Department of Public Health & Pharmacology

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science

DRMadhavi

Dr. Madhavi H. Hathurusinghe

Head of the Department

Senior Lecturer 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 :  madhaviha@yahoo.com , madhavih@pdn.ac.lk
Phone :  081 2395761 (Office) 071 2907646
Education :
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. (1995 –2000)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2001-2004)-Thesis title: Establishment of modified screening tests to detect antimicrobial residues in poultry meat, shrimp and feed.
  • PhD in Energy and Environmental Systems (Interdisciplinary programme), North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA GPA 4.0/4.0 (2009-2014). Dissertation: Impact of rodenticides on the acidic and enzymatic coagulation properties of milk

  • Member of the team which won the first place in Livestock and Fisheries Sector of the National Awards for Excellence in Agricultural Research 2017 awarded by the Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy, Ministry of Agriculture for the research conducted on “Establishment of Methods to Ensure Chemical and Microbial Safety of Food of Animal Origin.”.
  • Wadaran L. Kennedy 4.0 GPA Scholars award (2009-2013)
  • Fellowship awarded by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to train on ELISA technique for detecting chloramphenicol residues in food in Agri Food and Bioscience Institute, Veterinary Sciences Division, Belfast, United Kingdom. (May-July 2007).
  • - Travel award to attend International Training Course on Principals of Toxicology conducted by Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand (January 10-February 28, 2005).
  • - Travel award to participate in the 3rd FAO/IAEA Research Co-ordination Meeting from 11th -15th April 2005 held at Hotel Pyramide Palace, Natal, Brazil and to present the “Current status of Residue Monitoring Program in Sri Lanka”.



Veterinary Public Health, Food Safety and Quality Assurance to Veterinary undergraduate students .



  • Monitoring and surveillance of chemical residues in food of animal origin
  • Quality and safety of milk and dairy products.
  • Probiotics and their applications in food industry
  • Environmental contaminants and water quality

  • Peer Reviewed Publications

    • Hathurusinghe Madhavi H., Gunasena Ruwan and Abeynayake Preeni (2016). Establishment of a single plate assay for the detection of antimicrobial residues in feed. International Journal of Chemical, Environmental & Biological Sciences (IJCEBS) 4, 2 130-133.
    • Hathurusinghe M. H, and Ibrahim S.A. (2012). Survival and growth of yogurt culture in MRS broth in the presence of selected rodenticides. Milk science international, 67,1, 51-54.
    • Madhavi H. Hathurusinghe, and Salam A. Ibrahim (2015). Influence of brodifacoum and bromadiolone on growth of yogurt culture in milk (Accepted to publish). International Journal of Dairy Technology, 69, 1 51-56.

    Selected Peer Reviewed conference proceedings
    • M. H. Hathurusinghe, and S. A. Ibrahim (2011). Sensitivity of lactic acid bacteria as a biomarker to detect rodenticides in milk. Annual meeting, International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), July 31- August 3, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
    • M. H. Hathurusinghe, and S. A. Ibrahim (2011), Sensitivity of lactic acid bacteria as a biomarker to detect rodenticides in milk. Agent Webinar of National Center for Food Protection and Health (NCFPD), June 8.
    • M. H. Hathurusinghe, S. A. Ibrahim, R. Gyawali, M. Tajkarimi and D. Song (2011). Lactic acid bacteria could be applied as a biomarker to detect rodenticides in milk. Association of Research Directors (ARD) Conference, April 9-13, Atlanta, GA, USA.
    • M. H. Hathurusinghe, S. A. Ibrahim, R. Gyawali, and D. Song (2011). Lactic acid bacteria as a biomarker to detect rodenticides in milk. American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition, March 27-31, Anaheim, California, USA. .
    • M. H. Hathurusinghe, S. A. Ibrahim1, R. Gyawali and A. Elamin (2011). Sensitivity of lactic acid bacteria as a biomarker to detect toxins in milk. USDA Graduate Student Research Symposium, February, Maryland, USA.
    • M. H. Hathurusinghe, Valerie L. Giddings and S. A. Ibrahim (2011). Sensitivity of lactic acid bacteria as a biomarker to detect rodenticides in milk. Annual meeting, North Carolina Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NCAFCS), March 6-9, Sunset Beach, NC USA,.
    • Hathurusinghe, M. H., Abeynayake, P., Piyankarage, R.H., and Gunasena, A.R.C. (2006) “Establishment of Modified European Union Six Plate Test (SPT) for Screening of Antimicrobial Residues in Broiler Meat and Shrimp in Sri Lanka” in proceedings of International Symposium and 5th Annual Conference of Indian Association of Veterinary Public Health Specialists, held on October 12th – 14th at Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India Pp 135-136.
    • Jagoda, S.S.S. de S., Hathurusinghe, M.H. and Piyankarage, R.H. (2006) “Screening of Village chicken derived from Gall district for antimicrobial residues” in proceedings of the Faculty Day 2006, June 3rd Pp 11.
    • Gamage V.S., Piyankarage R.H., Abeynayake P., Hathurusinghe M.H. and Gunasena A.R.C. (2004). “ Screening for chloramphenicol residues in shrimp exports from Sri Lanka” in proceedings of the Annual research sessions, University of Peradeniya, Vol.9 November 10th Pp 207.
    • Hathurusinghe M.H., Piyankarage R.H., Abeynayake P. and Gunasena A.R.C. (2003), “Development of a single plate assay for screening of antibacterial substances in animal feeds” in proceedings of the Annual research sessions, University of Peradeniya, Vol.8 October 23rd Pp 212
    • Hathurusinghe M.H., Piyankarage R.H., Abeynayake P. and Jayaweera W. (2002), “Establishment of a screening test for antibiotic residues in animal products” in proceedings of the Annual research sessions, University of Peradeniya Pp 155.
    • Hathurusinghe M.H., Piyankarage R.H., Abeynayake P. and Jayaweera W. (2001), “A preliminary study detecting antibiotic residues in fresh milk” in proceedings of the Annual research sessions, University of Peradeniya Pp 172.
    • S.A.I.C.Subhasinghe, H.M.T.K.Karunaratha, S.P.Kodithuwakku, H.M.H.N.Bandara, R.S.Kalupahana, K.S.A.Kottawatta (2018). Biofilm and planktonic cells of Escherichia coli and their antimicrobial resistance pattern. Presented at the 11th Asia Pacific Poultry Conference, 25-27 March 2018, Thailand
    Invited Lectures
    • “Probiotics, their health benefits and applications in the food industry” in the Sri Lankan Society for Microbiology Kandy Chapter meeting on 2nd December 2016 held at Centre for Aquatic Animal Disease Diagnosis and Research (CAADDR), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of Peradeniya.
    • “Possibilities of Antimicrobial residues entering the food chain” in the theme seminar of 58th Annual Convention of the Sri Lanka Veterinary Association held on 26th May 2006 at Hotel Tourmaline, Kandy Sri Lanka.