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Ms. Helmi Gammanpila


Faculty of Humanities & Sciences | Department of Applied Sciences

Career Summary

Helmi Gammanpila is an accomplished professional with a robust background in biotechnology, driven by a profound passion for education and scientific inquiry. Her journey spans various facets of the field, from her pivotal role as a Teaching and Scientific Assistant at IBMBB University of Colombo, where she enriched students' learning experiences and contributed to groundbreaking research, to her tenure as a Junior Molecular Biologist at Durdans Hospital, ensuring the precision of molecular diagnostics for enhanced patient care. Currently, as a lecturer at SLIIT Malabe, she is committed to nurturing the next generation's scientific growth, conducting research, and maintaining a hands-on educational environment. Her career embodies a blend of teaching, research, and laboratory acumen, rendering her an invaluable asset in the realm of biotechnology.


MSc In Molecular Life Sciences

Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IBMBB), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2019-2021)

  • Successfully completed the master's degree as the batch top with an average GPA of 3.53
  • First Year Project - Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) in Plant Breeding
  • Research project - Molecular Characterization of Rigidoporus spp. Causing Root Rot Disease of Rubber

BSc in Biotechnology, Biochemistry and Genetics

Bangalore University India, followed at Reva University India (2015-2018)

  • Successfully completed the degree with an average CGPA of 8.85 (First Class Exemplary, A+ Grade)
  • First Year Project - Physiological Effect of Vitamin-C and Intermittent Heat Expose on Drosophila melanogaster
  • Final Year Project - Root Development in Allium cepa Under Different Soil Contents


Successfully completed the master's degree as the batch top with an average GPA of 3.53 at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Successfully completed the degree with an average CGPA of 8.85 (First Class Exemplary, A+ Grade) at Bangalore University India.

Research Interests and Memberships

Research Interests

Gene Expression and Regulation: Investigate the mechanisms that control how genes are turned on or off in various cellular processes. This can include studies on transcription factors, enhancers, silencers, and epigenetic modifications.

Genome Sequencing and Analysis: Work on genome sequencing projects and analyze genomic data to uncover insights about gene function, genetic variation, and evolutionary biology.

RNA Biology: Explore the diverse roles of RNA molecules, including non-coding RNAs (e.g., microRNAs and long non-coding RNAs) in gene regulation, RNA processing, and RNA-based therapies.

DNA Repair and Mutagenesis: Study the repair mechanisms that cells use to maintain genome integrity and how DNA damage can lead to mutations and diseases, including cancer.

Protein Structure and Function: Investigate the structure-function relationships of proteins, including enzymes, receptors, and transcription factors, to understand their roles in cellular processes and disease.

Molecular Genetics: Explore the genetic basis of inherited diseases, the identification of disease-associated mutations, and the development of gene therapies.

Molecular Evolution: Analyze molecular sequences to understand how genes and proteins have evolved over time and how this relates to biodiversity and adaptation.

Cell Signaling Pathways: Investigate how cells communicate with each other through signaling molecules, receptors, and intracellular pathways, with implications for diseases like cancer and neurodegenerative disorders.

Cancer Biology: Study the molecular mechanisms underlying cancer initiation, progression, and metastasis, with a focus on identifying potential therapeutic targets and biomarkers.

Virology: Explore the molecular biology of viruses, including their replication cycles, interactions with host cells, and the development of antiviral therapies.

Synthetic Biology: Engineer biological systems for specific purposes, such as creating biosensors, producing biofuels, or designing novel therapeutic agents.

CRISPR-Cas9 and Genome Editing: Investigate the applications of CRISPR-Cas9 technology in gene editing, gene therapy, and functional genomics.

Stem Cell Biology: Research the molecular mechanisms governing stem cell differentiation, pluripotency, and their potential applications in regenerative medicine.

Microbiome Research: Explore the composition and function of microbial communities in various environments, including the human gut microbiome and its impact on health.

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology: Develop and apply computational tools and algorithms for analyzing large-scale molecular data, including genomics, proteomics, and structural biology.


Ongoing Research

Comparative Analysis of Biodegradable Plastic Material and Protein Content in Specifically Selected Cyanobacteria Species.

Self-sustainable Algae-based Electricity Production.

A Study on the Antibacterial Properties of Natural Cosmetic Products in Sri Lanka.

Analysis of different food products available in the market for the presence of pathogenic bacteria by Culturing and PCR Assays.

My Publications

Conference Proceedings

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