Dr. Gareth Williams
University College London
Speech Title : ‘ Nanoscale architectures from electrohydrodynamic processes, and their applications in drug delivery ‘
Gareth received a MChem (Hons) degree from the University of Oxford in 2002. He remained in Oxford for a DPhil (PhD) in materials chemistry working with Prof Dermot O’Hare, which was completed in 2005. Gareth then spent three years working in science programme management for the UK government, before returning to Oxford to take up a post-doctoral position in 2009. In September 2010 he joined London Metropolitan University as a Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Science, and in November 2012 was appointed to the UCL School of Pharmacy as a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in 2016 and recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2017.
Gareth leads a group of around 20 researchers working on a range of topics in drug delivery and vaccine formulation. His group is particularly interested in the use of inorganic and polymer based nanomaterials (particles and fibres) for improving the efficacy of vaccines, targeted drug delivery, and theranostics. Gareth is also the programme leader for the University College London MSc in Pharmaceutical Formulation & Entrepreneurship, and a co-director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Therapeutics and Nanomedicines.
Prof. G.R.A. Kumara
Prof. G. R. A. Kumara is a Research Professor in Material Processing and Device Fabrication project at the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Sri Lanka. He obtained his B.Sc. (1993) from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, M. Phil. (1997) from University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, and Ph.D. (2001) from Shizuoka University, Japan. Main topic of his research work has been focused on low-cost dye-sensitized solid-state and liquid-phase solar cells. He has published more than 100 papers in highly indexed international journals. His Research Publications received over 4500 citations with h-index 34. He has served in many institutions in Japan in various capacities, such as a Visiting Professor in Shizuoka University and Toyota Technological University, and as a Senior Scientist in SPD Laboratory. He is an Honorable Guest Professor in Research Institute of Electronics, Shizuoka University, Japan. He has been awarded MONBUSHO (1999), JST (2004) and JSPS (2006) Japanese Government Fellowship. He is a recipient of many recognized awards in Sri Lanka, namely Young Scientist Award (NSF) President’s Research Awards, NRC Merit Award and NSF SUSRED Awards.
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Prof. Nilanga Liyanage
Dr. Nilanga Liyanage, an experimental nuclear and particle physicist, is a professor of physics and the Associate Department Chair at the University of Virginia. As an undergraduate student in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Liyanage studied under several renowned experimental physicists including Prof. Jerome Friedman who received the Nobel prize for the experimental discovery of quarks and Prof. Rainer Weiss who received the Nobel prize last year for the discovery of gravitational waves. After completing his BS degree in 1993, Liyanage continued into the physics graduate program at MIT in the research area of experimental nuclear and particle physics. In 1999 he received his PhD in physics from MIT with a thesis related to the momentum and energy distributions of protons inside the oxygen-16 nucleus, under the guidance of Prof. William Bertozzi. After two years as a post-doctoral researcher at Thomas Jefferson Accelerator Laboratory (Jefferson Lab), the premier medium energy accelerator facility in the world, Dr. Liyanage joined the University of Virginia physics department in 2001 as an assistant professor. Dr. Liyanage has also served as the chair of the Jefferson Lab experimental Hall A collaboration and as a director of the Jefferson lab user’s group.
He received the United States Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator Award in 2003, and the University of Virginia All University Teaching award in 2006. He was promoted to the rank of Associate professor in 2007 and to the rank of professor in 2013. He has been the associate chairman of the physics department since 2015. Dr. Liyanage’s research interests include the study of the internal structure of protons/neutrons in terms of quark degrees of freedom, radiation tracking detector development and applications of nuclear physics in other areas of science. He is a spokesperson of several major experiments at Jefferson Lab and is the leader of the Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) tracker development and fabrication project at Jefferson lab.
Prof. P. Ravirajan
University of Jaffna
Prof. Rohini M. De Silva
University of Colombo