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Ms. Yasuri Amarasekara

Temporary Lecturer

Department of Biomedical Science

Faculty of Science

Profile

Ms. Yasuri Amarasekara is a Temporary Lecturer attached to the Department of Biomedical Sciences under the Faculty of Science at the NSBM Green University.

She has obtained her B.Sc. Special degree in Immunology and Integrative Molecular Biology from the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo. She is reading her postgraduate degree (Master’s in Philosophy) in the field of Organic Chemistry, Cancer Cell Biology, Computational Chemistry, and Nanomedicine from the Faculty of Science, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, with the collaboration of Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology.

In terms of her experience, she has worked as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Scientific Computing and Advanced Drug Discovery at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka where she focused on Computer-Aided Drug Discovery projects.

Research Interests:

Immunology, Molecular Cell Biology, Computer-Aided Drug Discovery, Peptide Chemistry, Nano-based drug delivery systems, Microbiology

Publications:

· Amarasekara, Y., Jayatunga, Y., Nanayakkara, C., & Perera, I. Antimicrobial peptides in the secretions of web silk glands and venom glands of Nephilengys malabarensis (hermit spider). Journal of Arachnology.

· Katuwavila, N., Amarasekara, Y., Jayaweera, V., Gunasekara, C., Perera, I., Amaratunga, G., & Weerasighe, L. (2019). Graphene oxide-based nanocomposite for sustained release of cephalexin. The Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Communications:

· Jayakody, R., Amarasekara, Y., Perera, I., & Weerasighe, L. (2019). A Computational study of the XLA peptide as an Akt-1 PH inhibitor. At the 13th Australian Peptide Conference (APC 2019). Australia, September 2019.

· Amarasekara, Y., Katuwawila, N., Amaratunga, G., Perera, I., & Weerasinghe, L. (2018). Nano-encapsulation of novel antimicrobial peptide XLA into graphene oxide. In the Asian Symposium on Medicinal Plants Spices and Other Natural Products. Colombo, Sri Lanka, 12-14 December 2018.

· Amarasekara, Y., Jayatunga, Y., Nanayakkara, C., & Perera, I. (2017). Antimicrobial peptides in web silk secreted by the aggregate gland of Nephilengys malabarensis (hermit spider). In Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. The Open University, Sri Lanka, December 2017.

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