is a multi-faceted institution and our activities can be broadly
categorized into the following areas;
diagnosis of infectious diseases, genetic disorders and cancer
DNA typing for paternity testing and forensic casework
Teaching of basic to advanced Molecular Biology
Training of personnel involved in Gene Technology
Genetech is a sole
proprietorship, (registration no. WA 43231).
It is centrally
located in Colombo 8. It is a fully equipped facility which meets
international quality standards. It employs highly qualified personnel who
are trained in their various specialties, and will also outsource experts
with a proven record, from academia.
Genetech is headed by Dr.
Maya B. Gunasekera,
who obtained her doctorate from the National Institute of Medical
Research, UK., and was a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry and Molecular
Biology at the University of Colombo, She was responsible for
introducing Molecular Biology and Gene Technology to the curriculum of the
Faculty of Science, University of Colombo.
She was the Chairperson for the Working Committee for Biotechnology
at the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka, and has obtained numerous
felicitations for her achievements in scientific research, including the
Presidential Research Bonus award, and the National Science Foundation
Merit award for Biotechnology and the University of Colombo award for
Excellence in Research. She has pioneered the use of DNA testing in
forensic casework in Sri Lanka, and has been involved in every DNA typing
test done in Sri Lanka. Recently she also developed a new molecular method
for diagnosis of dengue.
DNA typing services of
Genetech will be conducted by Senior Scientist Dr.
who has a doctorate in Molecular Biology, specifically in the field of
forensic DNA typing. Dr. Fernandopulle, for his doctoral research,
developed the human population databases for Sri Lanka.
Dr. Fernandopulle has also been directly involved in almost all DNA
typing tests done in Sri Lanka. He received the Postgraduate Research
award from the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science.
disease diagnostic methods are based on the latest knowledge of
genomics, and bioinformatics. We employ the newest molecular methods,
which are proven to be more sensitive, accurate and reliable than
conventional methods of testing. We provide diagnostic services for
bacterial, viral, and parasitic infectious
diseases, genetic disorders, biochemical disorders, and predictive cancer
screening. All our services will be subjected to a process of
development, optimization and validation. There is no other such facility
for Molecular Diagnostics in Sri Lanka.
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Our DNA typing services are
provided by the only experts available in Sri Lanka in the field of
forensic haemogenetics. They are the pioneers in DNA
typing in Sri Lanka, and have been involved in every DNA typing test
done in this country. DNA typing services are provided for a wide variety
of casework, including forensic identification in criminal
casework, and parentage testing.
Our teaching facility is
aimed at providing a comprehensive knowledge of basic to advanced
diagnostic molecular biology. This includes coursework by qualified
lecturers drawn from Genetech and also from the University system. The
teaching facility also provides well-structured practical training in the
latest laboratory methods in Molecular Biology, including hands-on
experience in nucleic acid extraction, purification, transfer techniques,
gene cloning, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), electrophoresis, and data
analysis, under the guidance of experienced and qualified instructors.
Our training program
extends beyond the initial coursework in Molecular Diagnostics, into
specialized areas where there are new applications, which require
Molecular Biology skills. These areas include methods of Molecular
Medicine for medical officers, Forensic DNA Typing for medico-legal
personnel, and Laboratory Management for technical officers.