Dr Chamari Hettiarachchi obtained BSc Honors (Botany), 1996 from University of Colombo and PhD (Plant Molecular Biology & Biochemistry) (2003) from (International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Cell and Molecular Biology (2004 -2006) and Visiting Scientist at Department of Biological and Environmental Science, (2011-2012) University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her specialization is in plant Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Microbiology and Natural product chemistry and she has more than twenty publications in indexed international journals in the area of her specialization. At present, she is attached to the Department of Chemistry, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka as a senior lecturer.