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Dr. (Ms.) O.D.A.N Perera

Senior Lecturer
Department of Food Science & Technology,
Wayamba University of Sri Lanka,
Makandura, Gonawila (60170),
Sri Lanka.
 

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Education

  • PhD in Food Science & Technology (Ballarat, Australia)  
  • M.Phil. in Postharvest Technology (Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)
  • B.Sc. Botany Hons. (Subsidiary subject – Chemistry) (Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)

 Extension of Knowledge

  • Food Product Development

  • Food Processing & Preservation Technology

  • Food Packaging

  • Microbiology

  • Biotechnoly in Food Science


 Fields of Research

  • Food Product Development

  • Minimal processing

  • Emerging non thermal Food processing technology

  • Postharvest Technology of Fruits and Vegetables


Ongoing Research Projects

  • Preparation of an alcoholic beverage from Tea, Research Grant (0.15 Mn) awarded by Wayamba University of Sri Lanka Research Grant Scheme; 2011-2013; Chief-Investigator

  • Product diversification of Tilapia/Carp catch to support the government’s policy of inland fishery in Sri Lanka Research Grant (2.099 Mn) awarded by Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (CARP) 2010-2012, Co-Investigator

  • Health food for preventive care: novel food product development based on Cinnamon. Research Grant (0.15 Mn) awarded by Wayamba University of Sri Lanka Research Grant Scheme; 2012-2014; Chief-Investigator

  • Competitive Research Grant: Screening for antioxidant activity in some edible leafy vegetables popular in Sri Lanka (1.4 Mn) awarded by National Science Foundation 2013-2015 ; Co-Investigator

  • Development of novel synbiotic shelf-stable fruit, vegetable and cereal beverages and assessing their economic feasibility. Faculty Research Grant (0.3 Mn) awarded by Open University of Sri Lanka; 2014-2016; Co-Investigator

  • National Thematic Research Programme on Food Security: Food Security through Adoption of Pre-harvest Technologies: Improving Quality of Fresh Produce by soil application of Potassium and  Siliconawarded (6 Mn) by National Science Foundation 2014-2016 ; Co-Investigator

  • Development of fermented and carbonated beverages using nutmeg (Myristica fragrance Houtt.) pericarps and evaluation of their medicinal properties. Wayamba University of Sri Lanka Research Grant (0.626 Mn) Scheme; 2014-2016; Chief-Investigator


Research Publications

A)International Peer Reviewed

  1. Perera N, Gamage TMV, Wakeling L, Gamlath GGS and Versteeg C. (2010) Colour     and texture of apples high pressure processed in pineapple juice. Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies 11(1), 39-46

  2. Perera A. N, and Karunaratne A.M. (2002) Postharvest calcium chloride treatments do   not help to increase shelf-life of bananas. Fruits 57, 87-94

  3. Perera, O.D.A.N. and Karunaratne, A.M. (2001) Response of bananas to postharvest acid treatments. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology 76 (1): 70-76

  4. Perera, O.D.A.N., Basnayake, B.M.K.M. K., and Karunaratne, A.M. (1999) Physicochemical characteristics, popularity and susceptibility to anthracnose of some local banana cultivars. Journal of National Science Foundation Sri Lanaka 27(2): 119-130

  5. Pupulawaththa A.W., Perera O.D.A.N., Ranwala A. (2014). Development of Fiber Rich Soft Dough Biscuits Fortified with Kohila (Lasia spinosa) Flour. Journal of Food Processing Technology 5:395. doi: 10.4172/2157-7110.1000395. 

B)National Peer Reviewed 

  1. Mufas, A.H.M., Rifas, A.H.M., Perera, O.D.A.N. (2013). Nutrition knowledge on diet-related chronic non communicable diseases among the graduates from South Eastern University of Sri Lanka. Proceeding of 3rdInternational research conference. South Eastern University of Sri Lanka. ISBN:978-955-627-042-6, Vol(2), page:1-5

  2. Mufas, A.H.M., O.D.A.N (2013). Study on development of pitaya fruit (Hylocereus undatus) incorporated ice cream; an alternative solution to the pitaya cultivators in Sri Lanka. Proceeding of 3rd International research conference. South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, ISBN:978-955-627-042-6, Vol(1), page:1-5.

  3. Mufas, A.H.M., Perera, O.D.A.N. (2012). Alteration of pitaya pulp into a value added product to reduce the post harvest losses. International research conference, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, ISSN: 2279-1922, page: 193.

