Profile

Aakash Welgamage Don
Title: Dr
First Name: Aakash
Surname: Welgamage Don
Position: Research Fellow
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 262847
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ORCID: ORCID Icon http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8364-2495

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Cyanobacterial Research

Academic Background

  • BSc Hons – University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka (2007)
  • PhD – Robert Gordon University (2012) 

Research Interests 

Aakash Welgamage joined Robert Gordon University as a postgraduate research student in 2008 and received the Scottish Overseas Research Student Award which led his research career into doctoral level. His PhD has mainly focused on removal of hazardous cyanobacterial (blue green algae) toxins from drinking water using environmental bacteria.

His collaborative studies with the Institute of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Potsdam, Germany, have revealed a universal bacterial peptide degradation mechanism. Moreover, Dr. Welgamage has incorporated advanced biomolecular techniques to elucidate novel bacterial genes involved in the peptide degradation process.

As a postdoctoral research fellow, Dr. Welgamage is currently working with CYANOSOL group to investigate novel mechanism(s) and biochemical pathway(s) involved in the universal peptide degradation mechanism in Actinobacteria.

His research interests fall within the areas of cyanobacterial peptide purification, bioremediation of cyanobacterial toxins and water purification, use of Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) system to investigate biodegradation pathways and molecular biology approaches to peptide degradation.

Professional Body Membership

  • Society for General Microbiology
  • The Biochemical Society

Publications 

  • Lawton, L. A., Welgamage, A., Edwards, C. and Manage, P. Novel bacterial strains for the removal of microcystins from drinking water, Water Science Technology 2011; 63.6
  • Welgamage, A., Dittmann, E., Edwards, C. and Lawton, L. A. Unravelling novel peptide degradation mechanism of Actinobacteria (In preparation).