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  • Tharindu Lakshan Suraweera, BSc

Supervisor:

Dr. H.P. Vasantha Rupasinghe

Co-supervisor:

Dr. Zhaolin Xu, Professor, Department of Pathology, Dalhousie University

Program of Study:

MSc

Project Title:

Dietary Approaches for Cancer Prevention: Understanding the Genoprotective Mechanisms of Flavonoids Using Cell Models of Carcinogen-induced DNA Damage

Scholarships and/or Awards:

  • Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Traineeship Award 2020
  • Chartwell’s Graduate Scholarship: In-course scholarship based on academic merit- Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada- 2019/2020
  • Gold medal for session’s the best oral presentation of the session on “Food Biochemistry, Food Preservation, Food Processing, and Food Safety” at the International Conference on Agriculture and Food Security, Sri Lanka- 2019
  • Session’s best oral presentation award of the session on “Agrobiodiversity for human health and livelihood development”- Symposium on Agrobiodiversity for Climate Change Adaptation, Food and Nutrition, Plant Genetic Resource Centre, Gannoruwa, Sri Lanka -2019
  • Faculty awards: Faculty-student ambassadors-Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka- 2018/2019
  • Gold medal for session’s best oral presentation of the session on “Application of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to Biotechnology”-3rd International Conference on Bioscience and Biotechnology, Sri Lanka- 2018
  • University prize: Academic excellence at the final examination in BSc program, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka – 2017
  • Alfred Baur’s memorial gold medal for overall best oral presentation: Faculty of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Symposium (FAURS), Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka – 2017
  • Session’s best oral presentation of the session on “Agricultural Production & Product Development”- FAURS, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka – 2017
  • First place: Three- minute thesis competition, FAURS, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka – 2017

Career Aspirations:

Inspired by his undergraduate research, Tharindu is developing novel functional foods and nutraceuticals that could combat non-communicable diseases due to oxidative stress. Currently at Dalhousie University, his research is mainly focused on identifying unique food bioactives and understanding their cellular mechanism of action on the prevention of DNA damage and carcinogenesis. Also, he plans to contribute to society as a food product development scientist through designing, developing, and commercializing unique food and nutraceutical products to reduce the risk of certain cancers after the completion of his graduate studies.

Location:

Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University

Publications:

Suraweera, T. L., Pathirana, C.K., Jayanath, N.Y., Abeysekera, W.P.K.M., and Abeysekera, W.K.S.M. (2020). Antioxidant and Selected Chemical Properties of the Flowers of Three Different Varieties of Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea L.). Ceylon Journal of Science, 49(2),195-201. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjs.v49i2.7740.

Suraweera, T. L., Jayanath, N.Y., Abeysekera, W.P.K.M., and Abeysekera, W.K.S.M. (2019). A Commercial Potential Blue Pea (Clitoria ternatea L.) Flower Extract Incorporated Beverage Having Functional Properties. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2019, 1-13. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/2916914.

Pathirana, C.K., Ranaweera L.T., Suraweera, T. L., Madhujith T., and Eeswara J.P. (2019). Assessment of the Contents of a Selected Set of Macro, Micro, and Toxic Elements in Ripen Bael Fruits and, Tender Shoots of Water Spinach and Sweet Potato Using XRF and ICP-MS Methods. Ceylon Journal of Science, 48(1), 67–75. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cjs.v48i1.7590.

Presentations:

Suraweera T.L., Merlin J. and Rupasinghe H.P.V. (2020). Apple Flavonoids Exert Cancer-preventive Properties: Evidence from a Cell Model of Carcinogen-induced DNA Damage. Oral presentation presented at: 1st Canadian Society for Horticultural Science Online Graduate Student Conference; 2020 August 27; University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Suraweera T.L., Merlin J. and Rupasinghe H.P.V. (2020). Can Apple a Day Prevent Cancer Initiation? Oral presentation presented at: Global Reach 2020: Solving Agricultural Problems Through Research and Innovation Virtual Symposium; 2020 July 22-23; Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. 

Suraweera T.L., Merlin J. and Rupasinghe H.P.V. (2020). Apple flavonoids and quercetin reduce carcinogen-induced DNA damage in bronchial epithelial cells in vitro. Oral presentation presented at: 2nd Science Atlantic Nutrition and Food Conference; 2020 March 13-14; University of Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

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