Ganga Fernando

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Rubie Burton Academic Center 201
(417) 667-8181, ext. 2180

Ganga FernandoAssociate Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
B.S., University of Sri Jeyawardenepura, Sri Lanka;

Courses Taught

Introduction to Forensic Chemistry
General Chemistry I and II
Principles of Analytical Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis laboratory
Research in Chemistry


Dr. Ganga Fernando grew up in Sri Lanka; a small island in Indian Ocean. She obtained her BS degree in Chemistry (honors) at the University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka and Attorney at Law degree from Sri Lanka Law College in Colombo. In 2002, she joined University of Texas at Arlington for her doctoral studies in Analytical Chemistry (she still considers Texas ‘my US home’). In 2005, she moved to Southern Illinois University, Carbondale to continue her research under Dr. Gary Kinsel. She received her PhD in Chemistry in 2009. Her research thesis topic is “Pulsed Plasma Modified surfaces for On-Probe affinity fractionation of complex protein mixtures and analysis by Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization (MALDI) Mass Spectrometry”.

Dr. Fernando Joined Cottey College in 2008 and is an active member of American Chemical Society, American Society for Mass Spectrometrists, SigmaXi scientific research society and Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemists society.

In addition to teaching General Chemistry, Introduction to Forensic Chemistry, Principles of Analytical Chemistry and Quantitative analysis classes and laboratories, she offers Research in Chemistry every semester. She was awarded a Missouri Campus Compact mini grant for her Chemistry Outreach project “C3O – Cottey Chemistry Community Outreach”. She is active in field of Mass Spectrometry and continues to attend conferences and pursue research opportunities during summer months.

Research Interests

Proteomic Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization (MALDI) Mass Spectrometry
Forensic Application of mass spectrometry
Cyanotoxins analysis in lakes and drinking water supplies around Nevada, MO

Relevant Websites

American Chemical Society
American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Journal of Chemical Education
National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST)

Summer Research internships for undergraduates

REU – National science Foundation

Selected Publications

  • Kolli, V., Roth, H. A., De La Cruz, G., Fernando, G.S., Dodds, E. D., “The role of proton mobility in determining the energy-resolved vibrational activation/dissociation channels of N-glycopeptide ions”, Analytica Chimica Acta 896 (2015) 85-92
  • Rathore, D., Aboufazeli, F., Huang, Y., Kolli, V., Fernando, G. S., Dodds, E. D., “Ion Dissociation Methods in Proteomics”, Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry, Online: 10 Sep 2015, DOI: 10.1002/9780470027318.a9310
  • Wong V.N., Fernando, G., Wagner, A.R., Zhang, J., Kinsel, G.R., Zauscher, S., Dyer, D.J. “Separation of Peptides with Polyionic Nanosponges for MALDI-MS Analysis” Langmuir, 2009, 25 (3), 1459–1465.
  • Li, M., Fernando, G., Van Waasbergen, L.G., Cheng, X., Ratner, B.D., Kinsel, G.R. “Thermoresponsive MALDI probe surfaces as a tool for protein on-probe fractionation” Analytical chemistry, 2007, 79, 6840-6844.