Department of Farm Animal Production and Health

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science

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Dr. Aruna Amarasinghe

Senior Lecturer in Farm Animal Medicine

Office Address :

Department of Veterinary Farm Animal Production and Health

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science,

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya 20400, Sri Lanka

Email : arunavetlk@gmail.com 
Phone :  (official and mobile):
Education :
  • 2018 - Doctor of Philosophy (candidate), University of Calgary
  • 2013 - Master of Philosophy, University of Peradeniya
  • 2012 - Master of Science (Merit), Royal Veterinary College, University of London
  • 2006 - Bachelor of Veterinary Science (First class honours), University of Peradeniya

  • Credentials:
  • 2015 - Member of the Sri Lanka College of Veterinary Surgeons (MSLCVS)
  • 2014 – Certificate in Dairy nutrition, University of Ghent
  • 2007 - Certificate in Human Rights, University of Peradeniya
  • 2002 - Certificate in Environmental Awareness, University of Peradeniya

  • 2018/5 - Eyes-High International Doctoral Scholarship, University of Calgary
  • 2018/3 - Eyes High Top-Flight Award, University of Calgary
  • 2018/2 - Runners-up of the best poster presentation, UCVM Grad Research Day, University of Calgary
  • 2018/3 - Department of Ecosystem and Public Health Bridge Funding Scholarship Award, University of Calgary
  • 2017/9 - Giving Day Graduate Scholarship, The University of Calgary
  • 2017/9 - Letter of Recognition of achievements at the UCVM 9th Annual Students Awards Night, University of Calgary
  • 2017/9 - University of Calgary Faculty Women’s Club Graduate Scholarship
  • 2017/7 - Department of Ecosystem and Public Health Exemplary Performance Scholarship Award, University of Calgary
  • 2017/5 - Eyes-High International Doctoral Scholarship, University of Calgary
  • 2016/12 -Faculty of Graduate Studies Travel Award, University of Calgary
  • 2016/5 - Eyes-High International Doctoral Scholarship, University of Calgary
  • 2014/10 - VLIR-UOS (Flemish Inter-University Council) Scholarship, Belgium
  • 2014/6 - Best paper in animal health award, Sri Lanka Veterinary Association
  • 2013 - Presidential Award for Scientific Publications, National Research Council, Sri Lanka
  • 2012/6 - Best paper in clinical communication award, Sri Lanka Veterinary Association
  • 2008/1 - Commonwealth Scholarship, Commonwealth Secretariat, UK
  • 2007/10 - EU-Asia Link Research Fellowship, European Union
  • 2006/5 - Prof. G.E. Kodituwakku Prize for the Excellence in Veterinary Surgery, University of Peradeniya

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    Farm animal medicine and surgery, Veterinary epidemiology)


  • Epidemiology of animal diseases and herd health
  • Molecular epidemiology of viral diseases

  • Position Current Completed
    Project leader 1

    Completed projects
    Project Title: Investigation of bovine tuberculosis in upcountry dairy farms
    Date Range:2013 - 2015
    Funding Body: University Research Grant
    Position: Project leader


    Position MPhil. / PhD. currentl completed
    Co supervisor
    Supervisor MPhil. 01


    Completed supervisions:
    YPSN Kumara, Master of Philosophy prevalence of bovine tuberculosis in upcountry dairy farms


