Nishani Wijesekera

Dr. Nishani Wijesekera


Department of Basic Veterinary Science,
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science,
University of Peradeniya,



  • Peradeniya University Gold Medal for Most outstanding student graduating from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
  • Arunachalam Chinniah Gold Medal for best performance in BVSc Degree
  • S T Fernando Memorial Gold Medal for excellence in Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
  • S T Fernando Memorial Prize for excellence in Veterinary Parasitology
  • Astron Scholarship for best performance in first, second and third B.V.Sc Examinations (2011/2012 batch)
  • Mr. & Mrs. M. P. Seneviratne Gold Medal for Veterinary Parasitology for Second Examination for the Veterinary Degree (2011/2012 Batch)
  • Neurology, Neuro-Virology
  • The Herpes Simplex Virus 1 ICP0 promoter contains distinct enhancer domains transactivated by the glucocorticoid receptor and Krüppel-like transcription factor 15 Nishani Wijesekera and Clinton Jones publication date Apr 4, 2021 American Society for Virology (ASV) .

  • Occurrence of methicillin resistant S. aureus among mastitis cases in dairy cattle from Central and North Western Provinces of Sri Lanka, N. M. Wijesekera, M. A. Salgadu, B. N. Dissanayake, M. P. B. Wijayagunawardane, H. R. N. Jinadasa, Peradeniya University International Research Sessions, 2017

  • Progesterone sporadically induces reactivation from latency in female calves but proficiently stimulates bovine herpesvirus 1 productive infection publication dateDec 29, 2021 publication description-Journal of Virology Authors-Fouad El-Mayet, Gabriela Toomer, Jefffrey Ostler, Kelly Harrison, Vanessa Santos, Nishani Wijesekera, Erin Stayton, Jerry Ritchey, and Clinton Jones

  • Inhibition of stress induced viral promoters by a bovine herpesvirus 1 non-coding RNA and the cellular transcription factor,β-catenin publication date Jan 4, 2021 publication description-International Journal of Molecular Sciences Authors-Jing Zhao, Nishani Wijesekera and Clinton Jones

  • Pioneer transcription factors, progesterone receptor and Krüppel like transcription factor 4, cooperatively stimulate the bovine herpesvirus 1 ICP0 early promoter and productive late protein expression publication date-Aug 6, 2020 publication description-Virus research Authors-Laximan Sawant, Nishani Wijesekera, Clinton Jones

  • Specific Akt family members impair stress mediated transactivation of viral promoters and enhance neuronal differentiation: important functions for maintaining latency publication dateJul 29, 2020 publication description-Journal of Virology Authors- Jing Zhao, Liqian Zhu, Nishani Wijesekera, Clinton Jones

  • Progesterone increases the incidence of bovine herpesvirus 1 reactivation from latency and stimulates productive infection publication date Oct 2019 publication description-Virus Research Authors- Fouad S. El-mayet, Laximan Sawant, Nishani Wijesekera, Clinton Jones