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  • Wasundara Fernando, PhD


Dr. David Hoskin

Program of Study:

Postdoctoral fellow

Project Title:

Cytoprotective and chemopreventive activities of phytochemicals and their derivatives

Scholarships and/or Awards:

  • Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Traineeship Award 2017, 2015, 2014
  • TFRI Travel Award 2015
  • CRTP Travel Award 2014
  • First place in oral presentations of Graduate Research Day 2014: Faculty of Agricuture, Dalhousie University, 2014
  • CIFST Travel grant, 2014
  • Truro Rotary Club scholarship, 2012
  • Astron Scholarship for Pharmacy, 2008

Career Aspirations:

Wasu’s research interest continues to be in the field of Natural Product Chemistry and investigation of pharmacological activities of phytochemicals and their derivatives. Wasu obtained her BSc degree in Pharmacy from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and MSc and PhD degrees from Dalhousie University. Currently, Wasu is working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Pathology, Dalhousie University. Her research explores the cytoprotective and chemopreventive activities of phytochemicals and their derivatives.


Dalhousie University


Knickle, A., Fernando, W., Greenshields, A. L., Rupasinghe, H. P. V. and Hoskin, D. W. (2018). Myricetin-induced apoptosis of triple-negative breast cancer cells is mediated by the iron-dependent generation of reactive oxygen species from hydrogen peroxide. Food Chem.Toxicol. 6 (118), 154-167. 

Fernando, W., Coombs, M. R. P., Hoskin, D. W. and Rupasinghe, H. P. V. (2016). Docosahexaenoic acid-acylated phloridzin, a novel polyphenol fatty acid ester derivative, is cytotoxic to breast cancer cells. Carcinogenesis, 37(10), 1004–1013.

Fernando, W., Rupasinghe, H. P. V. and Hoskin, D. W. (2015). Regulation of Hypoxia-inducible Factor-1a and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Signaling by Plant Flavonoids. Mini-Rev. Med. Chem., 15, 479-489.

Fernando, W. and Rupasinghe, H. P. V. (2013). Anticancer properties of phytochemicals present in medicinal plants of North America. In: Using Old Solutions to New Problems - Natural Drug Discovery in the 21st Century. (Ed.) Marianna Kulka. InTech - Open Access Publisher. Rijeka, Croatia. ISBN: 978-953-51-1158-0. pp. 159-180.

Fernando, T. R. G. W., Ratnasooriya, W. D., Deraniyagala, S. A. Antinociceptive activity of aqueous leaf extract of Tetracera sarmentosa L. in rats. (2009). Phcog Res. 1(6): 381-386.

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