Dr. K.D.P.P. Gunathilake


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

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Education
  • Ph.D. (University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka)
  • M.Sc. (by research) (Dalhousie University, Canada)
  • M.Sc. (Uni. of Peradeniya)
  • B.Sc.(Agric.) (Uni. of Peradeniya)

 Extension of Knowledge
  • Biotechnology in Food Science
  • Principles of Food Engineering
  • Postharvest Technology of Fruits & Vegetables
  • Confectionary and Beverage Technology
  • Cereal Chemistry and Bakery Technology
  • Research Project in Food Science & Technology

 Ongoing Research Projects
  • Screening for antioxidant activity in some edible leafy vegetables popular in Sri Lanka
  • Effect of some culinary leaf extracts as antioxidant in some fish/meat based products
  • Development of value added functional product from underutilized agricultural commodities
  • Evaluation of locally available cereals/yams as sources of starch, bioactives, wheat substitutes
  • Extraction, characterization and evaluation of pectin from plant sources
  • Extraction, characterization and evaluation of bioactives from rice bran

  • Awards
  • The most outstanding Young Researcher- Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, 2017
  • Merit Presenter- Wayamba University Research Congress-2018
  • President’s Awards for Scientific publications 2016- for the research paper published in Journal of Functional Foods
  • President’s Awards for Scientific publications 2014- for the research paper published in Food Chemistry
  • Hiran Thilakaratne Special Award for Outstanding Postgraduate Research (Agriculture), University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka (2015)
  • Gordon B. Kinsman Memorial Scholarship awarded for the graduate research, at Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Canada (2011)
  • National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka, Travel grant to attend “Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds in Health and Disease: Science and Practice”, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA on March 25-26, 2017.
  • Graduate Research Assistantship (2010)- Faculty of Agriculture/University of Dalhousie, Canada
  • Dalhousie University’s Travel grant to attend “World Congress on In vitro Biology” 2012, Seattle, Washington State. USA.
  • Patents: Long storable coconut paste as an alternative for highly perishable coconut milk. Sri Lanka Patent No. 13389
  • Netherland Fellowship (NUFFIC) awarded for a short term training on Food and Agribusiness  at International Agricultural Centre, Waginengen, Netherland (2005)
  • CIRAD Fellowship (France) awarded  for a short term training on Food Science at Institute of CIRAD, Montpellier, France (2005)
  • Awarded the certificate of commendations at the competition on “Best locally developed and transferred technology” for the Development of coconut paste by National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka on 10th, Nov, 2005

  • Publications
A)Peer-reviewed international journals


1. Gunathilake K.D.P.P., Pitts, N., Rupasinghe, H. P. V. (2013). Formulation and characterization of a bioactives-enriched fruit beverage designed for cardio-protection. Food Research International, 52(2), 535-541.

2. Gunathilake K.D.P.P., Rupasinghe, H. P. V. (2015). Recent perspective in medicinal potential of ginger-a review. Botanics and target therapy, 3.

3. Gunathilake K.D.P.P., Wang, Y., Rupasinghe, H. P. V. (2013). Evaluation of cardio-protective properties of functional beverage using an animal model of spontaneously hypertensive rats. Journal of Functional Foods, 5, 1392-1401.

4. Gunathilake K.D.P.P., Yu, L. J., Rupasinghe, H. P. V. (2014). Reverse osmosis as a potential technique to improve antioxidant properties of fruit juices used for functional beverages. Journal of Food Chemistry, 148, 336-341.

5. K.D.P.P. Gunathilake and D.N.H. Samarasinghe, (2015). "Evaluation of Properties of Dikiri Pulp in the Formulation of Jam. CORD Vol. 31 No. 2, 2015.

6. Gunathilake K.D.P.P., Rupasinghe, H. P. V. (2014) Inhibition of human low density lipoprotein oxidation in vitro by ginger extracts. Journal of Medicinal Foods, 17 (4), 424-431.

7. Gunathilake K.D.P.P., Rupasinghe, H. P. V. (2014) Optimization of water based-extraction methods for the preparation of bioactive rich ginger extract using response surface methodology. European Journal of Medicinal Plants, 4(8).

8. Gunathilake, K.D.P.P. & Rathnayake, R.M.C.N. (2012) Optimum Physico-Chemical and Processing Parameters for the Preservation of King Coconut Water CORD 28 (1) 1-8

9. K.D.P.P. Gunathilake, J.A.K.M. Fernando, D.S. Jayawickrama (2011). Development of Low Cost Coconut Water Vinegar Making Process and Evaluation of “Generator Process” to Accelerate the Acetification. CORD, (27(1).

