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Dr Binosha Fernando

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Staff Member Details
Email: w.fernando@ecu.edu.au

Binosha is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Neuroscience within the School of Medical and Health Sciences.

Background

  • August 2009-December 2009: Research Assistant, Riddet Institute Massey University, New Zealand
  • 2001-2010: Lecturer and Researcher in Nutrition and Microbiology, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Colombo- Sri Lanka.

Professional Memberships

  • Hollywood Private Hospital, WA (Current)
  • Microbiology Society of New Zealand (2007-2011)
  • NZIFST(2007-2011)

Awards and Recognition

  • 2013- AAIC travel fellowship
  • 2007-2009-Nominated for presidential award for science in Sri Lanka
  • 2007-Presidential Scholarship for Postgraduate Study Sri Lanka
  • 2007-Asian Development Bank Scholarship for postgraduate study  
  • 1999/2000 - Batch top - University of Kelaniya – Sri Lanka
  • 1999-Gold Medalist - Best performance in microbiology in University of Kelaniya, SL

Research Areas and Interests

  • Neurology, Nutrition and Microbiology

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, New Zealand, 2011.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Lumanlan, J., Fernando, B., Karnpanit, W., Jayasena, V. (2020). Effects of food gums and pre-drying on fat content of fabricated fried chips. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 2020(Article in press), Article in press. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijfs.14763.
  • Samarasinghe, C., Jayasinghe, M., Senadheera, S., Wijesekara, I., Fernando, B., Don Somathilaka Ranaweera, K., Wilamune, N. (2020). Determination of glycaemic response of a novel cane sugar product incorporated with phyllanthus emblica and zingiber officinale extracts. Malaysian Journal of Nutrition, 26(1), 65-76. https://doi.org/10.31246/MJN-2019-0063.
  • Jayasinghe, M., Fernando, B., Senadheera, S., Gunawardene, P., Ranaweera, S. (2020). Investigation of the association between dietary fibre, protein and fat with Manganese content in food. Asian Journal of Agriculture and Biology, 8(1), 31-37. https://doi.org/10.35495/ajab.2019.05.214.
  • Fernando, B., Martins, I., Morici, M., Bharadwaj, P., Rainey-Smith, S., Lim, F., Martins, R. (2020). Sodium butyrate reduces brain amyloid-β levels and improves cognitive memory performance in an Alzheimer's disease transgenic mouse model at an early disease stage. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 74(1), 91-99. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-190120.
  • Dong, K., Fernando, B., Durham, R., Stockmann, R., Jayatunga, P., Jayasena, V. (2020). A role of sea buckthorn on Alzheimer’s disease. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 55(9), 3073-3081. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijfs.14571.
  • Chatterjee, P., Fernando, M., Fernando, B., Dias, C., Shah, T., Silva, R., Williams, S., Pedrini, S., Hillebrandt, H., Goozee, K., Barin, E., Sohrabi, H., Garg, M., Cunnane, S., Martins, R. (2020). Potential of coconut oil and medium chain triglycerides in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, 186(March 2020), Article number 111209. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mad.2020.111209.
  • Lumanlan, J., Fernando, B., Jayasena, V. (2020). Mechanisms of oil uptake during deep frying and applications of predrying and hydrocolloids in reducing fat content of chips. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 55(4), 1661-1670. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijfs.14435.

Journal Articles

  • Fernando, B., Rainey-Smith, S., Kirby, S., Villemagne, V., Burnham, S., Macaulay, SL., Brown, B., Gupta, V., Sohrabi, H., Weinborn, M., Taddei, K., Laws, S., Goozee, K., Ames, D., Fowler, C., Maruff, P., Masters, C., Salvado, O., Rowe, C., Martins, R. (2018). Associations of dietary protein and fiber intake with brain and blood amyloid-β. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 61(4), 1589-1598. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-170742.
  • Martins, R., Villemagne, V., Sohrabi, H., Chatterjee, P., Shah, T., Verdile, G., Fraser, P., Taddei, K., Gupta, V., Rainey-Smith, S., Hone, E., Pedrini, S., Lim, F., Martins, I., Frost, S., Gupta, S., O'Bryant, S., Rembach, A., Ames, D., Ellis, K., Fuller, S., Brown, B., Kirby, S., Fernando, B., Bharadwaj, P., Burnham, S., Laws, S., Barron, A., Goozee, K., Wahjoepramono, EJ., Asih, P., Doecke, J., Salvado, O., Bush, A., Rowe, C., Gandy, S., Masters, C. (2018). Alzheimer’s Disease: A Journey from Amyloid Peptides and Oxidative Stress, to Biomarker Technologies and Disease Prevention Strategies—Gains from AIBL and DIAN Cohort Studies. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 62(3), 965-992. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-171145.
  • Somarathna, T., Fernando, B., Ranaweera, K., Premakumara, G., Abeysinghe, T., Weerakkody, N. (2018). Antimicrobial activity and phytochemical screening of Alpinia malaccensis (Ran-kiriya) against food-borne bacteria. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 125(5), 1276-1285. https://doi.org/10.1111/jam.14039.
  • Fernando, B., Flint, S., Ranaweera, K., Bamunuarachchi, A., Johnson, S., Brennan, C. (2018). The potential synergistic behaviour of inter- and intra-genus probiotic combinations in the pattern and rate of short chain fatty acids formation during fibre fermentation. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 69(2), 144-154. https://doi.org/10.1080/09637486.2017.1340932.

Journal Articles

  • Fernando, B., Somaratne, G., Goozee, K., Williams, S., Singh, H., Martins, R. (2017). Diabetes and Alzheimer's disease: Can tea phytochemicals play a role in prevention?. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 59(2), 481-501. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-161200.
  • Yap, M., Fernando, B., Brennan, C., Jayasena, V., Coorey, R. (2017). The effects of banana ripeness on quality indices for puree production. LWT: Food Science and Technology, 80(1 July 2017), 10-18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lwt.2017.01.073.
  • Kirby, S., Rainey-Smith, S., Sohrabi, H., Weinborn, M., Verdile, G., Fernando, B., