Department of
Basic Sciences

Faculty of Dental Sciences

Faculty of Dental Sciences

University of Peradeniya

Prof. C.D. Nanayakkara

Senior Professor in Anatomy



Official Address :

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


Email :

deepthinanayakkara@yahoo.com


Telephone :

+94-081-2397220


Personal Website :






Senior Professor in Anatomy

  • Dental Surgeon, Dental Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka - March 1981 to December 1981
  • Lecturer (probationary) in Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya from January 1982 to March 1988
  • Senior Lecturer in Anatomy in the Faculty of Medicine from March 1988 to September 2000
  • Senior Lecturer in Anatomy in the Faculty of Dental Sciences from September 2000 to December 2001
  • Professor in Anatomy, Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka from 2002 to 2009
  • Senior Professor in Anatomy, Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka from 2010 to date
  • Presidential Awards for Research 2006
  • Presidential Awards for Research 2009
  • Merit Award for Research, National Research Council, Sri Lanka, 2010
  • WHO Fellowship tenable in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore in 1985
  • Awards for commendable presentations at the Annual Research Sessions University of Peradeniya in 2001, 2002 and 2003
  • Award of a Research Support Fund of Rs 4 million from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, to develop an Anatomy Museum and a Plastination Unit
  • Visiting Professor, Nippon Dental University, Niigata, Japan from 2001/2002
  • Head, Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Dental Sciences from 2001 to 2006 and 2009 to 2010
  • Editor, Sri Lanka Dental Journal 1998-2003
  • Project Coordinator, Third Country Training Programme - Conducted by the JICA in collaboration with the Faculty of Dental Sciences in 2003
  • Project Coordinator, Technical Co-operation for Neighbouring Countries - Conducted by the JICA, 2002
  • Editor, Anatomical Society of Sri Lanka 2016-2017
  • Odontometric and craniofacial morphometric studies
  • Member, Board of Study in Dental Surgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo from 2001 to 2006
  • Member Board of Study in Basic Medical Sciences, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, Colombo, 2009-2015
  • Member of the Senate, University of Peradeniya from February 2001
  • Faculty Representative, Internal Quality Assurance Unit, University of Peradeniya
  • Member Specialty Board in Anatomy, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine , Colombo from 2009 to 2016
  • Ikuo Kageyama, Ken Yoshimura, Yoshihida Satoh, Chinthani D. Nanayakkara, Ranjith W. Pallegama, Shin-ichi Iwasaki. Proposal for research and education: joint lectures and practicals on central nervous system anatomy and physiology.The Journal of Physiological Science 2015; 65(6):483-489
  • Hewapathirana TN, Peiris HRD, Nanayakkara CD, Chandrasekara M, Wickramanayake E. Sexual dimorphism and tooth size variation in the permanent dentition of the Uva Bintenna Veddas of Sri Lanka. Advances in Anthropology 2014; 4(1): 1-6, DOI: 10.4236/aa.2014.41001
  • Nanayakkara KK , Samarakoon AB , Perera BH , De Silva AWSS , Nanayakkara CD. Size of Sri Lankan Newborns at Birth. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2011; 31(4) : 311-314
  • Peiris HRD, Arambawatta AKS, Hewapathirana TN, Nanayakkara CD, Chandrasekara M, Wickramanayake E. Nonmetric tooth crown traits in a Sri Lankan aboriginal Vedda population. HOMO - Journal of Comparative Human Biology. 2011; 62: 466–477
  • Nandasena TL, Jayawardena CK, Tilakaratne WM, Nanayakkara CD. Distribution pattern of cholinesterase enzymes in human tooth germs. Arch Oral Biol 2010; 55:561-569
  • Jayawardena C, Nandasena T, Abeywardena A, Nanayakkara D. Regional distribution of interglobular dentine in human teeth. Arch Oral Biol 2009; 54:1016-21.
  • Arambawatta AKS, Peiris R, Nanayakkara CD. Morphology of the cemento-enamel junction in premolar teeth. Journal of Oral Science 2009; 51(4): 623-27
  • Jayawardena CK, Abesundara AP, Nanayakkara DC, Chandrasekara MS. Age-related changes in crown and root length in Sri Lankan Sinhalese. J Oral Sci 2009; 51:587-92
  • Hewapathirana TN, Hewapathirana IS, Nanayakkara CD. Surgical Anatomy of the Facial Nerve Trunk. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2006; 18(4): 259-262
  • Yoshimura K, Dissanayke U, Nanayakkara D, Kageyama I, Kobayashi K. Morphological changes in the oral mucosae and their connective tissue cores regarding oral submucous fibrosis Archives of Histology and Cytology 2005; 68: (3):165 – 192