in the field. The experience and knowledge that I have gained will serve as a platform for my future research work".