Portrait photo of Kosala Amarasinghe, dressed in a suit and sitting in front of a book shelf.

Five questions for…

…Kosala Amarasinghe, who is studying the master’s program in chemistry. Before enrolling at the University of Gothenburg, he studied a four-year bachelor’s degree in computational chemistry in his home country of Sri Lanka.

What are you doing right now?

– I am a second-year master’s student at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology. Currently, I am doing my master thesis with AstraZeneca which is a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and AstraZeneca. I am also pursuing research with Professor Leif Eriksson’s group in Lundberg Lab.  My primary research focuses on computational chemistry in form of computer-based modeling of various biochemical processes and systems.

Where did your interest in computational chemistry come from?

During my junior year at school (S’ Thomas College, Sri Lanka), my interest in studying the field of chemistry increased gradually. On the flip side, my love of computers and computer sciences runs back to my primary school days. I was always enjoying working with computers and find new things every day. It is not unfair if I state that my scientific interest was always placed in two entirely different disciplines at two different ends of the spectrum, I later found in my dream interdisciplinary subject area computational chemistry that is capable of catering to both my areas of interest. I was selected as one of the ten students to major in Computational Chemistry at the Faculty of Science of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

What is the best thing about your programme?

The best thing about the chemistry master program is the diversity of courses with the depth of learning, up to date content as well as the practical component for each subject. The practical knowledge gain from each subject can directly apply to my research.  The combination of courses like Applied quantum chemistry and Molecular modeling give a very diverse and multilayered insight into the computational research field.

What made you choose the University of Gothenburg?

The University of Gothenburg is a clear choice for my graduate studies, primarily because the opportunities to undertake interdisciplinary research in the university are quite large. I was pleased to come across the wide range of computational chemistry research done by many distinguished Professors. This would be the university where I could experience a prolific journey in my academic career, and it would nurture the interests of my future academic endeavors within its dynamic research atmosphere.  The second reason is that the study culture in Sweden lives up to its excellent reputation and Gothenburg is a lovely city that can be explored at any time.

What are your plans for the future?

My scientific and research background gained from the University of Gothenburg motivated me to the continuation of the scientific journey. I am looking forward to applying for PhD and dedicate my time and effort to accomplish my ultimate goal of serving all living beings for their betterment through active participation in scientific research.