Postdoctoral research associate with experience in plant biology, plant biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics. Publication record includes phenotypic, photobiological and biochemical analyses and identification of molecular and cellular bases of light-regulated plant development. Self-motivated individual with leadership skills, ability to communicate persuasively, write and plan strategically. Seeking an opportunity as a Ph.D. scientist within a cross-functional industrial setting with specific interests in project management and gene discovery for yield enhancement.
Mutagenesis, development of transgenic plant lines, genotyping and characterization
Molecular biology methods such as cloning, sub-cloning, vector construction, PCR amplification and RT-PCR
Biochemical methods including heterologous protein expression, protein purification, Western blots, immunohistochemistry and ELISA
Gene expression analysis including microarray, qPCR and RNA-seq
Imaging software: Zeiss LSM 510 Meta and Olympus FluoView FV1000
General software: Adobe Photoshop, EndNote and Microsoft Office
Oh S*, Warnasooriya SN*, Montgomery BL, Downstream Effectors of Light- and Phytochrome-dependent Regulation of Hypocotyl Elongation in Arabidopsis thaliana, Plant Molecular Biology, 2013, (81):627-640 (*authors contributed equally) Costigan SE*, Warnasooriya SN*, Humphries, BA and Montgomery BL, Root-localized Phytochrome Chromophore Synthesis is Required for Photoregulation of Root Elongation and Sensitivity to Jasmonic Acid in Arabidopsis thaliana, Plant Physiology, 2011, (157): 1138-1150 (*authors contributed equally) Warnasooriya SN and Montgomery BL, Spatial-specific Regulation of Root Development by Phytochromes, Plant Signaling and Behavior, 2011, (6): 2047-2050 Warnasooriya SN and Montgomery BL, Using Transgenic Modulation of Protein Synthesis and Accumulation to Probe Protein Signaling Networks in Arabidopsis thaliana, Plant Signaling and Behavior, 2011 (6): 1312-1321 Warnasooriya SN, Porter KJ and Montgomery BL, Tissue- and Isoform-Specific Phytochrome Regulation of Light-Dependent Anthocyanin Accumulation in Arabidopsis thaliana, Plant Signaling and Behavior, 2011, (6): 624-631 Warnasooriya SN and Montgomery BL, Investigating Tissue- and Organ-specific Phytochrome Responses using FACS-assisted Cell-type Specific Expression Profiling in Arabidopsis thaliana, Journal of Visualized Experiments, 2010, (39) https://www.jove.com/index/details.stp?id=1925, doi: 10.3791/1925 Warnasooriya SN and Montgomery BL, Detection of Spatial-Specific Phytochrome Responses Using Targeted Expression of Biliverdin Reductase in Arabidopsis, Plant Physiology, 2009, (149): 424-433 Warnasooriya SN and Montgomery BL, Spatial-specific Phytochromes Regulate Stress-induced Anthocyanin Accumulation in Arabidopsis thaliana, (manuscript in preparation) Warnasooriya SN*and Brutnell TP, Increasing Biomass Yield in Second Generation Bioenergy Grasses Under High Density Plantings, Frontiers in Plant Biotechnology (review in preparation).
1 2010Michigan State University － East Lansing, MIDoctor of PhilosophyGeneticsGenetics Advisor: Dr. Beronda L. Montgomery
Dissertation title: Tissue- and organ-specific phytochrome-mediated responses in Arabidopsis thaliana
1 2004University of ColomboBachelor of Science (Honors)Sri Lanka Plant BiotechnologyGPA: Graduated with First Class Honors (equivalent to summa cum laudeSri Lanka Plant Biotechnology Graduated with First Class Honors (equivalent to summa cum laude
Postdoctoral Research Associate, 01/2012 － CurrentDonald Danforth Plant Science Center － Saint Louis, MO
Brutnell Characterizing density responses in Setaria viridis and Setaria italica Identifying candidate genes with agronomic importance to achieve high density plantings of bioenergy grasses using Setaria viridis and Zea mays as model systems Mapping of QTLs regulating density responses in Setaria viridis Creating ideotypes for accelerated research and development using Setaria viridis as a model for C4 crops.
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, 01/2011 － 12/2011MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University － East Lansing, MI
Identified candidate genes in phytochrome-mediated hypocotyl development under far-red light in Arabidopsis thaliana.
Graduate Research Assistant, 08/2005 － 12/2010Genetics Graduate Program, Michigan State University － East Lansing, MI
Identified several tissue-specific responses regulated by phytochromes.
Optimized Fluorescence-activated cell sorting-assisted gene expression profiling for transgenic lines with targeted phytochrome inactivation.
Assisted graduate students with phenotypic and photobiological analyses during laboratory rotations and supervised data analysis.
Trained and mentored undergraduate students to conduct independent research studies.
Adobe Photoshop, data analysis, ELISA, Imaging, laser, Microsoft Office, PCR, research, RT-PCR, scanning
AWARDS DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development, Genetics Society of America Anton Lang Graduate Student Award for Research Excellence, MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University Graduate Student Award, Sigma Xi, Michigan State University Chapter Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Michigan State University