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Ms. W.P. K. M. ABEYSEKARA

 

Research Scientist


Herbal Technology Section

Qualifications

B.Sc. – special degree in Plant Bio Technology

(University of Colombo, 2005)

 

Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (PGDBM)

(University of Colombo, Faculty of Graduate Studies, 2007)

 

Ph.D. - Molecular Biology and Physiology

(University of Colombo, 2012- to date)

 

Contacts

Tel: 94 011 2379848     Ext 325;

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Specialized Fields

  • Bioactivity of foods and natural products
  • Functional foods and nutraceuticals
  • Plant molecular biology, Bio chemistry

Interest Areas       

  • Assessing functionality of foods and natural products
  • Development of functional foods and nutraceuticals

Publications

 

 

 

  • Ranasinghe, P., Ranasinghe, P., Abeysekera, W.P.K.M., Premakumara, G.A.S., Perera Y.S., Gurugama, P., Gunatilake, S.B. (2012). In vitro erythrocyte membrane stabilization properties of Carica papaya L. leaf extracts, Pharmacognosy Research, 4 (04): 196-202.
  • Ratnasooriya W.D,  Abeysekera, W.P.K.M. and Muthunayake, T.B.S.,Effect of Sri Lankan Low Grown Orthodox Orange Pekoe Grade Black Tea (Camellia sinensis L.) on In vitro Anti-elastase Activity, International Journal of Research in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, Vol. 4 (3) Jul– Sep 2013.
  • Abeysekera, W. P. K. M., Premakumara, G. A. S., W. D Ratnasooriya (2013). In vitro antioxidant properties of bark and leaf extracts of Ceylon Cinnamon (zeylanicum Blume), Tropical Agricultural Research, Vol. 24 (2): 128-138.
  • Ratnasooriya, W. D., Abeysekera, W. P. K. M., and Ratnasooriya, C. T. D. In vitro anti-hyaluronidase activity of Sri Lankan low grown orthodox orange pekoe grade black tea (Camellia sinensis L.),  Asian Pac J Trop Biomed 2014; 4(12): 959-963.
  • Ratnasooriya, W. D., Abeysekera, W. P. K. M., and Ratnasooriya, C. T. D. In vitro skin whitening and lightening properties of Sri Lankan low grown orthodox Orange Pekoe grade black tea, World J Pharm Sci 2014; 2(10): 1249-1252.

 

Communications

  • Wijayasiriwardena C., Abeysekera W.P.K.M., Premakumara, G.A.S. (2011). Pharmacognostical study on Pogostemon heyneanus Benth. (Kollankola) and its adulterant Eupatorium odoratum Linn. (Podisinnomaran), Proceedings of the Young Scientist Forum Symposium, pp 47.
  • Weeratunga, H.D., Abeysekera, W.P.K.M., Premakumara, G.A.S., Thavarajah, P., 2011.  Phenolic composition of two varieties of red lentils (Lens culinaris L.) consumed in Sri Lanka. Nutrition Society Annual Sessions.
  • Ranasinghe, P., Ranasinghe, P., Abeysekera, W.P.K.M., Premakumara, G.A.S., Perera Y.S., Gurugama, P., Gunatilake, S.B. (2011). In vitro erythrocyte membrane stabilization properties of Carica papaya L. leaf extracts, 3rd International Conference on Medicinal Plants and Herbal Products, Colombo, Sri Lanka. pp 105.
  • Abeysekera, W. P. K. M., Ranasinghe, P., Premakumara, G. A. S.,( 2011). Antioxidant properties of Moringa oleifera leaves cultivated in Sri Lanka, 67th SLAAS annual sessions. P 45.
  • Abeysekera, W. P. K. M., Premakumara, G. A. S., W. D Ratnasooriya (2012). In vitro antioxidant properties of bark and leaf extracts of Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume), Tropical Agricultural Research, p 13.
  • Abeysekera, W. P. K. M., Ranasinghe, P., Premakumara, G. A. S. (2012). Antioxidant properties of leaves of Moringa oleifera tea brew collected from three different districts in Sri Lanka, International conference on chemical sciences, Institute of Chemistry, Sri Lanka.
  • Abeysekera, W. P. K. M., Premakumara, G. A. S., W. D Ratnasooriya (2012). In vitro antioxidant properties of bark and leaf extracts of Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume), 3rd International conference of South Asian Association of Physiologists (SAAP-3).
  • Abeysekera, W. P. K. M., Premakumara, G. A. S., W. D Ratnasooriya (2013). Anti-elastase activity of Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume): A novel skin anti-aging property, Proceedings of the annual research symposium, SLAAS, p-27.
  • Abeysekera, W. P. K. M., Premakumara, G. A. S., W. D Ratnasooriya (2013). Glutathione S –Transferase enzyme inhibitory activity of Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum  zeylanicum Blume), Proceedings of the annual research symposium, University of Colombo, p-185.
  • Abeysekera, W. P. K. M., Ranasinghe, P., Premakumara, G. A. S. (2013). Anti-glycation, glycation reversing and antioxidant properties of leaves of Moringa oleifera (Murunga) tea brew, IOB, Proceedings of the 33rd annual sessions, p-67.
  • Abeysekera, W. P. K. M., Ranasinghe, P., Premakumara, G. A. S. (2013). Anti-genotoxic potential of Ceylon cinnamon (zeylanicum Blume), Young Scientist Forum, p- 2.
  • Abeysekera, W. P. K. M., Premakumara, G. A. S., W. D Ratnasooriya (2013). In vitro anti-diabetic properties of bark and leaf of Ceylon cinnamon (zeylanicum Blume), Proceedings of the annual research symposium, ITI, P-27.
  • Abeysekera, W. P. K. M., Premakumara, G. A. S., W. D Ratnasooriya (2014). In vitro lipase, cholesterol esterase and cholesterol micellization inhibitory activities of Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume) – KDU symposium.
  • Abeysekera, W. P. K. M., Premakumara, G. A. S., W. D Ratnasooriya (2014). Methylglyoxal mediated protein glycation inhibitory activity of Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume)- SLAAS 2014.
  • W .P. K. M Abeysekera, G. A. S. Premakumara, P. Ranasinghe, W. K. S. M Abeysekera, A. P. M. L Abeysuriya , P Fernando and U K B S S Gunasekara (2014). Selected chemical properties of leaves of Moringa oleifera (Murunga), SLAAS.
  • W .K .S. M Abeysekera, G. A. S Premakumara, U. K. D. S .S Gunasekara, P. Ranasinghe and W. P.K.M Abeysekera (2014). Antioxidant properties of brans of selected improved, old improved and traditional rice varieties (Oryza sativa L.) of Sri Lanka, SLAAS.

 

 

Major Projects Undertaken

  • Bio activity of Ceylon cinnamon (on going)
  • Assessment of nutritional value and analysis of quality control parameters of nutraceutical capsule, tea and anti-aging cream developed from Murunga (Moringa oleifera) leaves (on going)

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