The Department of Microbiology was established in 1993 and at present consists of 08 academic and 09 non-academic staff members. The Chair is held by Professor Sirimali Fernando. The Head of the Department is Professor Neluka Fernando.





Our mission is to provide the appropriate knowledge and skills in medical and clinical microbiology that would enable students to function as basic doctors when attending to patients with infective diseases or related disorders or when dealing with control of such diseases in the hospital and in the community.

We strive to provide opportunities to develop an attitude, which will improve communication and cooperation between members of the health-care team and the microbiology laboratory to optimize the microbiological services to the community, to develop self learning through student centered learning, to develop critical thinking and analytical skills, and to provide a supportive departmental environment with dedicated, enthusiastic and trained staff.




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

The Department of Microbiology is a recognized training centre for the Diploma in Medical Microbiology / Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo. The Department also offers M.Phil's & PhD's in Microbiology and Immunology.


Teaching Activities

Lectures, practicals and small group discussions (SGD’s) are conducted regularly by the academic staff members for the above mentioned degree prorammes.

Postgraduate students at work



The department is located on the third floor of the Anatomy building. It comprises a fully air-conditioned seminar room, equipped with multi-media facilities and has the capacity to accommodate 50 students. Several laboratories are located within the department, including a student laboratory that is shared with the Department of Parasitology, several research laboratories as well as a serology and molecular biology laboratory with dark room facilities. The Microbiology laboratory is one of the few state-of-the-art laboratories of its kind in Colombo.


Services to the Community

The department offers services in Bacteriology, Virology, Serology, and Molecular Biology to the Family Practice Centre and the professorial units of the Colombo South Teaching Hospital. Facilities are available to carry out culture and ABST in Bacteriology, culture in Mycology, Serology and Molecular Biology tests.