Post-doctoral Fellowship. University of Adelaide, Australia (2010)
PhD (Molecular Biology). University of Dundee, UK. (1999)
BSc (Agriculture). Second Class (Upper Division). Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1989)
Additional Director (2020 September 21 - to date), Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka.
Acting Deputy Director (Research) (2020 September 21 - to date), Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka.
Deputy Director (Research) (2017 April 17 - to date), Coconut Research
Institute, Sri Lanka.
Head/Genetics & Plant Breeding Division, (2006 February 03 – 2017 April 16), Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka.
Acting Head/Genetics & Plant Breeding Division, (2005 February to 2006 Feb 02), Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka.
Scientist in Charge, Coconut Seed & Seedling Certification Unit (2006 May to date), Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka.
Principal Research Officer (2005 August 03 – 2006 Feb 28 2012 August), Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka.
Senior Research Officer, (2000 February 02 – 2005 July 02), Genetics & Plant Breeding Division, Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka.
Assistant Geneticist/Plant Breeder, Genetics & Plant Breeding Division, Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka. 1991 Jan 17– 2000 Jan 01)
Member, Technical Working Group (TWG), International Coconut Community (ICC)
Country Representative and Steering Committee member, International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT).
L. Perera, L Baudouin and I Mackay (2016) SSR markers indicate a common origin of self-pollinating dwarf coconut in South-East Asia under domestication, Scientia Horticulture. 211:255-262
L.Perera, M. K. Meegahakumbura, H. R. T. Wijesekara, W.B.S. Fernando and M. J. Dickinson (2012) A Phytoplasma is associated with the Waligama Coconut Leaf Wilt Disease in Sri Lanka. Journal of Plant Pathology 94(1): 205-209
Mauro-Herrera M, Meerow A W. Perera L, Russell J and Schnell R J (2010) Ambiguous genetic relationships among coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) cultivars: the effects of out-crossing, sample source and size, and method of analysis. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 57 (2): 203-217
Vadamalai G, Perera L, Hanold D, Rezaian MA and Randles JW (2009) “Detection of Coconut cadang-cadang viroid sequences in oil and coconut palm by ribonuclease protection assay” Annals of Applied Biology 154 (1) 117-125
Perera L, Russell JR, Provan J, Powell W (2000) “Use of Microsatellite DNA markers to investigate the level of genetic diversity and population genetic structure of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.)”. Genome 43: 15-21
Perera L, Russell JR, Provan J, Powell W (2001) “Levels and distribution of genetic diversity of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.,var Typica, form typica) from Sri Lanka assessed by microsatellite markers” Euphytica 122:381-389
Perera L, Russell JR, Provan J, Powell W (2003) “Studying genetic relationships among coconut varieties/populations using microsatellite markers” Euphytica 132:121-128 (Cited by 39)
Perera L, Russell JR, Provan J, McNicol JW, Powell W (1998) “Evaluating the genetic relationships between indigenous coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) accessions from Sri Lanka by means of AFLP profiling” Theoretical and Applied Genetics 96: 545-550 (Cited by 105)
Perera L., Samarasinghe C.R.K., Kumarathunge D.P., Dissanayake H.D.M.A.C. and M.K. Meegahakumbura (2017) Cultivar by environmental interaction of coconut under different water and heat regimes at their early stages of growth. Pakistan Journal of Botany 49(2): 475-478
C. R. K. Samarasinghe, M. K. Meegahakumbura, H. D. M. A. C. Dissanayaka and D.P. Kumarathunge, L. Perera (2018) Variation in yield and yield components of different coconut cultivars to within year rainfall and temperature variation. Scientia Horticulture 238: 51-57