  4. Mufas, A.H.M.., Perera, O.D.A.N. (2012). Development of dragon fruit incorporated ice-cream. Annual academic session, Open University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka. ISSN 2012-9912, Page 218-221.

C)International Proceedings/ Conference

  1. Gamage S.M., Mihirani, M.K.S., Weerahewa H.L.D. and Perera, O.D.A.N. (2015). Development of Synbiotic beverage from beet root juice using beneficial probiotic Lactobacillus casei 431. 1st IFSTSL Annual Research Session – Extended Abstracts, p 1-4, 15 December 2015. (Presenting Author- Oral Presentation)

  2. Mihirani, M.K.S., Jayasundera, J.M.M.A., Pathiraje, P.M.H.D. and Perera, O.D.A.N. (2014). Formulation of value added crackers using defatted coconut flour. Proceedings of the Peradeniya University International Conference, Sri Lanka, vol.18, 190 p. 4-5th July 2014.

  3. Pupulawaththa, A.W., Perera, O.D.A.N. and Ranwala, A. (2014). Development of fiber rich soft dough biscuits fortified with Lasia spinosa (kohila) flour. Proceedings of Peradeniya University International Conference, Sri Lanka, vol.18, 191p. 4-5th July 2014.

  4. Priyadarshani, K.V.P.I., Prasadi, V.P.N. and Perera, O.D.A.N. (2014). Preparation of an alcoholic beverage from tea. Proceedings of Wayamba University International Conference, Sri Lanka, 221p. 29-30th August 2014.

  5. Piratheepan, S. Sangeetha, S., Perera, O.D.A.N. Srivijendran, S. and Jayasinghe, C.V.L. (2014). Development of  Palmyrah (Borassus flabellifer) tuber based precooked supplementary food “Palmyrah Nutrimix”, Proceedings of  Wayamba University International Conference, Sri Lanka, 219 p. 29-30th August 2014.

  6. Gamage, S.M., Hewajulige, I.G.N. and Perera O.D.A.N. (2014). Impregnation of ethylene scrubbers in paper made from banana fibre delay ripening of ‘Ambul’ banana.1st Ruhuna International Science and Technology Conference, (RISTCON) University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka, p 93, 22-23 January 2014.

  7. Pupulawaththa, A.W., Perera, O.D.A.N. and Ranwala, A. (2014). Development of fiber rich soft dough biscuits fortified with kohila (Lasia spinosa) flour.1st Ruhuna International Science and Technology Conference, (RISTCON) University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka, p 82, 22-23 January 2014.

  8. Mihirani, M.K.S., Jayasundera, J.M.M.A., Pathiraje, P.M.H.D. and Perera, O.D.A.N. (2014). Formulation of value added crackers using defatted coconut flour and evaluation of its quality parameters. 1st Ruhuna International Science and Technology Conference, (RISTCON) University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka, p 88, 22-23 January 2014.

  9. Rathnayaka, R.M.C.P., Pathiraje and Perera, O.D.A.N. (2014). Development of a cinnamon flavoured butter. 1st Ruhuna International Science and Technology Conference, (RISTCON) University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka, p 95, 22-23 January 2014.

  10. Mufas, A.H.M., Rifas, A.H.M., Perera, O.D.A.N. (2013). Nutrition knowledge on diet-related chronic non communicable diseases among the graduates from South Eastern University of Sri Lanka. Proceeding of 3rd International Research Conference. South Eastern University of Sri Lanka. ISBN:978-955-627-042-6, Vol(2), page:1-5.

  11. Mufas, A.H.M. and Perera O.D.A.N. (2013). Study on development of pitaya fruit (Hylocereus undatus) incorporated ice cream; an alternative solution to the pitaya cultivators in Sri Lanka. Proceeding of 3rd International Research Conference. South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, ISBN:978-955-627-042-6, Vol(1), page:1-5.

  12. Mufas, A.H.M. and Perera, O.D.A.N. (2013). Nutrition knowledge, food habits and health attitude of graduates on diet related chronic non-communicable disease: a cross sectional study in South Eastern University of Sri Lanka. Abstract has been accepted and ready for the presentation at 2nd International Conference on social science, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.     

  13. Mufas, A.H.M. and Perera, O.D.A.N. (2012). Alteration of pitaya pulp into a value added product to reduce the post harvest losses. International Research Conference, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, ISSN: 2279-1922, page: 193.                  

