Department of Basic Veterinary Sciences

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science

Anoja

Dr.Anoja Wanigasekera

Senior Lecturer (Grade I)

Office Address :

Department of Basic Veterinary Sciences

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science,

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya 20400, Sri Lanka

Email : anojapw@gmail.com, anojapw@pdn.ac.lk,  
Phone :  (official and mobile): (official and mobile): 081-2395830, 0718109706
Education :
  • PhD (Japan)
  • MPhil (Natural Products Chemistry)
  • BSc(Chemistry)

  1. TWAS/NARESA Prize for Young Scientist - 1996
  2. Kandhaiah memorial Award - 1997
  3. Endeavour Awards Australian Scholarship-2010
  4. Fulbright Advanced Research and Lecturing Award-2010-2011
  5. National Awards for Excellence in Agricultural Research -2017



  • Biochemistry and Animal Nutrition
  • Nutrition to Second year Veterinary Undergraduate Students



  • Functional Foods, Natural Products Chemistry

  • Position Current completed
    Project Leader 2 4
    Completed projects:
    • Project leader - “Effect of feeding coconut oil at different dietary levels on concentration of conjugated linoleic acid and proteins in goat milk” –University of Peradeniya Research Grants and National Science Foundation – Year 2004 - 2008
    • Project leader -“Effect of inclusion of Setaria italica seeds on the level of cis-9, trans-11 isomer of conjugated linoleic acid content in goat milk”’ - National Institute of Fundamental Studies - Year 2009 - 2012
    • Project leader “Screening of Medicinal plant extracts for antioxidant activity” - University of Peradeniya Research Grant - Year 2012 - 2013
    • Project leader “Antioxidant activity, total phenol and flavonoid content in some selected medicinal plants of Sri Lanka” - University of Peradeniya Research Grant - Year 2014 - 2016
    Projects under co-investigator
    • SLCARP Competitive Contract Research Project. “Quality assurance of food commodities including shrimp through monitoring antibacterial residues “September 2006 – August 2008
    • University of Peradeniya Research Grant “Determination of optimum dietary dose of Bitter Melon seed fat for enhancement of Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) content in goat milk” November 2008 – October 2009
    • University Research Grant ‘Enrichment of egg yolk lipids with anti-cancer Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) by feeding seed fat of bitter melon (Momordica charantia) to layer chicken’ July 2016-July 2017.
    • National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Grant. ‘ Enrichment of egg yolk lipids with anti-cancer Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) by feeding seed fat of bitter melon (Momordica charantia) to layer chicken’ January 2017 to December 2019.
    • National Research Council (NRC) Grant. ‘Biofuel and other microbial products from cellulosic biomass’ December 2012 – November 2014.
    • University of Peradeniya Research Grant.’ Assessment of behavioural responses of domestic cats (Felis domestica) to Acalypha indica (Kuppameniya) and analysis of chemical composition of Acalypha indica.’ December 2013-November 2014.
    • National Research Council Target oriented Grant (NRC Grant). Development of a Model Treatment Facility for Remediation of Total Dissolved Solids and Fluoride in Groundwater – A Sustainable Solution for Dry Zone Drinking Water Problems.
    Active research grants
    • Principal Investigator, Isolation and identification of Lactobacillus with -aminobutyric acid [GABA] producing capability from dairy products.
    • Principal Investigator, Isolation and characterization of tyrosinase inhibitors from plants
    • Group leaderChemical Toxicology and Chemical Services Segment, under the project NRC-TO-16-016 (Principal Investigator- Prof. Rohan Weerasooriya, National Institute of Fundamental Studies).


    Position MPhil. / PhD. current completed
    Co supervisor MPhil 1 1
    Supervisor MPhil 1 1
    Completed supervisions:
    • NHN Priyanwada - Master of Philosophy "Effect of inclusion of Setaria italica seeds on the level of cis-9, trans-11 isomer of conjugated linoleic acid content in goat milk "
    • RARK Rupasinghe - Master of Philosophy "Genotyping and association analysis of polymorphisms in milk protein encoding genes in upcountry dairy cattle breeds in Sri Lanka"


