Leslie Gunatilaka



Discovery of small-molecule natural products from plants & associated microorganisms as potential drugs to treat cancer and neurodegenerative diseases; development of alternate agricultural systems for sustainable utilization of natural resources.


Medicinal Plants (PLS 480/580): Contribution of plants to traditional and modern medicines worldwide. Plant Biochemistry and Metabolic Engineering (PLS 448A/548A): to gain an understanding of how biochemical components in plants are synthesized.


  • Ph.D., 1974, Imperial College of Science & Technology, University of London, England
  • BS, 1968, University of Peradenia, Sri Lanka