10. K.D.P.P.Gunathilake, C.Yalegama and A.A.N.Kumara (2010), Use of coconut flour as a source of protein and dietary fibre in wheat bread, Asian Journal of Food and Agro-Industry,Vol 3, Issue1.

11. K.D.P.P.Gunathilake, M.A.M. Javidh, Perera, G.R.P.K., Chamila Thilakhewa, A.A.N.Kumara (2010). Value added products from Dikiri coconuts; preparation, compositional and sensory qualities. CORD, International journal on coconut R&D, 26(2).

12. K.D.P.P.Gunathilake, Chamila Thilakhewa, A.A.N,Kumara (2009), Nutritional Composition of Dikiri coconut, CORD, Journal of Asian and Pacific Coconut Community, Vol. 25, N0.2.

13. K.D.P.P.Gunathilake, Y.M.R.K.Abeyrathne (2008), Incorporation of Coconut flour into wheat flour noodles and evaluation of its rheological, nutritional and sensory characteristics. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation 32 (1), 133–142.

14. G.G.S.Gamlath, Dassanayake, L. & Gunathilake K.D.P.P. (2004). Preservation of Fresh Coconut Gratings by Hurdle Technique. Food Australia, Official Journal of AIFST Inc, Vol. 56, No.4.

B)Peer-reviewed national journals
  1. Gunathilake K.D.P.P. (2006) “Application of combination preservation technique to Preserve Fresh Scraped Coconut. Journal of National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, 2006 33(4):265-268.

  2. Gunathilake K.D.P.P., Bandara A.G.A. (2005). “Preparation and Evaluation of physico-chemical and shelf life of coconut paste added Instant chicken curry mix” , COCOS, Journal of Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka.

  3. Gunathilake K.D.P.P., Jayasekera. C. (2004) Studies on development & storage of bottled Candied Coconut, COCOS, Journal of CRI.

  4. Gunathilake K.D.P.P., Gamlath G.G.S. (2002) “Development of Instant Herbal Porridge Mixtures from Osbeckia octandra leaves” in Journal of Tropical Agricultural Research Vol.14.

C)International conference proceedings

1. Gunathilake, K.D.P.P. and H.P.V. Rupasinghe. Inhibition of human low density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation by ginger (Zingiber officinale) extracts: An in vitro Study. 2012 World Congress on In Vitro Biology, Bellevue, Seattle, Washington, USA (June 03 to 07, 2012).

2. Gunathilake, K.D.P.P., H.P.V. Rupasinghe and N.L. Pitts. 2012. Bioactives-enriched fruit beverage formula for cardio-protection. The 50th National Conference of the Canadian Institute of Food science and Technology (CIFST), Niagara Falls, ON., Canada (May 27-29, 2012).

3. Gunathilake K.D.P.P., H.P. Vasantha Rupasinghe.(2011) “ Antioxidant protection of human LDL oxidation in vitro by ginger extract” In proceedings of International Conference of ‘Plant Canada’, Halifax, Canada (July 17-21).

4. Jayasekera,C. & Gunathilake, K.D.P.P. (2007).Processing technologies for virgin coconut oil and coconut based Confectionaries and beverages. Proceedings of International Coconut Summit, 7th -11th May, 2007, Kochi, India.

5. K.D.P.P.Gunathilake, K.M.Fernando (2007), Development of Low Cost Coconut Water Vinegar Making Process and evaluation of “Generator Process” to Accelerate the Acetification.Proceedings of International Conference of BioTechnology, May 8-10, 2007, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

6. K.S. Weerathunga, D. Hettiarachchi and K.D.P.P. Gunathilake. Physico-chemical and sensory properties of fat based edible spreads in Sri Lankan market. In proceeding of Ruhuna International Science & Technology Conference (RISTCON), January , 2014, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.

7. Hiniduma N.D., Marambe H., Gunathilake K.D.P.P., (2004). “Effect of Household extraction on composition and Fatty acid profile of coconut milk” In proceedings of International Conference of Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka.

8. Samarajeewa A.D., Samarajeewa S.R., Gunathilake K.D.P.P. (2004). “Income generating from alternative coconut based high value products and their profitability in rural poor communities in Sri Lanka” In proceedings of International Conference of Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka.

9. Silvera M.J.S., Ranathunga Y.M., Gunathilake K.D.P.P., Samarajeewa A.D. (2004). “Performance Evaluation of Virgin Coconut Oil Expeling system through a field trial” In proceedings of International Conference of Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka.