  14. Perera N, Gamage TMV, Gamlath, GGS, Wakeling L. and Versteeg C. (2008).Quality of      minimally processed peaches treated with high pressure and temperature 41stAnnual AIFST Convention Sydney, Australia, 21-24th July P16, p56

  15. Perera N, Gamage TMV, Gamlath GGS, Wakeling L. and Versteeg C. (2008). Fresh-cut peaches in pineapple juice treated with high pressure Food Innovation: Emerging Science, Technologies and Applications (FIESTA) 17-18th September

  16. Perera N, Gamage TMV, Gamlath GGS, Wakeling L. and Versteeg C. (2008). Quality of minimally processed peaches treated with high pressure and mild temperature University of Ballarat Annual Research Conference 5th November

  17. Perera N, Gamage TMV and Gamlath GGS. (2006). Effect of immersion media on browning of High Pressure Processed (HPP) apple cubes University of Ballarat Annual Research Conference 8th November

  18. Perera N, Gamage TMV, Gamlath GGS and Versteeg C. (2008). Effect of high pressure and pineapplejuice on browning of minimally processed apples IFT New Orleans 29th June -1st July

  19. Perera, N. and Karunaratne, A.M. (1996) Effect of different organic acids and sodium bicarbonate compared to a benlate treatment, on ripening and disease development of banana var. `Embul’ Postharvest `96 conference, Taupo, New Zealand. 4-9 Aug., (Abs) H4. p. 206 

D)National Proceedings/ Conference

  1. Thilakrathne W.PD.W., Gunawardhne, K.V.T. and Perera O.D.A.N. (2015) Stabilization of rice bran using saturated steam and development of rice bran incorporated cracker. Proceeding of the 71st Annual Sessions of Sessions of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. p. 20. Abs.)

  2. Mufas, A.H.M. and Perera, O.D.A.N. (2012). Development of dragon fruit incorporated ice-cream. Annual academic session, Open University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka. ISSN 2012-9912, Page 218-221

  3. Perera, N. and  Karunaratne, A.M. (1998) Studies on calcium treatment on `Embul’ bananas. Proceedings of the Fifty Fourth Annual Session of  Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (Abs.) 116

  4. Basnayake, B.M.K.M.K., O.D.A.N. Perera and A.M. Karunaratne (1997) A comparative study of some physicochemical parameters of five varieties of banana. Research Session 1996. Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya. (Abs.) p 8

  5. Perera, N., and A. M. Karunaratne (1995) Changes in postharvest disease development and ripening of `Embul' bananas treated with acid and alkaline substances compared to a benlate treatment. Proceedings of the Annual Research Sessions, University of Peradeniya, Aug 10, 1996. p 147 (Abs.)

  6. Perera, N., and A. M. Karunaratne (1995) A study of some peel characteristics of five local varieties of banana, and non-pesticidal chemicals that promote resistance to postharvest diseases. Proceedings of the Fifty First Annual Sessions of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. p.68-70. Abs.)

  7. Perera, N., N. K. B. Adikaram and A. M. Karunaratne (1994) The effect of calcium on the shelf-life of bananas var. Ambul. Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya Research Sessions. p. 2 (Abs.)

E)Non Peer Reviewed

  1. Balasooriya, B.K.P.C., Hewapathirana, H.P.D.T. and Perera, O.D.A.N. (2015).Developing a novel method to collect fresh coconut (Cocos nucifere) sap for the production of coconut sugar. Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2015, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 39, 14th October 2015.

  2. Thanushan, S., Herath, H.M.T. and Perera, O.D.A.N. (2015) Formulation of cereal based instant mix from locally available whole grain cereals with “Good Dietary Fiber Source” for elderly population. Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2015, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 35, 14th October 2015.

  3. Wijesinghe, M.G.T.M. and Perera, O.D.A.N. (2015) Phytochemical composition and antimicrobial properties of nutmeg (Myristica fragrans Houtt.) pericarp. Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2015, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 51, 14th October 2015.

  4. Pilippanna, P.A.S., Pathirage, A.C. and Perera, O.D.A.N. (2015) Effect of spices on physio-chemical properties and microbiological safety of vergin coconut oil. Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2015, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 50, 14th October 2015.

  5. Bandara, W.M.K.I., Perera, O.D.A.N. and Weerahewa, H.L.D. (2015) Enhancing disease resistance and improving quality of papaya (Carica papaya L.) by postharvest application of silica. Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2015, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 53, 14th October 2015.

