Profile: Kosala Sirisena

Postdoctoral Associate

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences


Field of Interest: Molecular Biology

The central theme of my research is the development and application of molecular techniques, especially with Next-Generation DNA Sequencing approaches to enhance our understanding of the diversity, community structure and metabolic capabilities of microbial communities in extreme environments.

  • Associated Programs

    Visiting Investigator
    Geophysical Laboratory  (
    Carnegie Institution of Washington
    Washington, DC

  • Education

    Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biosciences, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

  • Publications

    Sirisena KA, Daughney CJ, Moreau‐Fournier M, Ryan KG & Chambers GK (2013) National survey of molecular bacterial diversity of New Zealand groundwater: relationships between biodiversity, groundwater chemistry and aquifer characteristics. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 86: 490–504.

    Sirisena KA, Daughney CJ, Moreau M, Ryan KG & Chambers GK (2014) Relationships between Molecular Bacterial Diversity and Chemistry of Groundwater in the Wairarapa Valley, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 48: 524–539.

    Sirisena KA, Daughney CJ, Moreau M, Sim DA, Lee CK, Cary SC, Ryan KG & Chambers GK (2014) Pyrosequencing analysis revealed bacterial diversity of New Zealand groundwater relates to hydrochemistry. FEMS Microbiology Ecology (In review)