Department of
Basic Sciences

Faculty of Dental Sciences

Faculty of Dental Sciences

University of Peradeniya

Prof. J.A.C.K. Jayawardana

Professor in Anatomy



Official Address :

Department of Basic Science,
Faculty of Dental Sciences,
University of Peradeniya,
Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka


Email :

chanthaj@yahoo.com


Telephone :

+94-081-2397237


Personal Website :






Professor in Anatomy, Dept of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya

  • Ph.D - (Dental Sciences) Tokyo Medical & Dental University Tokyo, Japan
  • BDS with Second Class Honours, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Temporary Assistant Lecturer – Department of Oral Surgery, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 1994
  • Lecturer probationary Department of Basic Sciences Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 1994 -2002
  • Senior Lecturer in Anatomy Department of Basic Sciences Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2002-2014
  • Professor in Anatomy Department of Basic Sciences Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka-2014 to now
  • Presidential Awards for Research 2003
  • Presidential Awards for Research 2004
  • Presidential Awards for Research 2006
  • Presidential Awards for Research 2009
  • Merit Awards for Research 2012, 2013
  • Academic Fellowship Award from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the United Kingdom in 2009-2010.
  • Best poster (2nd runner) at the College of Dentistry and Stomatology of Sri Lanka 17th Annual Academic Congress and first Japan Sri Lanka Bilateral Dental Congress 2003.
  • Commendable Research Paper at the Annual Scientific Research Session of University of Peradeniya 2003
  • Scholarship award from the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports & Culture of Japan 1998- 2002
  • Scholarship award under “Young Researchers' Project in Medicine and Dentistry – Establishing a Network of Health Care Professionals in Southeast Asia” by Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Acting Director- Unit for Development of Dental Education (UDDE), Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Convener, E-learning unit and Library committee, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Examiner – MD Selection Examinations (Maxillofacial surgery, Orthodontics, Restorative Dentistry, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka) -2009 -to now
  • Senior student counsellor – Faculty of Dental Sciences 2004 & 2014
  • General secretary of the Alumni Associations of University of Peradeniya (Parent body) for the years 2012/2013 and 2013/2014, Vice President 2014/2015
  • External Examiner –Faculty of Medical and Allied Sciences, University of Rajarata, Sri Lanka (2007-2013) and Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya (2010-2011)
  • External examiner in Anatomy of the 2nd MBBS examination – Faculty of Medicine, University Peradeniya.
Visiting Appointments
  • Visiting lecturer at the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Visiting Lecturer at Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University Peradeniya (Teaching, supervising and evaluation of undergraduate research projects.)
  • Visiting Lecturer at Faculty of Medical and Allied Sciences, University of Rajarata, Sri Lanka
  • Innovative teaching methods and e- earning technology
  • Learning habits (approaches) of students
  • Craniofacial development- odontogenesis and osteogenesis
  • Morphometric studies
  • Member, Speciality Board of Study (Anatomy), Postgraduate Institute of Colombo, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Visiting Commonwealth Fellow - Kings college London (2009 to 2010)
  • A member of the Editorial Team of the
  • “International Journal of Dental Research”
    “The Journal of Dentist”
    “Peertechz Journal of Forensic Science and Technology”
  • Resource person of the training workshop on “Blended Learning using Moodle and Web blog” conducted for the academic staff of the Faculty of Dental Sciences under the HETC/UDG/ICT Project – 24th July 2013.
  • Resource person of the User Awareness seminar on Resources and Retrieval of Health Information -11th February 2014.
  • Guest lecture “Role of Cholinesterase on Tooth Development” Faculty of Dentistry, International Islamic University of Malaysia 2011.
  • Herath C, Jayawardena C, Nagarathne N, Perera K . Characteristics and sequelae of erupted supernumerary teeth: A study of 218 cases among Sri Lankan children. J Investig Clin Dent. 2016; Dec 19. doi: 10.1111/jicd.12250.
  • Jayawardena JACK, Hewapathirana TN, Bannaheka S, Ihalagedera D. Association of learning approaches with academic performance of Sri Lankan dental students. Teach Learn Med 2013; 25: 334-341 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10401334.2013.827978#.U0TNmPmSw sc
  • Jayawardena KAS, Silva KT, Jayawardena CK, Samarakoon S. Behavioural risk factors of men associated with transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Sri Lanka. WHO South- East Asia Journal of Public Health 2012; 1:69-75 (http://www.searo.who.int/LinkFiles/SEAJPH_SEAJPH-1-9.pdf)
  • Nandasena TL, Jayawardena CK, Tilakaratne WM, Nanayakkara CD. Distribution pattern of cholinesterase enzymes in human tooth germs. Arch Oral Biol 2010; 55:561-569 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20627235)
  • Jayawardena C, Nandasena T, Abeywardena A, Nanayakkara D. Regional distribution of interglobular dentine in human teeth. Arch Oral Biol 2009; 54:1016- 21. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19782342)
  • Jayawardena CK, Abesundara AP, Nanayakkara DC, Chandrasekara MS. Agerelated changes in crown and root length in Sri Lankan Sinhalese. J Oral Sci 2009; 51:587- http://jos.dent.nihon- u.ac.jp/journal/51/4/587.pdf
  • Jayawardena CK, Takano Y. Nerve-epithelium interrelation in the periodontal ligament of guinea pig teeth. Arch Oral Biol 2006; 51: 587-595 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16510117)
  • Jayawardena CK, Takano Y. Histochemical localization of cholinesterase activity in the dental epithelium of guinea pig teeth. Anat Embryol 2004; 208: 281-287 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15224211)
  • JayawardenaCK,TakahashiN,andTakanoY. Aunique localization of mechanoreceptors in the periodontal tissue of guinea pig teeth. Arch. Histol. Cytol. 2002; 65: 233- 244. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12389662)
  • Jayawardena CK, Takahashi N, Watanabe E and Takano Y. On the origin of intrinsic matrix of acellular extrinsic fiber cementum: Studies on growing cementum pearls of normal and bisphosphonate-affected guinea pig molars. Eur J Oral Sci 2002; 110: 261–269. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12120713)