    Journals

    1. Amarasinghe A, Abdul-Cader MS, Almatrouk Z, van der Meer F, Cork SC, Gomis S, Abdul-Careem MF (2018) Induction of innate host responses characterized by production of interleukin (IL)-1β and recruitment of macrophages to the respiratory tract of chickens following experimental infection with infectious bronchitis corona virus (IBV)", Veterinary Microbiology. 215:1-10. (Impact factor-2017:2.628)
    2. Abdul-Cader MS, Tapia VP, Amarasinghe A, Ahmed-Hassan H, De Silva Senapathi U, Abdul- Careem MF (2018). Hatchery vaccination against poultry viral diseases: Potential mechanisms and limitations. Viral Immunology. 31(1):23-33. (Impact factor-2015:1.54)
    3. Abdul-Cader MS, Amarasinghe A, Palomino-Tapia V, Ahmed-Hassan H, Bakhtawar K, Nagy E, Sharif S, Gomis S, Abdul-Careem MF (2018) In ovo CpG DNA delivery increases innate and adaptive immune cells in respiratory, gastrointestinal and immune systems post-hatch correlating with lower infectious laryngotracheitis virus infection, Plos-One, 2018; 13(3): e0193964. (Impact factor-2015: 4.414)
    4. Amarasinghe A, Abdul-Cader MS, Nazir S, De Silva Senapathi U, van der Meer F, Cork SC, Gomis S, Abdul-Careem MF (2017). Infectious bronchitis corona virus establishes a productive infection in avian macrophages interfering with selected antimicrobial functions. Plos-One, 12(8): e018180110. (Impact factor-2015: 4.414)
    5. Abdul-Cader MS, Hanaa AH, Amarasinghe A, Eva N, Shayan S, Abdul-Careem MF (2017) Toll-like receptor (TLR)21 signaling mediated antiviral response against avian influenza virus infection correlates with macrophage recruitment and nitric oxide (NO) production. Journal of General Virology, 98(6):1209-23. ((Impact factor-2015: 3.192))
    6. Abdul-Cader MS, Amarasinghe A, Abdul-Careem MF (2016). Activation of toll-like receptor signaling pathways leading to nitric oxide-mediated antiviral responses. Archives of Virology. 161: 2075-2086. (Impact factor-2015: 2.255)
    7. Yindee M, Vlamings BH, Wajjwalku W, Techakumphu M, Lohachit C, Sirivaidyapong S, Thitaram C, Amarasinghe A, Alexander PABD, Colenbrander AB, Lenstra JA. (2010). Y-chromosomal variation confirms independentdomestications of swamp and river buffalo. Animal Genetics (Ranking: 2015: 7/58 (Agriculture Dairy & Animal Science). 41(4): 433-435.

    Books
  • Co-author, Chapter 3 - The Variety of Clinical Skills Centre Models relevant to location, Veterinary Clinical Skills Manual, Edited by N Coombes and A Silva-Fletcher (2018), CABI, London.

