Faiz MMT Marikar

Work place: Staff Development Centre, General Sir John Kotelawela Defence University, Rathmalana, 10390, Sri Lanka

E-mail: faiz.marikar@fulbrightmail.org

Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Faiz-Marikar

Research Interests: E-learning experience management, Medicine & Healthcare, Computational Biology, Computer Science & Information Technology


Faiz MMT Marikar is the most experienced scientist in the field of molecular biology, and he is currently working as the Director, Staff Development Centre, General Sir John Kotelawela Defence University Sri Lanka. He has B.Sc. Special Degree from University of Ruhuna. After he was graduated he went to University of Sheffield, United Kingdom for his post graduate degree and then he transferred it to University of Nanjing, PR of China. He has a M.Sc.; Ph.D. and D.Sc. from Nanjing University, PR of China. His Ph.D. thesis was merely based on genetics, molecular biology, and microbiology related to human cancer genetics. Furthermore, Dr. Faiz Marikar was offered a Fulbright Fellowship and trained his Post-Doctorate at University of Johns Hopkins, and he was received Occasional Lecture Fund to be work at University of Harvard in year 2009-2010, and he received Honorary Post Doctorate from University of Colombo after his arrival from USA.

Author Articles
Effectiveness of MOODLE in Education System in Sri Lankan University

By Faiz MMT Marikar Neranjaka Jayarathne

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijmecs.2016.02.07, Pub. Date: 8 Feb. 2016

This study examines students’ overview of the students’ online capabilities of course that we have implemented in the MOODLE platform in a developing country and underlying information technology principles that are critical for an in-depth understanding of e-learning. A structured multiple choice questionnaire was distributed among students’ who were enrolled in the certificate of teaching in higher education course at the General Sir John Kotelawela Defence University, Sri Lanka. A total of 31 students participated in this study and completed written and online multiple choice questionnaire on MOODLE. The outcome of this study shows that there is a strong positive response on e-learning on MOODLE platform. Almost 61% of them were able to get extreme good results in the online examination and observed late submission in both printed and online examination. Although the outcome is preliminary in nature, the results provide cause for concern over the status of e-learning education in MOODLE platform in Sri Lanka which is highly satisfactory.

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Medical Students Dynamic Effort on Understanding of RNAi Therapeutic Application in Sri Lanka

By Faiz MMT Marikar Manel BCN Kulugammana Karawitage RL Karawita Aravinda S Jayathilake Ayesh U Hettiarachchi Kesaven Kalainesan Eranda I Kumara Kodithuwakkulage MP Kumara

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijmecs.2015.03.02, Pub. Date: 8 Mar. 2015

This study examines students’ understanding of the normative connections between key concepts of genetics, and RNAi and underlying biological principles that are critical for an in-depth understanding of RNAi therapeutic application on Medical field. Using a structural questionnaire, we examine randomly selected Medical faculty students’ understanding of genetic relationships at Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, University of Rajarata, Sri Lanka. A total of 80 Medical faculty students participated in this study and completed written questionnaire on genetics and RNAi therapeutic application. Findings from this study were there is a strong positive response on basic genetics studies in this content, but when it considers knowledge on RNAi and new technology based on RNAi therapeutic application is poorly understood. Almost all the students had a good knowledge on DNA but not the relationship between gene and DNA. Specifically, students were requested to demonstrate an integrated understanding of the RNAi therapeutic application, almost 96% of them unable to give an example for it, and also some students struggled to explain it. Outcome of this study is preliminary in nature; the results provide a glimpse of genetics education in Sri Lanka need to uplift.

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