Dr. N. Nilakarawasam

Senior Lecturer (G I)

Zoology
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Contact:

Central Campus, Ground floor, Science and Technology building, Room No : E09

Office: 2881018, Ext: 18

Email: nnila@ou.ac.lk


Senior Lecturer in Zoology: Dept. of Zoology, The Open University of Sri Lanka (June 2012– to date)

Head, Department of Zoology, The Open University of Sri Lanka (June 2009 – May 2012)

Senior Lecturer in Zoology, Dept. of Zoology, The Open University of Sri Lanka (May 1999 – May 2009)

Senior Lecturer in Zoology, Dept. of Zoology, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (June 1993 – May 2009)

Probationay Lecturer in Zoology, Dept. of Zoology, University of Ruhuna Sri Lanka (March 1987 – June 1993)

Area of Specification:

Fish Parasitology and Pathology

Research Intrests:

Fish Parasitology, Aquatic Resource Management

Affiliations:

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Programmes Coordination:

Advanced Certificate in Laboratory Technology (2003 – 2008)

Course Coordination:

ZYU4302 – Animal Development, ZYPA606 – Aquatic Resources & their Management

Awards:

Kirthisinghe Memorial Scholarship for best performance in Zoology at First and Second Year Examinations of undergraduate studies

Scholarship awarded by Overseas Development Authority of UK to pursue studies for the doctoral degree under Stirling-Ruhuna Link Programme

Researches:

Dissanayaka, D.M.L.C., Weerakoon, S., Somaratne, R. S., Nilakarawasam, N., Ranasinghe C. (2017). Effect of crude methanolic extracts of Emblica officinalis on cholesterol induced Wistar Albino rats, Proceedings of the OUSL Annual Academic Sessions, 16-17 November 2017, 415-418

Kalpani, P. G. M., Weerakoon, S., Somaratne, R. S., Nilakarawasam, N. Ranasinghe C. (2017). A preliminary study on the evaluation of hypocholesterolemic activity of some Phyllanthus species, Proceedings of 4th Ruhuna International Science and Technology Conference 26 Jan. 2017, Pg. 28

Kalpani, P. G. M., Weerakoon, S., Somaratne, R. S., Nilakarawasam, N., Ranasinghe C. (2016). Effect of methanolic extracts of barks of Phyllanthus reticulatus and Bridelia retusa on serum lipid profiles in hypercholesterolemic rats (Mus norvegicus albinus) Proceedings of the OUSL Annual Academic Sessions, 17-18 November 2016, 57

Ranasinghe, T.S., Nilakarawasam, N. (2014). An Assessment of Water Quality and Pollution in Beruwala Fishery Harbour in Sri Lanka19th International Forestry and Environment Symposium 24-25 Oct. 2014, Pg. 117

Nilakarawasm, N. (2013). A study on student participation in an online supplementary course in Zoology. Proceedings of the OUSL Annual Academic Sessions, 28-29 November 2013, 173-177

Nilakarawasm, N. (2013). A study on student participation in an online supplementary course in Zoology. Proceedings of the OUSL Annual Academic Sessions, 28-29 November 2013, 173-177

Perera, H.G.R.W., Wattevidanage, J. & Nilakarawasam, N. (2011). Development of a Macro-invertebrate-based Index of Biotic Integrity (MIBI) for Colombo-Sri Jayawardenapura canal system. Journal of Tropical Forestry and Environment 2: 10-19

Perera, H.G.R.W., Wattevidanage, J. & Nilakarawasam, N. (2011). Diversity, Abundance and distribution of macro-invertebrates in Colombo canal system and the potential of using them as bioindicators for stream health monitoring. Proceedings of the OUSL Annual Academic Sessions, 14-15 September 2011, 262-265

Nithyakala, N., Nilakarawasm, N. & Wattevidanage, J. (2011). A preliminary study of the heavy metal pollution in the sediments of the Greater Colombo canal system of Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the OUSL Annual Academic Sessions, 14-15 September 2011, 303-306

Mendis, T.D.H. & Nilkarawasam, N. (2004). The distribution and micro-habitat preferences of the fishes in a selected stream of Benthota River. Proceedings of the OUSL Annual Academic Sessions, P.22

Nilakarawasam, N. (2001). Assessment of toxicity levels of nitrites to five endemic fish species of Sri Lanka. Presented at the 7th Annual Sessions of Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.28th June 2001

Deepanada, A. & Nilakarawasam, N. (2000). The parasites of the Puntius species in Nilwala basin. Presented at the 6th Annual Sessions of Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.  29th June 2000

Nilakarawasam, N. (1997). The water chemistry experienced by the endemic fish of Nilwala basin. Proceedings of 53rd Annual Session of SLASS: P 241.

Nilakarawasam, N. & Yapa, P.M.S.P. (1996). The parasite fauna of catfishes, Arius jella & Mystus gulio. Proceedings of 52nd Annual Session of SLASS: P 141.

Nilakarawasam, N. & Sommerville, C. 1998. The parasites of Etroplus suratensis (Bloch) (Pisces: Cichlidae and their effects on aquaculture management. Sri Lanka Journal of Aquatic Sciences 3: 11-26.

Ongoing Research:

DNA Barcoding of Selected Anti-hypercholesterolemic Plants of Family Euphorbiaceae

Investigations of immunomodulatory and other bioactive properties of young shoots of Bambusa vulgaris

Research Supervisions:

Hypocholesterolemic Activity of Selected Euphorbiaceous Plant Extracts on blood serum of Rats (Mus norvegicus albinus)

Publications:

Evolution (2010, Revised in 2017) ISBN: 978-955-23-1231-1; Co-editor

Developmental processes in Animals (2005, Revised in 2017) ISBN: 955-23-106-7; Editor

Analysis of Development and Recent Advances in Developmental Biology (2005, Revised in 2018) ISBN: 955-23-107-5; Co-author

Animal Form and its Evolution (2013) ISBN: 978-955-23-1406-5; Co-author and Co-editor

Functioning Animal 1 (2013) ISBN: 987-955-23-1417-9; Co-author and Co-editor

Environmental Science and Applications in Biology (2014) ISBN: 978-955-23-1495-7; Co-editor

Biology Laboratory and Techniques for Microscopy (2013) ISBN: 978-955-23-1270-0; Editor

Systematics of Plants and Animals, their Collection and Preservation (2013) ISBN: 978-955-23-1269-4; Co-editor

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