10. Gunathilake, K.D.P.P. and H.P.V. Rupasinghe. 2014. Optimization of extraction methods and evaluation of antioxidant properties of ginger. The 17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology and Expo (IUFoST 2014). Montreal, QC., Canada (August 17-21, 2014).

11. H.M.D.K. Gunarathna, K.D.P.P. Gunathilake. Evaluation of the antioxidant potential of the extracts of three green leaves in stabilizing Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus. Fish Nuggets under Frozen Storage In proceeding of Ruhuna International Science & Technology Conference (RISTCON), January , 2015, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

12. W.K.M. Omeka, K.D.P.P. Gunathilake, L.L.W.C. Yalegama. (2015).Preparation of Ready to Serve (RTS) Beverage Based on Tender Coconut (Cocos nucifera L.). In proceeding of Ruhuna International Science & Technology Conference (RISTCON), January , 2015, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

13. G.W.S. Madurangi, K.D.P.P. Gunathilake. (2015). Formulation of an antioxidant rich beverage using soursop (Annona muricata L.) blended with ginger (Zingiber Officinale) extract. In proceeding of Ruhuna International Science & Technology Conference (RISTCON), January , 2015, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

14. K.A.D.L. Bhagya, K.D.P.P Gunathilake. (2015). Minimizing of Delayed Bitterness in Lime Juice. In proceeding of Ruhuna International Science & Technology Conference (RISTCON), January , 2015, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

15. Dharmasiri P.G.H.N. and Gunathilake K.D.P.P. (2016) Extraction and quality evaluation of pectin from some fruit wastes in Sri Lanka. In proceeding of Ruhuna International Science & Technology Conference (RISTCON), January , 2016, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

16. K.D.P.P. Gunathilake and R. Nanayakkara. (2016). Potential substituting wheat flour with ‘Kiri ala’ (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) in bread making. In proceeding of Ruhuna International Science & Technology Conference (RISTCON), January , 2016, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

17. N.W.D.T. Jayasekara and K.D.P.P. Gunathilake. (2016) Formulation and evaluation of Instant Herbal Porridge Mixtures from Ranawara (Cassia auriculata Linn) Leaves. In proceeding of Ruhuna International Science & Technology Conference (RISTCON), January , 2016, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

D)National Conference Proceedings/Abstracts

1. L.A.C.N.Lihinikadu Arachchi, K.D.P.P.Gunathilake, V P N Prasadi and C V L Jayasinghe (2008).”Evaluation of the shelf life quality of deep frozen coconut based products” in proceedings of the 64th Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science.

2. Gunathilake K.D.P.P. (2005).”Manufacturing of coconut water vinegar and some observation on the physico-chemical and sensory quality of the product” in proceedings of the 61st Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science.

3. Gunathilake K.D.P.P.,Jayasundera J.M.M.A., Yalegama L.W.C. (2004). “Long storable coconut paste as an alternative for highly perishable coconut milk in domestic use” in Proceedings of 60th annual sessions of Sri Lanka Association of Advancement of Science.

4. Hiniduma H.G.N.D., Marambe P.W.M.L.H.K., Gunathilake K.D.P.P. (2004).”Fatty acid profile of coconut milk in relation to different household extraction” in Proceedings of 60th annual sessions of Sri Lanka Association of Advancement of Science.

5. Gunathilake K.D.P.P, Kumarasinghe,K.H.A.L.S. (2003) “Moisture sorption isotherms and shelf life of Dehydrated Tender Coconut kernel” in Proceedings of annual sessions of Sri Lanka Association of Advancement of Science.

6. Gunathilake K.D.P.P, Dassanayake, L,,Gamlath G.G.S (2003) “Preservation of Fresh Coconut gratings by using Combination Preservation Techniques” in Proceedings of annual sessions of Sri Lanka Association of Advancement of Science.

7. Samarajeewa S.R., Gunathilake K.D.P.P, .Samarajeewa A.D., Ranathunga K.M. (2003)“Assessment of the market potential for Virgin Coconut oil in the Chilaw area in Sri Lanka” in Proceedings of annual sessions of Sri Lanka Association of Advancement of Science.

8. G.G.S. Gamlath, K. Thevakaran, K.D.P.P. Gunathilake and C K. Illeperuma (2001) “Utilization of medicinal plants/cereals/legumes in formulation of instant kola-kenda (green porridge) mixtures. Proceedings of Annual Research Sessions, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, Volume 6, 16th Nov., 2001.