  • Abstracts
    1. Amarasinghe A, Abdul-Cader MS, Papowich S, Marshell F, van der Meer F, Cork SC, Gomis S and Abdul-Careem MF. Characterization of infectious bronchitis virus infection in Western Canada layer flocks affected with shell less egg syndrome. Conference proceedings, In 67th Western Poultry Disease Conference, Salt Lake City, UT on April 16-18, 2018. pp.9-11 (Oral presentation)
    2. Amarasinghe A, Abdul-Cader MS, Almatrouk Z, van der Meer F, Cork SC, Gomis S and Abdul-Careem MF. Investigation of innate host responses in the respiratory tracts of chickens following infectious bronchitis virus infection. Conference proceedings, In 67th Western Poultry Disease Conference, Salt Lake City, UT on April 16-18, 2018. pp. 10-14 (Poster presentation)
    3. U. SenapathiA, M. Abdul-CaderA, Amarasinghe A, E. Nagy, S. Sharif B, S. GomisC, and M. Abdul-CareemA. In ovo delivered CPG oligonucleotides protect chickens against infectious bronchitis: potential roles of Innate and adaptive immune cells, Conference proceedings, In 67th Western Poultry Disease Conference, Salt Lake City, UT on April 16-18, 2018. pp. 66-68 (Oral presentation)
    4. Abdul-Cader MS, Amarasinghe A, Hassan H, Abdul- Careem MF. (2017). Enhanced macrophage response post-hatch in chickens following in-ovo delivery of nucleic acids. 66th Western Poultry Disease Conference, Sacramento, CA on March 20-22, 2017. pp. 1-2 (Poster presentation)
    5. Nazir S, Amarasinghe A, Abdul-Cader MS, Keil GM, Teifke JP, Abdul- Careem MF. (2016). Optimization of a double immunofluorescence technique for detection of infectious bronchitis virus within avian macrophages. Conference Proceedings. Conference for Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD), Chicago on December 4-6, 2016 (Poster presentation)
    6. Amarasinghe A, Nazir S, Abdul-Cader MS, Kameka A, van der Meer F, Abdul- Careem MF. (2016). Infectious bronchitis corona virus tropism for macrophages in vitro and in vivo. Conference Proceedings. Conference for Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD), Chicago on December 4-6, 2016 (Oral presentation)
    7. Abdul-Cader MS, Amarasinghe A, Nagy E, Sharif S, Abdul- Careem MF. (2016). Inhibitory effect of NO against low path avian influenza virus replication in chicken. Conference proceedings. Western Poultry Disease Conference, Vancouver, Canada on April 24-26, 2016. pp. 222-223 (Oral presentation)
    8. Amarasinghe A, Abdul-Cader MS, Gomis S, Marshall F, van der Meer F, Abdul- Careem MF. (2016). Screening for IBV in shell-less egg (SES) cases in Western Canada. Conference proceedings. Western Poultry Disease Conference, Vancouver on April 24-26, 2016. pp. 13-14 (Oral presentation)
    9. Amarasinghe A, Abdul-Cader MS, Papowich S, Marshell F, van der Meer F, Cork SC, Gomis S and Abdul-Careem MF. Characterization of infectious bronchitis virus infection in Western Canada layer flocks affected with shell less egg syndrome. In UCVM Graduate Research Day, University of Calgary on February 27, 2018. (Poster presentation) -won the award of runners-up for the best poster presentation out of 54 posters)
    10. Amarasinghe A, Abdul-Cader MS, Papowich S, Marshell F, van der Meer F, Cork SC, Gomis S and Abdul-Careem MF. Infectious bronchitis virus infection and the shell-less egg syndrome in Western Canada layer flocks. In Peer beyond graduate research symposium, University of Calgary on February 20, 2018. (Poster presentation)
    11. Nazir S, Amarasinghe A, Abdul-Cader MS, Abdul-Careem MF (2016). Infectious bronchitis corona virus replicates within avian macrophages in vitro and in vivo. Symposium booklet. Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Education (SURE) Research Day, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary. Conference Date: 2016/8 (Oral presentation)
    12. Amarasinghe, AAAWK (2014) Family dairy keeping in Jaffna Peninsula of the island of Sri Lanka and its unique features, current and future challenges, In be troplive symposium on “Animal biodiversity and family farming: facts from the field", Ath, Belgium, pp.9-10.
    13. Amarasinghe, AAAWK, Alexander, B., Pushpakumara, A., Jayasekara, N., Perera, O., Wajjwalku, W., Dejchaisri S., Thitaram, C., Colenbrander, B., Stout, T. and Lenstra, J. (2010) Genetic diversity among wild elephants in Sri Lanka, based on mitochondrial control region analysis. In EU-Asia Link Project Symposium ‘Health and Reproduction of Asian Elephants, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, pp. 59-62.
    14. Thitaram, C., Somgird, C., Dejchaisri, S., Vlamings, B., Amarasinghe, A., Thongtip, N., Angkavanich, T., Mahasawangkul, S., Colenbrander, B. and Lenstra, J. (2009) Genetic aspects of elephant conservation and breeding management, In Symposium to mark the occasion of Chatchote Thitaram’s PhD thesis defence, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht.
    15. Amarasinghe A, Kumara YHPSN, Nishanantha K, Pushpakumara PGA, Alexander PABD, De Silva LNA and Kuzmak J (2014) Detection of bovine tuberculosis and enzootic bovine leucosis in dairy herds in Sri Lanka, In One health international conference, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, (p.30).
    16. Kumara YHPSN, Salgadu MA, Nishanantha K, Weerasekara DK, Magana-Arachchi DN, Pushpakumara PGA, De Silva LNA, Alexander PABD, Jinadasa RN and Amarasinghe, A (2014) Detection of bovine tuberculosis in Sri Lanka using molecular techniques, In One health international conference, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, (p.24).
    17. Worawidh W, Lekcharoen P, Amarasinghe A. (2009) Mixed Infection of Benign Theileria sp. in Sambar Deer (Cervus unicolor), In 10th biennial conference of STVM, Lubeck, Germany, p.86 (Poster presentation).