Personal Information
Ruwini Cooray

Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, Australia

Ruwini Cooray
Educations
From 2011 to 2014, BSc. (Hons.) Biomedical Sciences , United Kingdom
From 2015 to 2017, MSc. Biotechnology , United Kingdom
From 2020 to To-the-date, PhD , Australia
Work Experiences
From 2016 to 2017, Research Technician , Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
From 2017 to 2018, Project Lead - Human & Animal Genetics , Section of Genetics, Institute for Research & Development, Sri Lanka
From 2018 to To-the-date, Research Scientist - Lead , Section of Genetics, Institute for Research & Development, Sri Lanka
Speciality
Gene expression
Protein overexpression
Neuro-biochemistry
Neuro-genetics
Pathway analysis & Systems Biology
Bacterial expression systems
Cannabinoids
Neurodegenerative disorders
Molecular cloning
Journal Articles
Current Aspects of the Endocannabinoid System and Targeted THC and CBD Phytocannabinoids as Potential Therapeutics for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases: A Review. Mol Neurobiol. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12035-020-02054-6, Cooray, R*., Gupta, V. & Suphioglu, C. (2020).
A Review on Molecular Functional and Structural Characterization of Human Cysteine Cathepsins in Bacterial Expression Systems. Austin Journal of Biotechnology & Bioengineering, 7(1) - 2020, Cooray, R*. Madubashetha, H., Warnakula, L., Wickramasinghe, P., De Silva, N. (2020).
A Review on Molecular Functional and Structural Characterization of Human Cysteine Cathepsins in Bacterial Expression Systems. Preprints, 2019110345 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201911.0345.v1), Cooray, R*., Madubashetha, H., Warnakula, L., Wickramasinghe, P., De Silva, N. (2019).
Determination of testicular estrogen receptor alpha expression of male chickens (Gallus domesticus) with age. Veterinary world, 12(7): 994-997, Nirmali, W.K.R., Warnakula, L., Cooray, R., Hapuarachchi, N.S. and Magamage, M.S. (2019).
Effect of exogenous oestrogen treatment on gonadal morphology, morphometry and oestrogen receptor-α mRNA expression in gonads of male chickens (Gallus domesticus). International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research, 10(3), Nirmali, W.K.R., Warnakula, L., Cooray, R., Hapuarachchi, N.S. and Magamage, M.S. (2019).
Understanding Miro GTPases: Implications in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders. Molecular Neurobiology 02/2018;, DOI:10.1007/s12035-018-0927-x, Kay, L., Pienaar, L.S., Cooray, R., Black, G., and Soundararajan, M. (2018).
Conference Papers
Cooray, R*. (2019) ‘Endocannabinoid system: A novel drug target for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease’, Open University Research Sessions (OURS 2019), Colombo, Sri Lanka; 2019.
Piyasiri, L., Cooray, R., Warnakula, L. Dhanuka, A.D., Kanishka, A.S., and Harischandra, I.N. (2019) ‘Development of an Optimized Polymerase Chain Reaction Protocol for the Successful Amplification of Nuclear C-mos Gene in Endemic Skink Genus Lankascincus’, Rajarata International Research Conference of Rajarata University (RIRC 2019), Mihintale, Sri Lanka; 2019.
Madubashetha, H., Dissanayake, Y., Piyasiri, L., Wickramasinghe, S., De Silva, N., Warnakula, L. and Cooray, R*. (2019) ‘Development of an Optimized Protocol for the extraction of DNA from Human Blood’, Open University Research Sessions (OURS 2019), Colombo, Sri Lanka; 2019.
Madubashetha, H., Wickramasinghe, S., De Silva, N., Warnakula, L. And Cooray, R*. (2019) ‘In Vitro Expression of CtsK Gene in Bacterial Expression System, Escherichia coli’, EdHat International Research Conference on Technology and Innovation (IRCTECiN 2019), Colombo, Sri Lanka; 2019.
Madubashetha, H., Wickramasinghe, S., De Silva, N., Warnakula, L. and Cooray, R*. (2019) ‘Optimization of a Protocol for the Extraction of DNA from Human Blood for the Isolation and Expression of the Human Gene CtsK, in Bacterial Expression System, Escherichia coli’, University of Ruhuna Faculty of Allied Health Sciences 2nd Research Symposium (RuFARS 2019), Galle, Sri Lanka; 2019.
Cooray, R*. Madubashetha, H., Wickramasinghe, S., De Silva, N., Warnakula, L., Y. Dissanayake (2019) ‘Association of the Enzymatic Activity of Human Cathepsin K with the Onset and Progression of Cancers in Human- A Review’, University of Ruhuna Faculty of Allied Health Sciences 2nd Research Symposium (RuFARS 2019), Galle, Sri Lanka; 2019.
Dhanuka, A.D., Kanishka, A.S., Cooray, R., Hapuarachchi, N., Warnakula, L. and Harischandra, I.N. (2018) ‘Review of taxonomy, molecular systematics and conservation status of endemic skink genus Lankascincus (Squamata: Scincidae)’, Open University International Research Sessions (iOURS 2018), The Open University of Sri Lanka; 11/2018.
Nirmali, R., Warnakula, L., Cooray, R., Hapuarachchi, N. and Magamage, M.P.S. (2019) ‘Effect of Exogenous Oestrogen Treatment on the Gonadal Oestrogen Receptor ɑ Expression in Male Chickens (Gallus domesticus)’, International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment (ISAE 2019), Ruhuna University, Matara, Sri Lanka; 02/2019.
