Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science

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Dr. W Deepani D Fernando

Senior Lecturer

Office Address :

Department of Veterinary Pathobiology,

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science,

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya 20400, Sri Lanka

Email :  deepanidarshika@gmail.com
Phone :  +94 81 2395721(office) / 0764584273
Education :
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) 1st class honors from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of Peradeniya (2011)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from University Of Queensland, Australia (2017)

  • American Committee of Medical Entomology (ACME) Young Investigator (Postdoc) Travel Award 2019
  • Australian Society for Parasitology Inc. Student Conference Travel Grant (2017)
  • Australian Society for Parasitology Best Postgraduate Student Presentation Award (2016)
  • Australian Society for Parasitology Inc. Student Conference Travel Grant (2016)
  • QIMR Berghofer HDC Travel Award (2016)
  • Australian Society for Parasitology Network Researcher Exchange, Training and Travel Award (2016)
  • Australian Society for Parasitology Inc. Student Conference Travel Grant (2015)
  • QIMR Berghofer PhD Top Up Award (2015)
  • Australian Society for Parasitology Inc. (ASP) Student Conference Travel Grant (2014)
  • University of Queensland International Scholarship (UQI) - Tuition fee award (2013)
  • QIMR Berghofer International PhD Scholarship (2013), QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia
  • Arunachalam Chinniah Gold Medal for the Best Performance in BVSc Degree (2011)
  • Prof. S.T. Fernando Memorial Gold Medal for Excellence in Veterinary Medicine (2011)
  • Prof. G.E.Kodituwakku Prize for Excellence in Veterinary Surgery (2011)
  • Dr. D. Seneviratne Memorial Gold Medal for Excellence in Veterinary Public Health (2009)
  • Dr. & Mrs. M.P. Senevirathne Memorial Gold Medal for best performance in Veterinary Parasitology (2008).
  • Prof. S.T. Fernando Memorial Prize for Excellence in Veterinary Parasitology (2008)
  • Astron (Pfizer) Veterinary Scholarship for the Best Performance in First, second & Third BVSc Examinations (2009)


  • Teach Veterinary Parasitology of 2nd year BVSc curriculum



    Veterinary and Medical Parasitology, Molecular Biology, Proteins and Peptides


    PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

    Year Awarding Body Project title and value Status
    2019 National Research Council “Development of Irradiated Multivalent Chicken Coccidial Oocyst Vaccine in Sri Lanka in-order to Minimize Drug Residues in Poultry Products”
    2019 University Research Grant “Molecular Detection, Identification and Pathogenesis of Coccidal Species in Poultry Industry in Sri Lanka” , In progress

    COLLABORATOR

    Year Awarding Body Project title and value Status
    2019 University Research Grant “Zoonotic Parasites of Non-human Primates that Could Contaminate Drinking Water Sources”.



    Journals

    1. Fernando D.D., Reynolds S.L., Zakrzewski M., Mofiz E., Papenfuss A.T., Fischer K. (2018). Phylogenetic relationships, stage-specific expression and localisation of a unique family of inactive cysteine proteases in Sarcoptes scabiei. Parasites & Vectors 11:301. DOI 10.1186/s13071-018-2862-0.
    2. Fernando D.D., Marr EJ, Zakrzewski M., Reynolds S.L., Burgess S.T.G., Fischer K. (2017). Gene silencing by RNA interference in Sarcoptes scabiei: a molecular tool to identify novel therapeutic targets. Parasites & Vectors 10:289. DOI 10.1186/s13071-017-2226-1 .
    3. Fernando, W.D.D., Munesinghe, D.M.S. (2013). The lipid peroxidation induced changes of Proteins in frozen fish. International Journal of Scientific research 9(2):183-185.


