I have been working in the field of NMR spectroscopy for the last 25 years. I started my research career using a Varian 60 MHz electro magnet for the characterization and identification of antibacterial and insecticidal compounds from natural products at the University of Peradeniya, Srilanka. Then I moved to the University of Edinburgh to study the structural properties of Endothelin peptides using the then state of the art 600 MHz Varian spectrometer. Soon after completing my PhD degree at Edinburgh I accepted the NMR Scientist position at the UK national NMR centre. In 1999 I moved to the University College Dublin to start a new position at the Biological NMR centre in the Conway Institute where I still remain. Currently I am attached to the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science. I have keen interest on the NMR investigations and molecular modeling of biologically active peptides and its analogues. In addition my main research areas lie in the design and development of GIP and Endothelin receptor drugs, NMR studies of the metabolic functions of liver cells in different liver diseases, structure activity relationship studies of antimicrobial peptides for the development of new antimicrobial agents. I am an author of more then 100 research articles, short communications and conference proceedings. I have also managed to secure funds from variety of research funding bodies. Recently I organised the International NMR Conference, EUROMAR 2012 in University College Dublin on 1-5 July 2012. I am given the opportunity to organize prestigious EPS symposium and ICMRBS conference in Dublin in 2018. Research Links: SBBS Research | Biotechnology & Synthetic Biology Research in SBBS | Mechanisms of Disease Research in SBBS Chandralal Hewage, Conway, NMR, Ireland, UCD, University College Dublin, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Structural biology, modelling, diabetes, antimicrobial, protein, peptide, GIP structure, GPCR structure, postgraduate studies , postdoctoral, EUROMAR, EPS, ICMRBS, IUBMB. Recently I have organised two international meetings, ICMRBS-2018 conference at University College Dublin and 35EPS symposium at Dublin City University, August 2018.
- NMR ManagerUniversity College Dublin, Biological NMR Centre30 Dec 1999 - 30 Dec 1999
- Wellcome Trust Senior Research FellowUniversity College Dublin30 Dec 1999
- BBSRC Research FellowshipUniversity of Edinburgh, Scotland30 Dec 1999
- Parke Davis Research FellowshipUniversity of Edinburgh, Scotland30 Dec 1999
- NMR Scientist, UK National High-Field NMR CentreUniversity of Edinburgh, Scotland30 Dec 1999