Professor P A Nimal Punyasiri is Professor and Chair of Biochemistry at the Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Colombo. He is a graduate of the Institute of Chemistry Sri Lanka and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Biochemistry and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Peradeniya. He has carried out part of his doctoral research at the Technical University Munich and at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK and Fellow of the Institute of Chemistry Sri Lanka. He was a Senior Research Officer attached to the Biochemistry Division, Tea Research Institute of Sri Lanka for 28 years. He was also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Chemical Ecology Section, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden and Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Colombo. He has also worked at the Nature`s Beauty Creations Ltd (Nature`s Secrets) as Director – Research and Development and Head of Plant Research Centre.
Professor Punyasiri has over 30 peer-reviewed publications to his credit. He has received 13 National Awards for his research which include 6 Presidential Awards. He was the recipient of the Kandiah Memorial Award of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon.
Prof. Punyasiri delivered the Gold Medal lecture on “Metabolite profiling of the Sri Lankan tea (Camellia sinensis L.) germplasm” at the 47th Annual Sessions.