Konara (Yamuna) Kollalpitiya
Yamuna Kollalpitiya PhotographAssistant Professor of Chemistry

Office: ASC 3088
Phone: (231) 591-2597
E-mail Address: KonaraKollalpitiya@ferris.edu


Teaching Experience

Professor 2011 – 2013
Department of Chemistry, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC

  • Created syllabi and taught Principles of Chemistry, General Chemistry and Biochemistry courses
  • Instructed Biochemistry and Analytical Chemistry lab sessions
  • Served as a student advisor and a research mentor

Research Experience

Ph.D. Candidate 2005 - 2011
Department of Chemistry, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

  • Studied the factors affecting copper and zinc-induced apoptosis in neuronal cells
  • Characterized SH-SY5Y neuronal cells as a serotonergic model
  • Purified and characterized cytochrome b561 protein from natural sources for functional studies
  • Studied the kinetics of cytochrome b561


Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Ph.D. in Chemistry  2011
Part I: Investigation of Mechanisms of Copper and Zinc Neurotoxicity
Part II: Pre-steady State Kinetics of the Reduction of Cytochrome b561 with Ascorbate

M.Sc. in Chemistry 2008
Relevant coursework

Electroanalytical Chemistry, Photochemistry, Spectroscopy, Physical Biochemistry, Analytical Spectroscopy, Bioorganic Chemistry, Advanced Biochemistry, Neurochemistry

University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
B.Sc. in Chemistry, 2nd class upper division 2000
Subsidiary Subject: Physics