Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Texas at Arlington, USA
Roshan Perera grew up on the outskirts of the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. He completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry with Honors and obtained a Master′s degree under the supervision of John S. Svendsen on the Sharpless asymmetric dihydroxylation of olefins in organic chemistry at the University of Tromsoe (UTO) in Norway. He was a Norwegian Government Scholar at the UTO from 1997 to 1999. He received his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry under the tutelage of John H. Dawson at the University of South Carolina where he worked on the structural and functional properties of cytochrome P450 and heme proteins. As a postdoctoral fellow, he worked with Peter G. Schultz at The Scripps Research Institute. In 2008, he joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Arlington, as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He is the co-founding Director of the Texas based energy company, Solar US Energy, Inc.
Protein Biochemistry Research (develop protein microarrays, genetic engineering of proteins, investigate heme proteins, protein-protein interactions).
Bioenergetics (biofuels, photoelectrocatalysis, light-harvesting materials, developing a bioenergy reactor system using genetically engineered bacteria).