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
  • Pilana Vithanage Kalani Shihanika Hettiarachchia, Rasika Manori Jayasinghe, Manil Christopher Fonseka, Ruwan Duminda Jayasinghe, Chinthani Deepthi Nanayakkara. Evaluation of the styloid process in a Sri Lankan population using digital panoramic radiographs. Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research 2019; 9:73–76https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobcr.2018.10.001
  • Deepthi Nanayakkara, Amal Vadysinghe and Lakshika S. Nawarathna Determination of sex from the tibia in a contemporary Sri Lankan population. J Forensic Sci Med 2019;5:24-8.
  • Manil C.N.Fonseka, P.V.Kalani S.Hettiarachchi, Rasika M.Jayasinghe, Ruwan D.Jayasinghe, C. Deepthi Nanayakkara. A cone beam computed tomographic analysis of the greater palatine foramen in a cohort of Sri Lankans. Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research. 2019; 9(04):306-310.
  • Deepthi Nanayakkara, Amal Vadysinghe and Lakshika S. Nawarathna. Prediction of the length of the femur from its fragments in a Sri Lankan population. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences

    https://doi.org/10.1080/00450618.2018.1524511
  • Deepthi Nanayakkara, Ruwanthi Manawaratne, Harshana Sampath, Amal Vadysinghe, Roshan Peiris. Supraorbital nerve exits: positional variations and localization relative to surgical landmarks. Anat Cell Biol 2018;51:19-24
  • Deepthi Nanayakkara, Harshana Sampath , Ruwanthi Manawaratne, Roshan Peiris, Amal Vadysinghe, Kapila Arambawatta, Jayampathi Disanayake. Positional Variation and Localization of the Mental Foramen. MOJ Anatomy and Physiology 2018; 5(2): 00162
  • Kalinga Khemal Nanayakkara, Undugodage Ganganath Rodrigo, Kuda Liyanage Nandika Perera, and Chinthani Deepthi Nanayakkara. Pre-natal diagnosis of thalassaemia in Sri Lanka: A ten year review. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2017
  • D Nanayakkara, R Peiris, N Mannapperuma, A Vadysinghe. Morphometric analysis of the infraorbital foramen: the clinical relevance. Anatomy Research International 2016
  • Peiris HRD, Jayaweera JA, Arambawatta AKS, Nanayakkara CD. Bilateral asymmetry in non metric tooth crown traits in a Sri Lankan aboriginal Vedda population of Anuradhapura. Journal of Indian Anthropological Society 2016;51:14-23.