Research Assistant Professor
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and
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.