The Department of Anatomy was established in 1993 and presently comprises 9 academic staff and 11 non-academic staff members.

Anatomy forms the basis for the practice of medicine. It leads the physician towards an understanding of a patient's disease whether by physical examination or using imaging techniques. It is also important in allied health programs in aspects of patient management that begin with an analysis of clinical signs.

Knowledge and skills in the field of macroscopic and microscopic Anatomy will enable medical graduates to practice medicine successfully and scientists to pursue a career in the discipline of Anatomy.


Participation in Undergraduate Training Programmes

We participate in the MBBS degree programme.

  • MBBS
  • B.Sc. (Human Biology) - General and Special
  • B.Sc. (Nursing)
  • B.Sc. (Pharmacy)
  • B.Sc. (Medical Laboratory Sciences)


Participation in Postgraduate Training Programmes

  • MPhil /PhD (Anatomy) by research


Teaching Activities

The department conducts lectures, tutorials, problem-based learning sessions and small group discussions for the above degree programmes. In addition, Histology practical sessions and cadaver dissection sessions are conducted for students who follow the MBBS degree programme.



The department is located on the ground, and first and top floors of the Anatomy Building and consists of the following:

  • Two cadaver dissection halls and body preservation area.
  • State of the art Histology Laboratory - fully equipped with over 50 microscopes
  • Model Room – comprising a collection of anatomy models and carefully selected x-ray, CT and MRI films which are available for student learning activities.
  • Research Laboratory.
  • Auditorium - fully equipped with multimedia and CCTV facilities with a seating capacity of 450.


Services to the Community

Name of Grant Purpose Start Year End Year
National Science Foundation An anatomical study of human skeletal remains from the excavation site in Bellanbadipalassa in Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka 2006 2008
National Science Foundation Incidence of Anitsperm Antibodies (ASA) and its association to sub fertility in couples undergoing Assisted Reproductive Technologies at a selected centre 2007 2008
National Science Foundation Study of genetic polymorphism in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer' s disease in Sri Lankan population with reference to presenilin 1 mutation & Apo E 2006 2009
IRQUE Micro array gene expression and cortical gray matter changes in treatment - Schizophrenia patients in Sri Lanka 2007 2009