    Abstracts
    1. Sharma UNS, Fernando DD, Manawadu A, Pathirana IN and Rajapakshe RPVJ. Assessment of efficacy of Phylanthus emblica (Beheth Nelli) extracts as a potential anti-coccidia agen on Eimeria species in chicken. Contributor Poster Presentation and Awarded as the best poster presentation: International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment; 2019 February 28; University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.
    2. Charlotte Bernigaud, Deepani Fernando, Hieng Lu, Jacques Guillot, Gunter Hartel, Olivier Chosidow, Katja Fischer. Ovicidie des acaricides : quelles molécules tuent les œufs de Sarcoptes scabiei dans un modèle in vitro? Contributor Oral presentation: Journées dermatologiques de Paris, National French dermatology conference; 2018 December 13; Paris, France.
    3. Bernigaud C., Fernando D., Lu H., Chosidow O., Fischer K. Revisiting guidelines for the environmental control of human scabies. Contributor Oral presentation: Australian Society for Parasitology Conference; 2018 September 24-27; Melbourne, Australia
    4. Bernigaud C., Fernando D., Lu H., Chosidow O., Fischer K. Efficacité de différentes conditions de lavage en machine vis-à-vis de S. scabiei: propositions de recommendations (2017). Contributor for oral presentation: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie 144(12):S78. DOI 10.1016/j.annder.2017.09.072 .
    5. Fernando, W.D.D., Reynolds, S.L., Webb, R., Jones, M. and Fischer, K. A novel group of scabies mite inactive cysteine proteases acts as pro-coagulants. Oral presentation: Australian Society for Parasitology Conference; 2017 June 26-29; Leura, NSW, Australia.
    6. Wei, M.Y., Lu, H.C., Fernando, D.D., Swe-Kay, P., Reynolds, S.L., Zakrzewski, M., Fischer, K. Complement inhibition a molecular mechanism underlying host specificity of Sarcoptes scabiei? Contributor for oral presentation: Australian Society for Parasitology Conference; 2017 June 26-29; Leura, NSW, Australia.
    7. Fernando, W.D.D.,Reynolds, S.L. and Fischer, K. Cloning, expression, and characterisation of scabies mite inactivated cysteine protease paralogues (SMIPP-Cs). Oral presentation: XIX International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria (ICTMM 2016); 2016 September 18-22; Brisbane, Australia.
    8. Fernando, W.D.D., Marr, E. J., Reynolds, S.L., Burgess, S.T.G and Fischer, K. Establishment of RNA interference in the scabies mite, Sarcoptes scabiei var. suis. Oral presentation: XIX International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria (ICTMM); 2016 September 18-22; Brisbane, Australia.
    9. Fernando, W.D.D., Reynolds, S.L. and Fischer, K. Scabies mite inactivated cysteine protease paralogues (SMIPP-Cs). Oral presentation at: Early career researcher seminar, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute; 2016 May 6; Brisbane Australia.
    10. Fernando, W.D.D., Reynolds, S.L., Pike R.N., McManus D.P., Jones M., Fischer K. Scabies mite inactivated cysteine protease paralogues (SMIPP-Cs). Poster presentation at: 7th Biennial QIMR Berghofer Student Retreat Programme; 2015 September 17 – 18; Brisbane, Australia.
    11. Fernando, W.D.D., Reynolds, S.L. and Fischer, K. Immunohistological localisation of scabies mite inactivated cysteine protease paralogues (SMIPP-Cs). Oral presentation at: Student Symposium, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute; 2015 July 10; Brisbane, Australia.
    12. Fernando, W.D.D., Reynolds, S.L. and Fischer, K. Immunohistological localisation of scabies mite inactivated cysteine protease paralogues (SMIPP-Cs). Oral presentation at: New Zealand Society for Parasitology and Australian Society for Parasitology (NZSP+ASP) annual conference; 2015 June 29 – July 3; Auckland, New Zealand.
    13. Fernando, W.D.D., Reynolds, S.L. and Fischer, K. Immunohistological localisation of scabies mite inactivated cysteine protease paralogues (SMIPP-Cs). Poster presentation at: Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Post Graduate Student Conference; 2015 May 27 Brisbane, Australia.
    14. Fernando, W.D.D., Reynolds, S.L., Pike R.N., McManus D.P., Jones M., Fischer K. Scabies mite inactivated cysteine protease paralogues (SMIPP-Cs). Poster and “Speed Dating” oral presentation at: Australian Society for Parasitology Inc 50th Conference; 2014 June 30 – July 3; Canberra, Australia.
    15. Fernando, W.D.D., Reynolds, S.L., Pike R.N., McManus D.P., Jones M., Fischer K. Scabies mite inactivated cysteine protease paralogues (SMIPP-Cs). Poster presentation at: Melbourne Protein Group 13th Student Symposium; 2014 July 10; Melbourne, Australia.
    16. Fernando, W.D.D., Munesinghe, D.M.S., Gunewardana, D.C.A. and Weihena 2012. The lipid peroxidation induced changes in frozen fish. Oral Presentation at: Annual Scientific Sessions of Sri Lanka Veterinary Assocoation 64, 11.