Dr. (Mrs.) B.M.C. Randika Wimalasiri Yapa

Senior Lecturer (Grade II) in MLS

PhD (QUT, Australia), BSc in MLS (Hons)(Peradeniya)

Medical Laboratory Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences
Website RG

Colombo Regional Center ,

Office: +94112881000, Ext: 646

E-mail: bmwim@ou.ac.lk

Web: https://www.linkedin.com/in/randika-wimalasiri-7944816a/

I am a graduate of first batch of students for Medical Laboratory Sciences at University of Peradeniya. I am interested in teaching and research. I have completed the doctoral degree at Queensland university of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Employment history

01.04.2013 to up to date : Lecturer , Department of MLS, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, Colombo, Sri Lanka 

Nov. 2011- Feb. 2013: Temporary Demonstrator, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya.


Registered Medical Laboratory Technologist at Sri Lanka Medical Council- Reg. No. 1983

ISO consultancy- Wayamba Diagnostic Medical laboratory under the standard ISO 15189 (November 2011 – January 2014)

Areas of Specialization:

Virology, Epidemiology and Entomology

Research interests:

Evolutionary Virology, Epidemiology, Molecular Entomology, Transcriptomics, Medical Laboratory Quality Assurance

Course Coordination:

MDU4307 Virology and Mycology

MDU5308 Research Methodology

MDU6404 Medical Laboratory Quality Management and Accreditation

  • Financial assistance from University Grants Commission to University teachers for higher studies-2016
  • Financial assistance for postgraduate studies by the Open University of Sri Lanka
  • HDR Tuition Fee Sponsorship, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • QUT write-up scholarship, 2020
Research grants
  • 2018- The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene early career research grant
  • 2014- Faculty of Natural Sciences research grant
Travel award
  • Viral Bioinformatics and Genomics (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) Organized by Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences, Hinxton Cambridge CB10 1SA conducted from 02 Sep 2018 – 07 Sep 2018
Other Awards
  • Dean’s commendation for Outstanding doctoral thesis award, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2019 Chronic Disease and Aeging HDR Publication Award, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology-round 2
  • 2019 Chronic Disease and Aeging HDR Publication Award, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology-round 1
  • 2019 SAGE Higher Degree Research Student Publication Prize- 3rd place
Ongoing Research:

Chikungunya transmission dynamics and immune responses in Aedes mosquitoes

Research Supervisions:

Supervision of undergraduate research projects



  • Statistical Quality Control in Medical Laboratories: Theory and Practice, ISBN: 978-955-44346-0-8


  • Wimalasiri-Yapa, B.M. C. R., Yapa, H. E., Huang, X., Hafner, L. M., Kenna, T. J., & Frentiu, F. D. (2020). Zika Virus and Arthritis/Arthralgia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Viruses12(10), 1137. https://doi.org/10.3390/v12101137
  • Wimalasiri-Yapa, B. M. C. R., Barrero, R. A., Stassen, L., Hafner, L. M., McGraw, E. A., Pyke, A. T., Jansen, C. C., Suhrbier, A., Yakob, L., Hu, W., Devine, G. J., & Frentiu, F. D. (2021). Temperature modulates immune gene expression in mosquitoes during arbovirus infection. Open biology11(1), 200246. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsob.200246
  • Wimalasiri-Yapa, B. M. C. R., Stassen, L., Hu, W.; Yakob, L., McGraw, A.E., Pyke, T.A., Jansen, C.C., Devine, J.G.; Frentiu, D.F. Chikungunya virus transmission at low temperature by Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. Pathogens 2019, 8, doi:10.3390/pathogens8030149.
  • Wimalasiri-Yapa, B. M. C. R., Stassen, L., Huang, X., Hafner, L. M., Hu, W., Devine, G. J., . . . Frentiu, F. D. (2019). Chikungunya virus in Asia – Pacific: a systematic review. Emerging Microbes & Infections, 8(1), 70-79. doi: 10.1080/22221751.2018.1559708   PMID: 30866761
  • Wimalasiri B.M.C.R., Dissanayake D.M, Jayasekara K.B. Distribution of renal diseases and patients’ characteristics in Anuradhapura district. Sri Lanka Bulletin of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (Vol 2, Issue 01, September 2016) (ISSN No: 1800-4318)


  • Jayasundara A.M.A.P.M.K., Pathirana M.P.C.S.K., Gunawardena H.D.H.N., Wimalasiri B.M.C.R. and Madhavi A.V.P. Knowledge and practices regarding healthcare waste management amongst sanitary workers. Proceedings of Annual Academic Sessions of the Open University of Sri Lanka 2014
  • Kurera M.H.G.V., Gamage T.M.M., Wimalasiri B.M.C.R. and De Silva B. S. S. Influencing factors for cataracts in Western and Southern provinces of Sri Lanka. Proceedings of Annual Academic Sessions of the Open University of Sri Lanka 2014


  • Menike U.H.M.N.K.H., Kulasekara K.M.P., Kumari N.M.H.G.A.N., Wimalasiri B.M.C.R.  and De Silva B. S. S. Nurses’ knowledge, attitudes and practices in venous blood collection of pediatric patients. Proceedings of 8th International Research Conference of Kotelawala Defense University– Oral presentation on 28th August 2015.
  • Wimalasiri B.M.C.R., Dissanayake A.M.S.D.M., Nanayakkara S.D.I., Jayasekera K.B., Amunugama P.W.K.K., Ratnayake R.M.I.U., Dissanayake D.M.T.S. Provision of natural spring water and renal tubular functions of farmers in padaviya area. Proceedings of Annual Academic Sessions of the KSM 2013.
  • Wimalasiri B.M.C.R., Nanayakkara S.D.I., Dissananayake A.M.S.D.M., Jayasekera J.M.K.B., Ratnayake R.M.I.U, Dissanayake D.M.T.S.The effects of dehydration on renal tubular function in farmers from an area with high prevalence of chronic renal failure. Proceedings of 3rd conference of South Asian Association of Physiologists-2012 (Oral presentation on 9th November 2012).  
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