I am a PhD candidate at Dr. Nico Cellinese lab in the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida and the Department of Biology, University of Florida. I am broadly interested in systematics, ecological niches, biogeography and evolutionary biology of plants. 

I completed my BS in Agricultural Technology and Management (2009) at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and my MS in Molecular Life Sciences (2013) at the Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IBMBB), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. I had opportunity to study various medicinal plant groups focusing their taxonomy, biochemistry, molecular systematics during both BSc and Msc. The research work that I am currently conducting towards my PhD gives me the perfect opportunity to combine all of my main research interests into one project.

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