Words : Ronali Moonemalle Goonetileke
Photos : Nirmala Dhananjaya
From taking up the challenge of treading the lesser traveled paths of scientific research to becoming a co-inventor, holding a US patent on potential anti-cancer drug, the inspirational story of Dr. Chandamali Punchihewa is one that will open doors to many aspiring young scientists in our little island nation.
In this month’s issue of Lanka Woman, we present to you the story of a super heroine in the field of Molecular Genetics, armed with years of experience and knowledge, continuing to leave an indelible mark in society with her pioneering work in cancer research.
Let’s walk down memory lane and tell our readership a bit about your childhood and early school life.
As I reminisce my childhood, I’m happy to say it was an enjoyable one! While growing up in the misty hills of Bandarawela, my schooling career began at ‘Little Flower Girl’s School’ where I engaged in many extra-curricular activities. Joining the Girl Guides, becoming a member of the school band and enrolling as a member of the school’s cadet team while also being a part of the aesthetic team were a few of my passions from the past.