Department of Public Health & Pharmacology

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science

Dr. H.M.Thusitha Kumara Karunarathna

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Dr. H.M.Thusitha Kumara Karunarathna

Lecturer (Probationary) in Veterinary Public Health

Office Address :

Department of Veterinary Public Health & Pharmacology

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science,

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya 20400, Sri Lanka

Email :  thusithakarunarathana@gmail.com
Phone :  +94 81 239 5760 (office)
Education :
  • BVSc (Peradeniya)
  • MSc (Peradeniya)
  • MACVSc
Research Interests:
  • Viral immunology, Zoonotic viral infections.
Publications(selected):
  • HMTK KARUNARATHNA, RAPM PERERA, VJ FANG, HL YEN, BJ COWLING AND JSM PEIRIS (2016). Serum anti-neuraminidase antibody (Anti-NA N1) responses in human pandemic H1N1 2009 influenza A virus infections and cross reactivity with seasonal H1N1 virus. Presented at Options IX for the control of influenza conference, Chicago, Illinois, USA held in 24th -28 August 2016. (Best poster presentation at symposium in the theme of Public Health)

  • HMTK KARUNARATHNA, JCC LAI, RAPM PERERA, HL YEN, BJ COWLING AND JSM PEIRIS (2016).Virus Like Particles (VLPs) expressing NA protein only as an antigen source for Enzyme Linked Lectin Assay (ELLA): Comparison with whole virus antigen. Presented at Options IX for the control of influenza conference, Chicago, Illinois, USA held in 24th -28 August 2016.

  • JCC LAI, HMTK KARUNARATHNA, HH WONG, JSM PEIRIS, JM NICHOLLS (2016) Enzymatic activity of Influenza NA is influenced by HA-receptor binding Presented at the TRS Symposium, The University of Hong Kong held in September 2016.

  • HMTK KARUNARATHNA, RAPM PERERA, JCC LAI, HL YEN, BJ COWLING AND JSM PEIRIS. (2015) Optimization and application of the Enzyme Linked Lectin Assay (ELLA) for detection of serum anti-neuraminidase antibodies to understand their kinetics, cross reactivity and protective role. Presented at the Postgraduate Research Symposium, The University of Hong Kong held in December 2015.