Griffith University

Dayani Senadeera

Name: Dayani Senadeera
Position: PhD Student
Research Area: Natural Products Drug Discovery
Qualifications: B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., MRSC

Biography: Dayani obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Kelaniya in 1996 and completed her Master’s Degree in Chemical Biology at Chulabhorn Graduate Institute, Thailand in 2012. She is currently studying her PhD with both Professor Tony Carroll (Natural Products Chemistry) and Professor Vicky Avery (Discovery Biology). Her PhD project focuses on isolating b-triketone molecules from Australian Myrtacea plants and evaluating their antimalarial and antibacterial activities against drug resistant pathogens.


Senadeera, S. P. D.; Wiyakrutta, S.; Mahidol, C.; Ruchirawat, S.; Kittakoop, P. A novel tricyclic polyketide and its biosynthetic precursor azaphilone derivatives from the endophytic fungus Dothideomycete sp. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2012, 10(35):7017-7228.

Sureram, S.; Senadeera, S. P. D.; Hongmanee, P.; Mahidol, C.; Ruchirawat, S.; Kittakoop, P. Antimycobacterial activity of bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloids from Tiliacora triandra against multidrug-resistant isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2012; 22 (8): 2902-2905.

Senadeera, S. P. D., Wijayarathna, C. D., Weerasinghe, I. S., Kulatunga, K. A. K. C. Antibacterial and Larvicidal Activities of Sri Lankan Endemic Plant, Vateria copallifera. Pharmacognosy Journal, January 2011, Vol 1, Issue 19, 75-81.


Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship – 2013

Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship – 2013

Thailand government scholarship to follow Master’s Degree in Chemical Biology at Chulabhorn Graduate Institute, Bangkok, Thailand -2010