    Journals

    • Wanigasekera WMAP, Pethiyagoda R, Joganathan A, Yatiwella LN, Attanayake HMDAB (2018) Comparison of Antioxidant activity, Phenolic and Flavonoid contents of some selected medicinal plants in Sri Lanka Ceylon Journal of Science (accepted).
    • Premaratne, JMKJK Munasinghe, DMS, Wanigasekera, A., Gunasena, ARC., Abenayake, P.(2018) Detection of sulfonamide residues in shrimp and chicken meat using thin layer Chromatography, Proc. Pera. Univ. Res. Sec. 15, (7) 329-331.
    • Wanigasekera W.M.A.P, Priyanwada N.P.H., and Dharmaratne H.R.W. (2017). Omega-6 and Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids of Canarium zeylanicum and Fourteen Additional Seeds from Sri Lanka. International Journal of Advanced Scientific Research & Management. 2 (11), 38-44.
    • Kathirgamanathan, M., Abayasekara, C. L., Kulasooriya, S. A., Wanigasekera, A., & Ratnayake, R. R. (2017). Evaluation of 18 isolates of basidiomycetes for Lignocellulose degrading enzymes. Ceylon Journal of Science, 46(4), 77–84.
    • Wanigasekera W.M.A.P, Wijeratne, E.M.K., Arnold, A.E., and Gunathilaka, A.A.L., (2013)10’-Deoxy-10’ a-hydroxyascochlorin, a New Cell Migration Inhibitor and Other Metabolites from Acremonium sp.,a Fungal Endophyte in Ephedra trifurca. Natural Product Communications 8 (5), (601-604).
    • Wanigasekera, A., Hiraga, K., Hamanaka, N., and Oda, K., (2001). Purification and some Properties of an Inhibitor for yeast Pleiotropic Drug Resistant pump from kitasatospora sp. No. E-420. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 65, (10), (2353-2357).
    • Hiraga, K., Wanigasekera, A., Sugi, H., Hamanaka, N., and Oda, K., (2001). A Novel Screening for Drugs that Inhibit a Pleiotropic Drug Resistant Pdr5 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry. 65, (7), (1589-1595).
    • Xiongwei, S, Attygalle, A. B., Liwo, A., Ming-Hong H., Meinwald,. J., Dharmaratne, H. R. W. andWanigasekera, W. M. A. P., (1998). Absolute Stereochemistry of Soulattrolide and Its Analogues. The Jounnal of Organic Chemistry. 63, (1233-1238).
    • Dharmaratne, H. R. W., Wanigasekera, W. M. A. P., Greenwood, E. M. and Pezzuto, J. M., (1998). Inhibition of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Reverse Transcriptase Activity by Cordatolides Isolated from Calophyllum cordato-oblongum Planta Medica. 64, (460-461).
    • Dharmaratne, H. R. W., Wanigasekera, W. M. A. P., (1996). Soulattrolide, an inhibitor of HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase from Calophyllum cordato-oblongum. ACGE, Chemical Research Communications. 6, (13-15).
    • Dharmaratne, H. R. W., Wanigasekera, W. M. A. P., (1996). Xanthones from roots of Calophyllum thwaitesii Planch and Triana. Phytochemistry. 42, (249-250).
    • Dharmaratne, H. R. W., Wanigasekera, W. M. A. P., and Amarasekara A. S. (1996). Batukinaxanthone from Calophyllum thwaitesii Planch and Triana, Natural Products Letters. 8, (241-243).
    PUBLISHED RESEARCH ABSTRACTS
    • Ranasinghe, A.G.H., Withanage, T. J., Lasankara, K.R.C.K., Jayasena, N., Jayasooriya, L.J.P.A.P. Wanigasekera, W.M.A.P. (2017) Deposition of carotenoids in egg yolk by short term supplement of ipomea aquatic, Alternanthera sessilis and Pennisetum purpurem x Pennisetum americanum International Symposium on Traditional and Complementary Medicine.1, 41-42.
    • Weerakkody, L.R., Oda, K., Jinadasa, H.R.N., Wanigasekera, W.M.A.P. (2016) Production of -Amino Butyric Acid by Lactic Acid Bacteria. Forth conference on Sri Lanka – Japan Collaborative Research, 4, 45.
    • Pethiyagoda, R., Wijayarathna, R.V.,. Attanayake, A.M.A.S., Wanigasekera, W.M.A.P. (2014)Screening of Medicinal Plants forantioxidant activity by DPPH assay. Proc. Pera. Univ. Int. Res. Sec, 18, 471.
