Roshan Desharatne Peiris, BDS, PhD

International Scholar

  •  Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Embryology | College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity
  •  Vietnam | Malaysia | Sri Lanka
  •   Embroyology | Forensic Anthropology | Human Anatom | Physical Anthropology

Languages: Sinhala(native), English(proficient)

Bio statement

A dedicated and experienced university Professor with over twenty years of experience as a teaching faculty in Human Anatomy for undergraduate and postgraduate students including supervision of undergraduate student research in the College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity, Vietnam, School of Dental Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, and Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. My research interests are Physical anthropology, Human evolution, Forensic anthropology, and Human anatomy. An author of three books, two book chapters and over 35 journal publications in peer-reviewed journals, delivered over 5 prestigious orations and guest lectures.

Recent global health projects

1. Sarawak Early Prehistoric Project (SEPP) with Australia Research Council, Center of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, University of New South Wales, Australia and Sarawak Museum Department, Malaysia.

2. Reconstructing prehistoric human diet using stable isotope, palaeoproteomics and chemical analysis of human and faunal skeletal remains recovered from Pallemalala shell midden, Sri Lanka.

Selected publications

1. Roshan Peiris, Uthpala Malwatte, Janak Abayakoon, Anuradha Wettasinghe (2015) Variations in the Root Form and Root Canal Morphology of Permanent Mandibular First Molars in a Sri Lankan Population. Anatomy Research International Hindawi Publishing Corporation Volume 2015, Article ID 803671, 7 pages

2. Siriwardena B.S.M.S., Jayathilake D.S.Y., Pitakotuwage T.N., Illeperuma R.P., Kumarasiri P.V.R., Attygalla A.M., Peiris H.R.D., Tilakaratne W.M. (2015) Demographic and Histopathological Differences of Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Analysis of 4394 Cases from Sri Lanka. Journal of Clinical & Experimental Oncology. 4(4),

3. Peiris H.R.D., Jayaweera J.A., Arambawatta A.K.S., Nanayakkara C.D. (2016) Bilateral Asymmetry in Non-Metric Tooth Crown Traits in A Sri Lankan Aboriginal Vedda Population of Anuradhapura Journal of Indian Anthropological Society. 51, 14-23.

4. Senadheera V.V., Nawagamuwa B.M., Nidhya K., Sivappriyan S., Warnasooriya W.M.S. M., Madhuranga P. M., Peiris H.R.D. (2016) Prevalence and associated factors of flatfoot among 6 to 10 aged children in central province of Sri Lanka. International Journal of Physiotherapy.3(3):310-315, DOI:10.15621/ijphy/2016/v3i3/100834

5. Nanayakkara D., Peiris R., Mannapperuma N., Vadysinghe A. (2016) Morphometric analysis of the infraorbital foramen – the clinical relevance. Anatomy Research International.7917343. doi: 10.1155/2016/7917343

6. Curnoe D., Datan I., Sauffi S., Mei G.S., Slack M., Peiris R., & Sun X-F (2017) Archaeological Investigations at Trader’s Cave, Niah National Park: Report on the First (2017) Field Season. The Sarawak Museum Journal. 88(99)(New Series):119-137.

7. Nanayakkara D., Sampath H., Manawaratne R., Peiris R., Vadysinghe A., Arambawatta K., Dissanayaka J. (2018) Positional Variation and Localization of the Mental Foramen. MOJ Anatomy and Physiology.5(2):00162.

8. Kulatilake S., Peiris R. D., Perera H.N., Perera H. J. (2018) Out of Context, in Association: Human Remains Salvaged from the Mini-Athiliya Shell Midden, Sri Lanka. Asian Perspectives. 57(1): 1-31.

9. Deepthi Nanayakkara, Ruwanthi Manawaratne, Harshana Sampath, Amal Vadysinghe, Roshan Peiris. (2018) Supraorbital nerve exits: positional variations and localization relative to surgical landmarks. Anatomy and Cell Biology. 51:1-6.

10. Peiris R, Vadysinghe A., Nanayakkara D. (2019) Morphometric Evaluation of the Foramen Magnum in a Sri Lankan Population. Sri Lanka Journal of Anatomy.3(II):29-41.

