Prof. E. Dilip de Silva

Senior Professor of Organic Chemistry, Chair in Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Natural Products Reserch Group 2015-2016

We have a group of talented and motivated researchers including doctoral students, masters students and undergraduates.

Endophytic Fungi

Endophytic Fungi lives within a plant for at least part of its life. They are capable of producing medicinaly importnat secondary metabolites.

Marine Algae

Sri Lanka being a tropical country provide habitats to a large number of marine algae. Secondary metabolites isolated from marine algae have shown a high level of pharmacological potential.


In bio-assay guided fractionation bio-assays are conducted against clinically important bacteria and fungi in each step of purification of extracts.


Current Students

Graduate Students
Pamoda Bhasini Ratnaweera (B.Sc.(Zoology) – 2007)

  • Ph.D candidate at the University of Colombo, collaborated with University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Lecturer at Uva Wellassa University, Badulla, Sri Lanka – on study leave
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Ranga Dissanayake (B.Sc. (Pharmacy) – 2011)

W. Sadin de Silva (B.Sc. (Chemistry, IChem) – 2011)

Kushan M. Ukwatta (B.Sc.(Chemistry) – 2012)

Asiri Senevirathna (B.Sc. – 2011)

Senthi Maaran (B.Sc. (Chemistry, IChem) – 2011)

Undergraduate Students

Chandika Amarasinghe

Gihan Dissanayake

Melani Fernando

Primali Navaratne