    • Priyanwada, N.P.H., Dharmaratna, H.R.W., and Wanigasekera, W.M.A.P. (2011) Essentiall fatty acid levels of some Sri Lankan seeds. NPAHA 2011, Int. Symposium, Natural Products, IFS, Kandy Sri Lanka (3-8 Oct.2011).
    • Premarathne, J.M.K.J.K., Munasinght, D.M.S., Wanigasekera, A., Gunasena, A.R.C., and Abeynayake, P., (2010). Detection of sulfonamide residues in shrimp and chicken meat using thin layer chromatography, Proc. Pera. Univ. Res. Sec, 15, (7-)9329-331.
    • Munasinghe, M.N.D., Liyanaarachchi, G.V.V., Jayasinghe, J.A.G., Wanigasekera, W.M.A.P., Haputhanthri, A.I., Weihena, S.J., Gunawardane, D.C.A., Terrance Madujith, W.M., Silva, S.S.P., Jayasooriya, L.J.P.A.P., (2009). Effect of feeding low dose of fat from bitter melon seeds rich a-eleostearic acid on conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) level in goat milk. Proc. Pera. Univ. Res. Sec, 14 (1), (7-9).
    • Wanigasekera, W.M.A.P., Munasinghe, M.N.D., Paranawithana, N.N., Amarasekera, M.P.N., Weihena, S.J., Silva, S.S.P., Jayasooriya, L.J.P.A.P. and Hiraga, K., (2009). Effect of feeding Coconut oil at different dietary levels on the protein profile of goat milk. Proc. Pera. Univ. Res. Sec, 14 (1), (10-12).
    • Priyanwada, N.P.H., Wanigasekera, W.M.A.P. and Dharmaratna, H.R.W., (2009) Nutritive value of seeds of Setaria Italica Proc. Sri Lanka Assoc. Adv. Sci. 65, 182.
    • Priyanwada, N.P.H., Weihena S.J. Dharmaratna, H.R.W., and Wanigasekera, W.M.A.P. (2008), Preliminary evaluation of some nutritional aspects of Mucuna puriens as a potential animal feed. Proc. Pera. Univ. Res. Sec, 13 (1), (187).
    • Devasurendra, R.S., Wanigasekera, A., Arulkanthan, A., and Jayasooriya, A.P. (2007). Identification of Androgen Induced Pigments in Guppies. Proc. Pera. Univ. Res. Sec, 12 (1), (164).
    • Wanigasekera, A., Hiraga, K., and Oda, K., (1998). Pleiotropic Drug Resistant Protein (Pdr5) inhibitors from Actinomycetes strain E-420. The Jap. Biochem. Soc. 70, B,(10).
    • Dharmaratne, H. R. W., Wanigasekera, W. M. A. P., (1996). Biosynthetic pathways for Xanthones from Calophyllum thwaitesii.Thw. Proc. Sri Lanka Assoc. Adv. Sci. 52, 175-176.
    • Dharmaratne, H. R. W., Wanigasekera, W. M. A. P. and Athauda, S. P. B., (1996). Chemistry and antiviral/HIV activity studies of Calophyllum species in Sri Lanka. Proc. Sri Lanka Assoc. Adv. Sci., 52, (223-24).
    • Dharmaratne, H. R. W., Wanigasekera, W. M. A. P. and Athauda, S. P. B., (1996). Chemistry and antiviral/HIV activity studies of Calophyllum species in Sri Lanka. IUPAC symposium on the Chemistry of Natural Products, 20, B(6).
    • Dharmaratne, H. R. W., Wanigasekera, W. M. A. P., Greenwood, E. M. and Pezzuto, J. M., (1996). Soulattrolide an inhibitor of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Reverse Transcriptase from Calophyllum cordato-oblongum SAREC-IPICS-IFS-NARESA Symposium on bioactive natural products IFS, Kandy Sri Lanka (11-15, Nov.1996)
    • Dharmaratne, H. R. W., Wanigasekera, W. M. A. P., (1995). Pyranocoumarins from the stem bark of Calophyllum cordato-oblongum Thw. Proc. Sri Lanka Assoc. Adv .Sci., 1, (384-385).
    • Dharmaratne, H. R. W., Wanigasekera, W. M. A. P., Amarasekara A. S., (1995). Batukinaxanthone, a new trioxygenated diprenylated chromenoxanthone from Calophyllum thwaitesii Planch and Triana. Proc. Sri Lanka Assoc. Adv. Sci., 1, (386-387).
    • Dharmaratne, H. R. W., Wanigasekera, W. M. A. P., (1994). Xanthones from roots of Calophyllum thwaitesii Planch and Triana. Proc. Sri Lanka Assoc. Adv. Sci., 50, (227).
    • Jayasinghe, U. L. B., . Maharoof U. S. M., Wanigasekera, W. M. A. P. and Wannigama, G. P., (1992). Extractives of Anamirta cocculus, and Proc. Sri Lanka Assoc. Adv. Sci., 48, (121).