Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science

Dr. D.P.Himali Wijesekara

Senior Lecturer

Office Address :

Department of Veterinary Pathobiology,

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science,

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya 20400, Sri Lanka

Email :  himsiya84uni@gmail.com /himpat84@gmail.com
Phone :  +94 81 2395611(office)
Education :
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) University of Peradeniya
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Japan

  • A scholarship awarded by Japanese government (MONBUKAGAKUSHO) in 2012 to pursue doctoral studies in Osaka Prefecture University Japan.
  • Best poster presentation in 4th Kobe International Conference on the care for all creatures 2015.
  • Award from the president of the Osaka Prefecture University for excellence in graduate research 2015/2016


  • Teach Microbiology for 2nd BVSc students



    Veterinary immunology, Cancer immunotherapy, Microbiology


    Journals

    1. Wijesekera DPH, Eiji Yuba, Nadeeka Harshini De Silva, Chihiro Ichida, Takeshi Izawa, Kazuyuki Itoh, Shingo Hatoya, Jyoji Yamate, Muneo Inaba, Toshio Inaba, Kikuya Sugiura. Manipulation of tumor microenvironment by cytokine gene transfection enhances dendritic cell-based immunotherapy. PLOS ONE (Submitted).
    2. De Silva NH, Akazawa T, Wijewardana V, Inoue N, Oyamada M, Ohta A, Tachibana Y, Wijesekera DPH, Kuwamura K, NishizawaY, Itoh K, Izawa T, Hatoya S, Hasegawa T, Yamate J, Inaba T, Sugiura K. Development of effective tumor immunotherapy by the combination of a dendritic cell–targeting Toll-like receptor ligand, interferon-gamma and cyclooxygenase inhibitors. PLOS ONE (2017).
    3. Nishimura T, Unezaki N, Kanegi R, Wijesekera DPH, Hatoya S, Sugiura K, Kawate N, Tamada H, Imai H, Inaba T. Generation of Canine Induced Extraembroynic Endoderm-like Cell Line That Forms Both Extraembryonic and Embryonic Endoderm Derivetives. Stem Cells and Developments. 26: 1111-1120 (2017). Nishimura T, Hatoya S, Kanegi R, Wijesekera DPH, Sanno K, Tanaka E, Sugiura K, Kawate N, Tamada H, Imai H, Inaba T. Feeder-independent canine induced pluripotent stem cells maintained under serum-free conditions. Mol. Reprod. Dev. (2017).
    4. Wijewardana V, Sugiura, K, Wijesekera DPH, Hatoya S, Nishimura T, Kanegi R, Ushigusa T, Inaba T. Effect of ovarian hormones on maturation of dendritic cells from peripheral blood monocytes in dogs. The Journal of veterinary medical science. 77:771-5 (2015).
    5. Wijesekera DPH, Sugiura K, Yuba E, Ueda K, Wijewardana V, Kanegi R, Nishimura T, Ushigusa T, Hatoya S, Kono K, Inaba T. Enhancement of anti-tumor immune responses by transfection of IFNγ gene into tumor using a novel type synthetic vector. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology. 162: 59–64 (2014).
    6. Wijewardana V, Sugiura K, Yahata M, Akazawa T, Wijesekera DPH, Imamoto S, Hatoya S, Inoue N, Inaba T. Production of canine soluble CD 40 ligand to induce maturation of monocyte derived dendritic cells for cancer immunotherapy. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology 2013; 156:121-7.

    Abstracts
    1. Manipulation of tumor microenvironment by cytokine gene transfection enhances dendritic cell-based immunotherapy. Wijesekera DPH, Sugiura K, Ichida C, Yuba E, Kono K, Yamate J, Kanegi R, Nishimura T, De Silva NH, Hatoya S, Inaba T. International Congress of Immunology, Melbourne, Australia, August 2016.
    2. Enhancement of anti-tumor immune response by transfection of IFNγ gene into tumor using novel type synthetic vectors. Wijesekera DPH, Sugiura K, Hatoya S, Inaba T. Japanese Society for Immunology, Sapporo, Japan, November 2015.
    3. Effect of ovarian hormones on maturation of dendritic cells from peripheral blood monocytes in dogs. De Silva NH, Sugiura K, Wijesekera DPH, Hatoya S, Inaba T. Japanese Society for Immunology, Sapporo, Japan, November 2015. D. P. Himali Wijesekera himsiya2015@gmail.com
    4. Improvement of dendritic cell- based immunotherapy for enhancing systemic immune responses against cancer. Wijewardana V, Sugiura K, Akazawa T, Wijesekera DPH, Imamoto S, Inoue N, Inaba T. Japanese Society for Immunology, Chiba, Japan, December 2013.