Dr N Shirani Chandrasiri was inducted as the President of Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists on the 29th of February 2020 at the “ The Grand Ball room Galle Face Hotel Colombo. Professor Ajith De Silva Nagahawatte the outgoing president of the SLCM introduced Dr N Shirani Chandrasiri to the gathering.
Dr. SHIRANI CHANDRASIRI had her secondary education at Aluthgama Vidyalaya, Aluthgama where she was also the Head Girl. She had her undergraduate education at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna and graduated MBBS in 1991. She had a brilliant undergraduate career obtaining First Class honors in the 2nd MBBS, 2nd Class lower division honors in 3rd MBBS Part II and 2nd Class Upper Division honors in the final MBBS examinations and was ranked 18th in the all island merit order.
She served as a Temporary Demonstrator in Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna before commencing her internship at NHSL.
Dr Chandrasiri obtained Diploma in Medical Microbiology in 1997 and MD Medical Microbiology in the year 2001. She did her post MD overseas training in Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust, Dudley, West Midlands, United Kingdom in 2003. She was Board Certified as a Specialist in Medical Microbiology in January 2003.
She has served as Consultant Microbiologist, National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, Consultant Microbiologist Colombo North Teaching Hospital and Acting Consultant Microbiologist, Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila. She currently serves as the Consultant Microbiologist at Colombo South Teaching Hospital since Sep. 2005.
Dr. Chandrasiri is a Trainer and a Member of the Board of Study in Microbiology from 2006. She has been the Coordinator- Infection control module (MD) from 2011-2014 and MD coordinator in Medical Microbiology from April 2014- June 2017.
She is the Secretary Board of Study in Microbiology since 2017 until 2019 december and has served as a Member in the prospectus development committees of the Board of Study in Microbiology, PGIM.
Dr. Chandrasiri has been both an Examiner and the Chief Examiner for the MD in Medical Microbiology, Diploma in Medical Microbiology and Selection Examination for Diploma in Medical Microbiology of the PGIM. Dr. Chandrasiri has also served as an examiner for the Microbiology components of the examinations of the Board of Study in Pathology of the PGIM.
Dr Chandrasiri has contributed in curriculum development activities of the Faculties of Medicine in the Universities of Kelaniya and Sri Jayawardenepura and has been an external examiner for third year medical students in the Universities of Sri Jayawardenepura, Kelaniya, Ruhuna and at General Sir John Kotalawala Defense University.
Dr. Sharini Chandrasiri is a Member of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists since 1998 and a Council member from 2005-2014 (except the year 2011). She has been the Editor in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 and Served in the editorial board from its inception up to 2015 & 2017, she was Joint secretary of Sri Lanka College in 2012, Vice President in 2018 and President Elect in 2019.
She was the Secretary for the Antimicrobial surveillance project in first phase (2008-2010), Member in Antibiotic guideline core group, Member Antimicrobial Resistance core group of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists.
Dr. Chandrasiri is a Technical Assessor for the Sri Lanka Accreditation Board (SLAB) since 2016.
At National level she is a Member of the Task Force in Microbiology of the Ministry of Health, Serves in the Drugs evaluation Committee of the NMRA representing the College since 2016, Member of National Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance (NAC AMR) and Resource person in development of National guidelines in Leptospirosis, rifampicin and polymyxin B.
She was awarded the SAARC Fellowship in Laboratory Diagnosis of Some Common infectious disease Agents at International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh June/July 2002.
She attended the Advance course in Molecular Aspects of Diarrhoeal Pathogens at National Institute for Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata, India Nov/Dec 2004 and represented the Sri Lanka in ‘Informal consultation of national focal points on antimicrobial resistance in New Delhi India-June 2015
Dr Chandrasiri has contributed to many of the publications of the SLCM and served in many guidelines development committees of the SLCM. She has been an invited guest speaker of the Annual Scientific Sessions of the SLCM, SLMA and other professional associations.
She has numerous publications to her credit and has presented her research both as oral and poster presentations.
She is also a reviewer for the Research project proposals and dissertations of the Board of Study in Microbiology, PGIM, Research project proposals of National Research Council, Sri Lanka, Research project proposals Research Committee, Medical Research Institute, Research project proposals Ethics Review Committee Sri Jayawardenepura University and Articles for African Journal of Medicine.