Nirmali, R., Warnakula, L., Cooray, R., Hapuarachchi, N. and Magamage, M.P.S. (2018) Effect of exogenous oestradiol on the gonadal morphology and morphometry of the male chickens (Gallus domesticus). Proceedings of Jaffna University International Conference (2018), Jaffna University, Sri Lanka; 09/2018.
Nirmali, R., Warnakula, L., Cooray, R., Hapuarachchi, N. and Magamage, M.P.S. (2018) Determination of testicular Estrogen receptor α expression of male chickens (Gallus domesticus) with age. Proceedings of Wayamba International Conference (WinC) 2018 At: Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Kuliyapitiya, Sri Lanka; 08/2018.
Nirmali, R., Warnakula, L., Cooray, R., Hapuarachchi, N. and Magamage, M.P.S. (2018) Comparison of DNA isolation and dominant and co-dominant molecular markers to reveal the genetic sex of Gallus domesticus (Domestic chickens). Proceedings of 2nd International Research Symposium of Uva Wellassa University (2018), Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka; 02/2018.
Nirmali, R., Warnakula, L., Cooray, R., Hapuarachchi, N. and Magamage, M.P.S. (2017). Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Optimization of Sex Chromosome Linked CHD Gene for Genetic Sexing of Domestic Chickens (Gallus domesticus) (2017). Proceedings of the 7th Annual Research Session of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka 2017. Belihuloya: Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, 11/2017.
Madubashetha, H., Wickramasinghe, S., De Silva, N., Warnakula, L. and Cooray, R*. (2019) ‘Molecular cloning and expression of a selected catalytic domain of human cathepsin K gene (CtsK) in Top10 Escherichia coli system’, Colombo Medical Congress 2020 (CMC2020), Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka;2020.
Madubashetha, H., Wickramasinghe, S., De Silva, N., Warnakula, L. and Cooray, R*. (2019) ‘Development of an Optimized Protocol for Human DNA Extraction and Polymerase Chain Reaction for the Isolation and Amplification of the Human Gene CtsK for Expression in Bacterial Expression System, Escherichia coli’, Rajarata International Research Conference of Rajarata University (RIRC 2019), Mihintale, Sri Lanka; 2019.
Madubashetha, H., Wickramasinghe, S., De Silva, N., Warnakula, L. and Cooray, R*. (2019) ‘A Review on Molecular Functional and Structural Characterization of Human Cysteine Cathepsins in Bacterial Expression Systems’, University of Ruhuna Faculty of Allied Health Sciences 2nd Research Symposium (RuFARS 2019), Galle, Sri Lanka; 2019.
Madubashetha, H., Wickramasinghe, S., De Silva, N., Warnakula, L. and Cooray, R*. (2019) ‘Development of an Optimized Protocol for Human DNA Extraction and PCR Amplification of the CtsK Gene for Downstream Development of Biopharmaceuticals, Enzyme Inhibitors and Inducers for Cathepsin K’, International Health Conference of University of Sri Jayewardenapura (IHC 2019), Colombo, Sri Lanka; 2019.
Madubashetha, H., Dissanayake, Y., Piyasiri, L., Wickramasinghe, S., De Silva, N., Warnakula, L. and Cooray, R*. (2019) ‘Optimization of a Protocol for The Extraction of DNA from Human Blood for the Isolation and Expression of the Human Gene CtsK, in Bacterial Expression System, Escherichia Coli’, Proceedings of the Postgraduate Institute of Science Research Congress, Sri Lanka (RESCON 2019), Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; 2019.
Cooray, R*., Dissanayake, Y., Hapuarachchi, N.S. and Warnakula, L. (2019) ‘Identification of Vectors for in vivo Protein Overexpression in Introducing Drought Resistance’, International Research Conference of Uva Wellassa University (IRCUWU 2019), Badulla, Sri Lanka; 02/2019.
Withana, W.V.E., Hapuarachchi, N.S., Cooray, R., Dissanayake, Y., and Warnakula, L., (2019) ‘Importance of Genetic Diversity and Phytochemical Assessment of Madhuca spp. in Sri Lanka: A Review’, International Research Conference of Uva Wellassa University (IRCUWU 2019), Badulla, Sri Lanka; 02/2019.
Warnakula, L., Cooray, R., Hapuarachchi, N.S., Jayaweera, K. and Sumathipala, A. (2018). Initial validation of zygosity determination questionnaire for Sri Lankan twins using STR analysis of 15 unlinked loci and the gender-determining marker amelogenin. Proceedings of 131st Anniversary International Medical Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association (2018), Sri Lanka; 07/2018.
Cooray, R*., Hapuarachchi, N.S., and Warnakula, L. (2018). Overexpression of different E. coli strains for industrial scale drug development in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of 2nd International Research Symposium of Uva Wellassa University 2018. Badulla: Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka; 02/2018
Hapuarachchi, N.S., Warnakula, L., Cooray, R., Dayarathne, D.A.R.K. and Safeena, M.I.S. (2018). Agricultural, economical and ecological importance of Phonix pusilla (Ceylon date palm) and its future research perspectives. Proceedings of 2nd International Research Symposium of Uva Wellassa University 2018. Badulla: Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka, 02/2018.
Honors and Awards
Best Oral Presenter Award – All categories; International Research Symposium, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (RuFARS2019).
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