Sinnathamby Noble Surendran [Professor]

Ph.D (Colombo)


Room No 17 , Second Floor, NSB-II building

Telephone:021-2218199; Fax: 021-2222685

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B.Sc Honours in Zoology (1994); University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Ph.D. (2005); University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Visiting Scholar in Medical Entomology (2012); University of Manchester, UK
Visiting Scholar in Insect Transformation (2014); University of Maryland-College Park, USA

Positions and Employment

2012 to date Professor in Zoology, University of Jaffna
2005- 2011 Senior Lecturer in Zoology, University of Jaffna
1998- 2004 Lecturer in Zoology, University of Jaffna
1997-1998 Research Assistant, Institute of Fundamental Studies, Sri Lanka
1996-1997 Assistant Lecturer in Zoology, University of Jaffna
1994-1995 Demonstrator in Zoology, University of Jaffna

Professional Qualification

Chartered Biologist (Sri Lanka)


Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES)


2019 NSF (Sri Lanka) awards: (i) Certificate of Commendation for the research project titled ‘Development of DNA based techniques to differentiate Anopheles culicifacies species B from species E and An.subpictus from An. sundaicus’ and  (ii) SUSRED award

2019 Prof Kandiah Balasubramanium Gold Medal. Awarded by the Jaffna Science Association

2013 National Science Foundation (Sri Lanka) Research Award.

2003 Postgraduate Research Award – 2003 awarded by Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS)

S.N. Surendran, M. Senthilnanthanan, TTP Jayadas, SHPP Karunaratne, R. Ramasamy (2020). Impact of increasing salinization and pollution on the adaptation of mosquito evctors in Jaffna Peninsula, Sri Lanka. Ceylon Journal of Science. 49(2): 135-150

S.N. Surendran, T. T. P. Jayadas, A. Tharsan, V. Thiruchenthooran, S. Santhirasegaram, K. Sivabalakrishnan, S. Raveendran, R. Ramasamy (2020). Anopheline bionomics, insecticide resistance and transnational dispersion in the context of controlling a possible recurrence of malaria transmission in Jaffna city in northern Sri Lanka. Parasites & Vectors, 13: 156. DOI:

T TP. Jayadas, T. Kumanan, V. Arasaratnam, Gajapathy,  SN Surendran (2019).  The clinical profile, hematological parameters and liver transaminases of Dengue NS1 Ag positive patients admitted to Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Sri Lanka. BMC Research Notes. 12(1):604.

S N. Surendran , TT P. Jayadas, K Sivabalakrishnan, S Santhirasegaram, K Karvannan, TC. Weerarathne, S HP. Parakrama Karunaratne, and Ranjan Ramasamy (2019). Development of the major arboviral vector Aedes aegypti in urban drain-water and associated pyrethroid insecticide resistance is a potential global health challenge. Parasites Vectors 12:337.

SN Surendran, JP Marasinghe, K Gajapathy, T Tharmatha, K Sivabalakrishnan, TC Weeraratne and SHPP Karunaratne (2019). Genotyping of Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) Reveals the Presence of Two Genetic Groups in Sri Lanka. Journal of Entomological Science 54(2): 87-93

SN Surendran, K Sivabalakrishnan, TC Weeraratne, A Thileepan, SHPP Karunaratne, R Ramasamy (2019). Susceptibility to common insecticides and detoxifying enzyme activities in Anopheles sundaicus sensu lato after cessation of indoor residual spraying of insecticides in the Jaffna peninsula and its surroundings in Northern Sri Lanka. Parasites & Vectors. 12:13.

SHPP Karunaratne,  WAPP De Silva, TC Weeraratneand, SN Surendran. (2018). Insecticide resistance in mosquitoes: Development, mechanisms and monitoring. Ceylon Journal of Science 47(4): 299-309.

Surendran, S.N., Sivabalakrishnan, K., Gajapathy, K., Arthiyan, S., Jayadas, T.T., Karvannan, K., Raveendran, S., Karunaratne, S.P. and Ramasamy, R., 2018. Genotype and biotype of invasive Anopheles stephensi in Mannar Island of Sri Lanka. Parasites & vectors11(1), p.3.

K Gajapathy, T Tharmasegaram, T Eswaramohan, LBSL Peries, R Jayanetti, S. N. Surendran. (2016). DNA barcoding of Sri Lankan phlebotomine sand flies using cytochrome c oxidase subunit I reveals the presence of cryptic species. Acta Tropica, 161: 1-7.

SN Surendran, N Truelove , DK. Sarma, PJ Jude, R Ramasamy, K Gajapathy , LBS Peiris, SH PP Karunaratne , C Walton (2015). Karyotypic assignment of Sri Lankan Anopheles culicifacies species B and E does not correlate with cytochrome oxidase subunit I and microsatellite genotypes. Parasites & Vectors, 8:327

SN Surendran, DK Sarma, PJ Jude, P Kemppainen, N Kanthakumaran, K Gajapathy , LBS Peiris, R Ramasamy and C Walton.. (2013). Molecular characterization and identification of members of the Anopheles subpictus complex in Sri Lanka. Malaria Journal 12: 304

K Gajapathy, LBS Peiris, SL Goodacre, A Silva, PJ Jude, SN Surendran. (2013). Molecular identification of potential leishmaniasis vector species within the Phlebotomus (Euphlebotomus) argentipes species complex in Sri Lanka. Parasites & Vectors 6:, 302

SHPP Karunarate, TC Weerarathne, DMK Perera, SN Surendran (2013). Insecticide resistance and, efficacy of space spraying and larviciding in the control of dengue vectors Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in Sri Lanka. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology, 107 (1): 98-105.

I have a broad background in Zoology, with specific training and expertise in medical and molecular entomology. My research includes developing diagnostic assays to distinguish vectors of human diseases and screening vectors for pathogens (malaria, dengue and leishmaniasis) and the control of vectors. My recent focus is on genetic manipulation of insect vectors and isolating plant derived molecules that have insecticidal property and anti-pathogen activities. Apart from research involvement I am coordinating a course unit on Nano-biotechnology for B.Sc applied science students in collaboration with Departments of Physics and Chemistry. I have successfully administered and completed several research projects (staffing, budget etc), collaborated with other researchers and produced several peer-reviewed publications. I have also served as advisor/supervisor of graduate students worked for M. Sc, M.Phil and Ph.D programs.