Nissanka's web page

I am currently a PhD candidate in the department of Physics & Astronomy at Rice University. I work in the Hafner group doing research in Nanophysics and Biological Physics.


Yours truly in Long Beach, CA.

Refereed Publications

Nissanka S. Wickremasinghe and Jason H. Hafner "Protein crystals as scanned probes for Recognition Atomic Force Microscopy" Nanoletters Vol. 5, No. 12, 2418-2412, 2005 (Featured in


Conference Abstracts/Presentations/Talks

"Protein crystal tips for atomic force microscopy" Nissanka S. Wickremasinghe and Jason H. Hafner.

Rice Quantum Institute Summer Research Colloquium XIX Friday, August 12, 2005: Rice University, Houston TX.


"Protein crystal tips for atomic force microscopy" Nissanka S. Wickremasinghe and Jason H. Hafner.

49th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society, Feb 12-16, 2005: Long Beach CA.


"Protein crystal tips for atomic force microscopy" Jason H. Hafner and Nissanka S. Wickremasinghe

2005 APS March Meeting, March 21–25, 2005; Los Angeles, CA.


" Phase Transition of DNA Coated Nanogold Networks"

Ching-Hwa Kiang, Young Sun, Nolan Harris and Nissanka Wickremasinghe

2004 APS March Meeting, March 22-26, 2004; Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Posters Presented.

"Protein crystal tips for atomic force microscopy" Nissanka S. Wickremasinghe and Jason H. Hafner.

Nanosummit 2005: Houston TX.


Phase transitions in DNA-coated gold nanoparticle networks"

N.S. Wickremasinghe and C.H. Kiang.- 1st Annual meeting of SPRING held at UT. Austin, Aug. 25-27 2003.


Membership in professional societies.

American Physical Society (APS)

Biophysical Society (BPS)


Other academic activities

Language consultant for the Rice Univ., Dept. of Linguistics field methods class.


Languages spoken

Fluent in English and Sinhala. I posess some familiarity with Tamil. I also know a few words of French-can count up to 999,999,999-and

Spanish-picked up quite a bit from my hispanic friends at Rice.


Educational History/Academic qualifications

High school- S.Thomas College, Mount Lavina, Sri Lanka.

Scored in the top 2% in the Sri Lanka GCE Advanced Level exams. SAT and scores Verbal-790(99%), Math-750(98%).


Undergrad-University of Colombo, Colombo 8, Sri Lanka.

Graduated with second class upper division honors (roughly equvalent to magna cum laude) with a BSc. Honors degree in Physics from the

University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Was awarded the H.D.P. Gunawardena award for the best performance in Physics and Mathematics and the

P.P. Jayawickrama award for best performance in Physics. Courses taken included standard and undergrad physics courses as well as a number

of Pure and Applied math courses such as Real Analysis, Mathematical Logic, Linear Algebra, Introductory Algebra-group theory, number

theory-, Statistics, Numerical methods. My GRE scores were Verbal-740(99%), Math-740(85%) Analytical-730(93%).


Graduate School-Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA.

Currently a doctoral candidate in Physics at Rice University. Passed my doctoral candidacy/MSc. Other activities-RGCF, member of the student

council of the Rice Graduate apartments, volunteer for International Student orientation, Rice Cricket club, Ultimate Frisbee for the

GSA(Graduate Student Association).More details on my grad school academic accomplishments given above. As a point of interest, I recently

found out that my academic pedigree includes two Nobel Laureates in Chemistry- Linus Pauling and Richard Smalley.


Other links of personal interest

Sri Lanka - my homeland

Sri Lanka - news

My High school

My Undergrad. University

Rice Graduate Christian Fellowship(RGCF)

West University Baptist Church

Ultimate Frisbee

Everything's bigger in Texas !!!

The city of Houston

Cricket - the sport, not the insect

The Houston Astros

The Houston Rockets

Piled Higher and Deeper(PhD) comics-a humorous look at grad. school













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