E)Non peer reviewed publications

1. N.W.D.T. Jayasekara and K.D.P.P. Gunathilake. (2015) Formulation of Instant Herbal Porridge Mixtures from Ranawara (Cassia auriculata Linn) Leaves for Diabetic Patients. Proceedings of Undfergraduate Research Symposium (UReS 2015) of Faculty of Livestock & Fisheries, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

2. Dharmasiri P.G.H.N. and Gunathilake K.D.P.P. (2015) Extraction, purification and characterization of pectin from fruit wastes in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of Undfergraduate Research Symposium (UReS 2015) of Faculty of Livestock & Fisheries, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

3. K.D.P.P. Gunathilake and R. Nanayakkara. (2015) Study on suitability of ‘Kiri ala’ (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) incorporated wheat flour in bread making. Proceedings of Undfergraduate Research Symposium (UReS 2015) of Faculty of Livestock & Fisheries, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

4. N. Kajan, S. Sangheetha, K.D.P.P Gunathilake, S. Srivijeindran(2015).. Reformulation of palmyrah (Borrasusflabellifer L) fruit ready to serve drink and modification of its process to improve some of its selected properties. Proceedings of Undergraduate Research Symposium (UReS 2015) of Faculty of Livestock & Fisheries, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

5. H.M.D.K. Gunarathna, K.D.P.P. Gunathilake. (2014). Evaluation of the antioxidant potential of the extracts of three green leaves in stabilizing Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Fish Nuggets under Frozen Storage. In proceeding of Undergraduates Research Symposium (UReS 2014) of Faculty of Livestock & Fisheries, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

6. W.K.M. Omeka, K.D.P.P. Gunathilake, L.L.W.C. Yalegama. (2014).Preparation of Ready to Serve (RTS) Beverage Based on Tender Coconut (Cocos nucifera L.). In proceeding of Undergraduates Research Symposium (UReS 2014) of Faculty of Livestock & Fisheries, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

7. G.W.S. Madurangi, K.D.P.P. Gunathilake. (2014). Formulation of an antioxidant rich beverage using soursop (Annona muricata L.) blended with ginger (Zingiber Officinale) extract. In proceeding of Undergraduates Research Symposium (UReS 2014) of Faculty of Livestock & Fisheries, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

8. K.A.D.L. Bhagya, K.D.P.P Gunathilake. (2014). Minimizing of Delayed Bitterness in Lime Juice. In proceeding of Undergraduates Research Symposium (UReS 2014) of Faculty of Livestock & Fisheries, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

9. K.S. Weerathunga, D. Hettiarachchi and K.D.P.P. Gunathilake. (2013) Physico-chemical and sensory properties of fat based edible spreads in Sri Lankan market. In Proceedings of Undergraduates Research Symposium (UReS 2013) of Faculty of Livestock & Fisheries, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

10. Prasanna Gunathilake & H.P.V.Rupasinghe (2011). A fruit-based functional beverage, as an innovative approach to reduce the risk of CVD. Proceedings of Graduate Research Day, Nova Scotia Agricultural College (18-19, April, 2011).

11. Samarasinghe N.H, Gunathilake K.D.P.P (2004) “Isolation and characterization of Dikiri coconut pectin and development of Jam” In Proceedings of 4th Agricultural Research Symposium of Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

12. J.M.N.Marikkar, K.D.P.P.Gunathilake and J.M.M.A.Jayasundera (2004). ‘Product diversification and value addition to generate income from coconut’’ in Economic Review (A publication of Bank of Ceylon), August, 2004.

13. Kumarasinghe,K.H.A.L.S., Gunathilake K.D.P.P (2003) “Development of a dehydrated food product from tender coconut kernel” In Proceedings of 3rd Agricultural Research Symposium of Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

14. Bandara,H.R.N.W, Gunathilake K.D.P.P.(2002) “Preparation of coconut water beverage” In Proceedings of 2nd Agricultural Research Symposium of Wayamba University of Sri Lanka.

F)Book Chapters

1. K. D. P. P. Gunathilake and H.P. Vasantha Rupasinghe, 6-Gingerol: Biosynthesis, Chemistry and Potential Cardiovascular Health Benefits of a Ginger Bioactive in Ginger: Antioxidant Properties, Functions and Medicinal Benefits. 2015 (editor: Janine L. Perry) Nova Science Publishers, Inc.pp.77-98

2. K.D.P.P. Gunathilake. Developing student leadership through academic advising. In the book of Achieving success in higher education through a growth mindset (2014) of Staff Development Centre of Wayamba University of Sri Lanka