Conference Chair & Committee

Conference Chair

Prof. Mark Smales

Professor of Industrial Biotechnology,
Director of the Industrial Biotechnology,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom.

Professor Smales is currently Professor of Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Kent and the Director of the Industrial Biotechnology Centre at the University of Kent. He is also the Director of the BBSRC and EPSRC sponsored Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, BioProNET, a network in the field of bioprocessing and biologics that brings together academics, industrialists and other special interest groups to accelerate innovation and deliver change in this area. He currently holds a Royal Society Industrial Fellowship and is a member of the Royal Society Industry Fellows College. His research interests cover all of upstream bioprocessing development and host cell protein flux during bioprocessing including reverse cell engineering approaches, systems/synthetic biology, and the identification of target genes/proteins for manipulation (or markers for screening purposes) in order to enhance biotherapeutic protein quality and production from in vitro cultured mammalian cells. A major focus of his work is reducing heterogeneity of recombinant protein products from mammalian cells. He is an Executive Editor of Biotechnology Letters. He has given multiple keynote presentations at international conferences and published widely in the area.

Session Chairs and Evaluation Panel members of BIOTECH 2018

Session Chairs
  • Dr. D. N.Vinod Kumar
  • Dr. Selvakumar Dharmaraj
  • Dr. Anbu Arunkumar
  • Dr.  Pavan Jutur
  • Dr. Kashif Ahmed
Panel Members
  • Prof. Vladimir Mrsa 
  • Dr. James Budge
  • Dr. Chamari Hettiarachchi
  • Dr. Anuradha Dhanasekaran

Conference Co-chair

Dr Chamari Hettiarachchi

Senior lecturer in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry,
Department of Chemistry,
University of Colombo

Dr Chamari Hettiarachchi, senior lecturer in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Colombo. She obtained her BSc Honors (Botany) from University of Colombo and PhD in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from (International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Dr Hettiarachchi has conducted her postdoctoral research at Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and she was a visiting scientist at Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her specialization and research interest is in plant Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Since 2003 she has received 6 international and national research grants and she has more than twenty publications in indexed international journals and more than 75 research communications. She is a recipient of SUSRED award 2013, National Science Foundation for the supervision of postgraduate research degree and presidential awards in 2012 and 2017.

Chair Message

On behalf of the organizing committee, I am pleased to welcome you all to the 3rd  International Conference on Bioscience and Biotechnology 2018.

I am indeed most delighted to be given the opportunity to co-chair this important international scientific conference and I take great pleasure and honor in inviting the community of research scientists, academics, postgraduate and graduate students to participate in the 3rd International Conference on Bioscience and Biotechnology. The conference is scheduled to be held from 8th to 9th March 2018, in Colombo, Sri Lanka under the theme “pursuing innovation in Bioscience and Biotechnology. It will embrace by more than 100 participants from 20 different countries. TIIKM has brought together a rich diversity of scientists from various universities and industries  to share ideas and new perspectives on a wide range of topics related to Bioscience and Biotechnology.

The conference is organized as a set of main tracks; application of biochemistry and molecular biology to biotechnology, general biological engineering, biomedical engineering and bioinformatics, computational biology for biotechnology and other related tracks biostatics, biometric, bio measurement, biomechanics, biophysics, biochemistry, biomathematics, bioengineering and system biology.  The conference focuses on importance of bioscience and biotechnology through the keynotes speeches, invited talks, technical programs and workshops.  Modern biotechnology has advanced rapidly and has emerged as a potential science for providing benefits in all the fields of human health.

As the Co-Chair of the conference I kindly request you to submit abstracts and participate in the conference.  Extended versions of selected papers from the conference will be published after peer reviewing. I am confident that these experienced local organizers, TIIKM will make the Bioscience and biotechnology conference 2018 an unforgettable event for all the participants. I would like to invite you to attend this most enjoyable gathering of scientists belonging to the universities and industries from many countries across the globe.

Scientific Committee

Dr. Amy Then Yee Hui, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Dr. Anupama Halmillawewa, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Prof. D. N. Rao, IIMS, India
Dr. Anushka Elvitigala, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
Dr. Farshid Talat, West Azarbaijan Agricultural and Natural Resources Research and Education Center, Iran
Dr. M. M. Kabir, East West University, Bangladesh
Prof. Deepal Mathew, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Asst. Prof. Azam Noori, Merrimack College, United States
Asst. Prof. Kashmir Singh, Panjab University, India
Dr. Sharmila Jayasena, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Dr. Murni Halim, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
Dr. Siti Aqlima Ahmad, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
Dr. Ahmad Muhaimin Roslan, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
Dr. Mohamad Zulfazli Mohd Sobri, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
Dr.C.D. Anuradha, Anna University, India
Dr. Mohamad Zulfazli Mohd Sobri, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
Dr. Acga Cheng University of Malaya, Malaysia


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