Mr Mithun Chamikara Mahawaththage Don

BSc. (Hons)
Postdoctoral Fellow

Mithun completed his Bachelor of Science honours (2014) at University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Before joining with ANU, he worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant at University of Peradeniya for two years in Plant Biotechnology. He started his PhD with Prof. Gottfried Otting in the field of Structural Biology and Protein NMR. He is interested in NMR studies of Viral proteins, Cell free protein synthesis and incorporation of unnatural amino acids to proteins.     


C Nitsche, MC Mahawaththa, W Becker, T Huber, G Otting (2017) Site-selective tagging of proteins by pnictogen-mediated self-assembly. Chemical Communications 53 (79), 10894-10897

Mithun Chamikara, Benjamin J.G. Pearce, Monika Szabo, Bim Graham, Christian D. Klein, Christoph Nitsche, Gottfried Otting (2017) Solution conformations of a linked construct of the Zika virus NS2B-NS3 protease. Antiviral research 142: 141-147

Aluwihare YC, Lelwala R, Dissanayake DRRP, Chamikara MDM, Sirisena DN, Samarasinghe WLG, Sooriyapathirana SDSS (2016) Quantitative genetic assessment of the phosphorus deficiency tolerance in selected F2 progenies of rice (Oryza sativa L.) genotypes in Sri Lanka. Tropical Agricultural Research. 28(1): 1–25

Jeyakumar DT, De Silva A, Dissanayake DRRP, Chamikara MDM, Sooriyapathirana SDSS (2016)Morpho-genetic Diversity and Anti-bacterial Activity in Root Extracts of Nine Solanaceous Species. Tropical Agricultural Research. 28(1): 64–87

Chamikara MDM, Dissanayake DRRP, Ishan M and Sooriyapathirana SDSS (2016) Dietary, Anticancer and Medicinal Properties of the Phytochemicals in Chili Pepper (Capsicum spp.). Ceylon Journal of Science (Biological Sciences) 45(3):5-20

Aluwihare YC, Lelwala R, Liyanarachchi P, Dissanayaka I, Karannagoda N, Chamikara MDM, Sirisena DN, Samarasinghe WLG, Yapa R, Weebadde C, Sooriyapathirana SDSS (2016) Screening of segregating F2 progenies and validation of DNA markers through bulk segregant analysis for phosphorous deficiency tolerance in rice, Ceylon Journal of Science 45(2) : 87-101

Dissanayake DRRP, Herath HMPD, Dissanayake MDMIM, Chamikara MDM, Jayakody MM, Amarasekara SSC, Kularathna KWTR, Karannagoda NNH, Ishan M, Sooriyapathirana SDSS (2016) The Length Polymorphism of the Locus psbA-trnH is Idyllic to Detect the Adulterations of Black Pepper with Papaya Seeds and Chili. Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 11(2): 74–87

Aluwihare YC, Chamikara MDM, Dissanayake MDMIM, Karannagoda NNH, Dayananda AGMLK, Sirisena DN, Samarasinghe WLG, Rajapakse RGSC and Sooriyapathirana SDSS (2016) Validation of K46, a Pup1-linked marker, using a selection of Sri Lankan rice (Oryza sativa L.) germplasm for marker assisted selection towards phosphorous deficiency tolerance. Ceylon Journal of Science (Biological Sciences) 44(2):45.

Herath HMPD, Chamikara MDM, Dissanayake DRRP, Dissanayake MDMIM, Ishan M, Rajapakse S and Sooriyapathirana SDSS (2016) A Comparative Assessment of the Antibacterial Activity in Fruit Juice of Sri Lankan Sweet Orange Cultivars vis a vis Sour Orange, The Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 11: 13-23

Aluwihare YC, Dissanayake DRRP, Karannagoda NNH, Chamikara MDM, Sooriyapathirana SDSS (2016) Importance of phosphorous to rice plant and marker assisted selection to produce phosphorous deficiency tolerant rice varieties in country specific breeding programmes - A review. Rajarata University Journal, Sri Lanka 4: 5-25.

Chamikara MDM, Ishan M, Dissanayaka DRRP, Sooriyapathirana SDSS (2015) Morphometric and DNA fingerprinting strategies for the detection of rice flour adulteration in chili powder, Rajarata University Journal, Sri Lanka. 3: 25-36.

Aluwihare YC, Ishan M, Chamikara MDM, Samarasinghe WLG, Weebadde CK, Sirisena DN, Sooriyapathirana SDSS (2015) Characterization and Selection of Phosphorus Deficiency Tolerant Rice Genotypes in Sri Lanka for Utilization as Parents in Breeding Programs, Rice Science. 23(4): 184-195.

Herath HMPD, Kasthuriarachchi VDW, Chamikara MDM, Ishan M, Somachandra KP, Dissanayake NBU, Iroshani RGS, Heenkenda HMS, Samaraweera P, Sooriyapathirana (2014) Morphological Characterization and Consumer Acceptance of Sweet Orange Cultivars vis-a-vis Sour Orange in Sri Lanka. Rajarata University Journal, Sri Lanka. 2: 50-57.

Chamikara MDM, Ishan M, Karunadasa SS, Perera MKDI, Rajapaksha PI, Lelwala RV, Kasthuriarachchi VDW, Jeyakumar DT, Weebadde CK and Sooriyapathirana SDSS (2014) Morphological and DNA marker analysis of fruit size and shape in selected accessions and commercial cultivars of Capsicum spp. in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies. 2 (1): 29-50.