Hashini Galhena Dissanayake


Research Assistant Professor 

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and
James Madison College

Contact Information
A418 Plant and Soil Sciences Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Email: galhenad@msu.edu


Ph.D., Michigan State University, Food Production and Food Security, 2012
M.Sc., Oklahoma State University, Agricultural Economic, 2010
B.Sc., Oklahoma State University, International Business, 2007


Dr. Hashini Galhena Dissanayake is an Assistant Professor with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and adjunct faculty of James Madison College. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University and her Ph.D. from the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Michigan State University. She coordinates the annual Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety Program.

In addition, Dr. Galhena Dissanayake is involved in WorldTAP’s research and outreach programs  that are primarily focused on socioeconomic implications of new science and technology with a special disposition towards food security, gender, rural development, and post-conflict. She has conducted field research in India, Sri Lanka, and Tajikistan and has helped expand linkages and collaborative programs with institution in these countries. Currently, she is engaged in the analysis of biosafety systems in several countries in Africa including Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda.


Home gardens: a promising approach to enhance household food security and wellbeing
Home Gardens for enhancing food security in Sri Lanka