Prof. Sinnathamby Noble Surendran [Ph.D (Colombo)]

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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 

2014 – Chair Professor 

2020 – Senior Professor 

2012-2020 Professor in Zoology 

2005- 2011 Senior Lecturer in Zoology

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 

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


JP Marasinghe, SHPP Karunaratne, SN Surendran, KS Hemachandra and L Nugaliadde (2023). Insecticide resistance, resistance mechanisms and phylogeny of three Myzus persicae populations in cabbage from three agroclimatic zones of Sri Lanka. Tropical Agriculture Research, 34(2): 80-93. 

SHPP Karunaratne and SN Surendran (2022). Mosquito control: A review on the past, present and future strategies. J.Natn.Sci.Foundation Sri Lanka. 50 (Sp): 50, pp.277–292. DOI: 

SN Surendran, R Nagulan, A Tharsan, K Sivabalakrishnan, R Ramasamy (2022). Dengue Incidence and Aedes Vector Collections in Relation to COVID-19 Population Mobility Restrictions. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases 7(10), 287. 

Sharmintha, P., Gajapathy, K., Amarasinghe, A. A. K. P., & Surendran, S. N. (2022). Genetic diversity of Phlebotomus (Euphlebotomus) argentipes species complex in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Journal of Science, 51(3), 319–323. DOI: 

S. N. Surendran, L. Kesavan, T. T. P. Jayadas, K. Sivabalakrishnan, A. Tharsan, N. Liyanagedara, T. Eswaramohan, S. Raveendran, O. P. Singh, R. Ramasamy, (2022). Morphological and odorant-binding protein 1 gene intron 1 sequence variations in Anopheles stephensi from Jaffna city in northern Sri Lanka. Medical and Veterinary Entomology. DOI: 10.1111/mve.12595. 

S.N. Surendran, R. Nagulan, K. Sivabalakirshnan et al. (2022). Reduced dengue incidence during COVID-19 movement restrictions in Sri Lanka from March 2020 to April 2021. BMC Public Health. 22:388. 

P. Bharathy, S. Wijeyamohan, K. Suthakar & S. N. Surendran (2022). Vulnerability of land use/cover associated with human-wildlife conflicts in Mullaitivu District, Sri Lanka, Geocarto International, DOI: 10.1080/10106049.2022.2097480 

S. N. Surendran, T.T.P. Jayadas, V. Thiruchenthooran, V. et al. Aedes larval bionomics and implications for dengue control in the paradigmatic Jaffna peninsula, northern Sri Lanka. Parasites Vectors 14, 162 (2021). 

Ramasamy R, Thiruchenthooran V, Jayadas TT, Eswaramohan T, Santhirasegaram S, Sivabalakrishnan K, Naguleswaran A, Uzest M, Cayrol B, Voisin SN, Bulet P, Surendran SN. Transcriptomic, proteomic and ultrastructural studies on salinity-tolerant Aedes aegypti in the context of rising sea levels and arboviral disease epidemiology. BMC genomics. 2021 Dec;22(1):1-6. 

Sindhania A, Das MK, Sharma G, Surendran SN, Kaushal BR, Lohani HP, Singh OP. Molecular forms of Anopheles subpictus and Anopheles sundaicus in the Indian subcontinent. Malaria journal. 2020 Dec;19(1):1-7. 

Surendran SN, Jayadas TTP, Tharsan A, Thiruchenthooran V, Santhirasegaram S, Sivabalakrishnan K, et al. 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. Parasit Vectors. 2020;13:156. doi: 

Surendran SN, Senthilnanthanan M, Jayadas TTP, Karunaratne SHPP, Ramasamy R. Impact of salinization and pollution of groundwater on the adaptation of mosquito vectors in the Jaffna peninsula, Sri Lanka. Cey J Sci. 2020;49(2):135–15. 

S.N. Surendran, M. Senthilnanthanan, TTP Jayadas, SHPP Karunaratne, R. Ramasamy (2020). Impact of increasing salinization and pollution on the adaptation of mosquito vectors 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), control of vectors and detecting invasive mosquitoes. My recent focus is on biological and molecular characterization of dengue vectors adapting to salt environment employing NGS approaches. I also serve in the national expert committee on dengue vector control. 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.