  6. Thilakarathna, W.P.D.W., Gunawardhane, K.V.T., Abeysekara, W.P.K.M. and Perera, O.D.A.N. (2014). Rice bran stabilization by saturated steam, its effect on antioxidant activity and development of rice bran incorporated cracker. Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2014, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 61, 05th November 2014.

  7. Vidanagamage, S.A., Pathiraje, P.M.H.D. and Perera O.D.A.N. (2014). Effect of Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) extracts on functional properties on dairy butter. Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2014, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 60, 05th November 2014.

  8. Alwis, A.D.P.S., Perera O.D.A.N. and Weerahewa, H.L.D. (2014). Development of carrot-based synbiotic beverage. Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2014, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 50, 05th November 2014.

  9. Kumari, D.A.M. M., Pathiraje, P.M.H. D. and Perera O.D.A.N. (2014). Development and evaluation of Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans Houtt.) pericarp based fermented drink.Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2014, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 49, 05th November 2014.

  10. Widyadhara, H.W.I.S., Senarathna, S.A.M.C.U. and Perera O.D.A.N. (2014). Production od Sago (“Sawu”) using starch incorporated with flour of local cassava varieties (Manihot exculenta crantz) as a substitute for sago import. Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2014, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 55, 05th November 2014. 

  11. Rajananda, M.J.S., Pathiraje, P.M.H.D. and Perera O.D.A.N. (2014). Development and evaluation of a curry leaves based sauce formulation. Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2014, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 52, 05th November 2014.  

  12. Bandara, K.M.R.C., Perera, O.D.A.N. and Sarananda, K.H. (2013). Popping quality of locally available finger millet and possibility of using popped finger millet in product development. Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2013, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 37, 12th December 2013.

  13. Gamage, S.M., Hewajulige, I.G.N. and Perera O.D.A.N. (2013). Ethylene scrubber impregnated of in banana fibre paper may delay ripening of ‘Ambul’ banana. Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2013, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 39, 12th December 2013.

  14. Mihirani, M.K.S., Jayasundera, J.M.M.A., Pathiraje, P.M.H.D. and Perera, O.D.A.N. (2013). Formulation of value added crackers using defatted coconut flour. Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2013, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 41, 12th December 2013.

  15. Pupulawaththa, A.W., Perera, O.D.A.N. and Ranwala, A. (2013). Development of fiber rich soft dough biscuits fortified with kohila (Lasia spinosa) flour. Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2013, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 46, 12th December 2013.

  16. Rathnayaka, R.M.C.P., Pathraje, P.M.H.D. and Perera, O.D.A.N. (2013).Development of cinnamon powder incorporated dairy butter. Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2013, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 51, 12th December 2013.

  17. Piratheepan, S., Sangeetha, S. and Perera, O.D.A.N. (2013). Development of palmyrah tuber based precooked supplementary food. Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium-2013, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries and Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, p 53, 12th December 2013.

  18. Perera D.V.M. and Perera O.D.A.N. (2002) Processing of Banana chips using Banana cultivars, Alukesel, Mondon and Seni kesel Proceedings of 2nd Agricultural Research Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Wayamba University, Makandura, Gonawila, Sri Lanka., p 53-59

  19. Ranawana D.V., Wilson R.S. and Perera O.D.A.N. (2003) Use of some generally recognized as safe compounds for the Postharvest Control of Thielaviopsis Fruit rot of Pineapple (Ananas cosmosus L.) Proceedings of 3rd Agricultural Research Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Wayamba University, Makandura, Gonawila, Sri Lanka., p. 225-233

  20. Siriwardhana, K.E.S., Siriwardhana, T.D.W. and Perera O.D.A.N. (2003) Development of instant fruit beverage powder using wood apple (Feronia limonia L.) and bael fruits (Aegle marmelos) Proceedings of 3rd Agricultural Research Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Wayamba University, Makandura, Gonawila, Sri Lanka., p. 244-254

  21. Vidanage, U. V., Siriwardhana, T.D.W. and Perera O.D.A.N. (2003) Capsaicin content in hybrid and open pollinated chillie (Capsicum annum L.) and some observations on their storability Proceedings of 3rd Agricultural Research Symposium, Faculty of Agriculture and Plantation Management, Wayamba University, Makandura, Gonawila, Sri Lanka., p. 255-264.