11. Mohammed S. Sauffi, Darren Curnoe, Hsiao GohMei, Xue-feng Sun, Jarrad W. Paul, David R. Cohen, Hank Sombroek, Matthew McDowell, Roshan Peiris, Michael Slack, Clara Magalhães, Rosário Soares, Haidar Ali and Mortiza Jami. 2019. Archaeological Investigations at the Trader’s Cave, Niah National Park: Report on the Second and Third (2018 & 2019) Field Seasons. The Sarawak Museum Journal. 82(103)(New Series):21-36.

12. A.K.S. Arambawatta, B.G.T.L. Nandasena, H.R.D. Peiris, B.M.H.S.K. Banneheka, C.D. Nanayakkara,
R.G.A.P. Abeysundara, D.D. Ihalagedara, D.M.M.L.B. Dissanayka, A.M.S.C. Alahakoon. (2020) Dental arch morphology in normal occlusion of the Sri Lankan population. Sri Lanka Dental Journal. 50(2): 48-56.

13. Disanayake J., Samoath H., Manawaratne R., Nawarathna G., Disanayake., Peiris R., Nanayakkara D. (2020) Morphology and the position of the pterion in a Sri Lankan population. Sri Lanka Anatomy Journal. 4(1):10-21.

14. Takashi Satake, Satoru Yoshida, and Roshan Peiris (2021) Dental Proportion Chart to summarize change of mesiodistal and buccolingual crown diameters, crown module and crown index in different tooth classes. International Journal of Human Cultural Studies. 31: 24-28.

15. Kapila Arambawatta, Anushka Abeysundara, Dhammika Ihalagedera, Gayani Nawarathna, Tharanga Nandasena, Roshan Peiris, Shyama Banneheka, Deepthi Nanayakkara (2021) Morphological analysis of cementoenamel junction in premolars of Sri Lankans. Anatomical Science International. DOI:

16. Arambawatta K., Peiris R., Hettiarachchi K., Dissanayake M., Ihalagedera D., Abeysundara A., Nawarathna L. (2021) Age Estimation using Pulp/Tooth Area Ratio of Maxillary and Mandibular Canines on Digital Orthopantomographs in a Sample of Sri Lankan Population. International Journal of Forensic Odontology. 6(2):106-112.

17. Peiris H.R.D., Arambawatta K.S., Banneheka S.K., T.L. Nandasena, Pitakotuwage T. N. (2021) Gender
and ethnic group differences in dental caries in a Sri Lankan population. Journal of Oral Health and Community Dentistry
. 15(3):103-107.

18. Peiris R., Arambawatta K., Pitakotuwage N. (2022) Root and canal morphology of maxillary premolars
and their relationship with the crown morphology. Journal of Oral Biosciences. 64(1):148-154.

19. Weerarathne K.P.M., Peiris H.R.D., Curnoe D., Pitawala H.M.T.G.A., Adikaram A. M. N. M. (2022)
Mid-to-late Holocene environmental changes along the southern coast of Sri Lanka and their impact on sediment dynamics and human behavior. Ceylon Journal of Science. 51(Special Issue):557-576.

20. Arambawatta A.K.S, Peiris H.R.D., Bannehaka B.M.H.S.K., Nandasena T.G.L.N., Abeysundara
R.G.A.p., Ihalagedara D.D., Dissanayake M. (2023) Morphometric norms of the craniofacial complex of Sri Lankans. Anthropo-Indialogs. 03(1):57-79.

21. Ramli H, Yusop N, Ramli R, Berahim Z, Peiris R, Ghani N. (2023) Application of neurotransmitters and dental stem cells for pulp regeneration: A review. Saudi Dental Journal. 35(5):387-394.

22. K.P.M. Weerarathne, H.M.T.G.A. Pitawala, H.R.D. Peiris, Curnoe D. (2023) Changing climates and emerging patterns: prehistoric human diet of Sri Lanka from the Late Pleistocene through Late Holocene. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 51:104161.

Last Updated: 06 March 2024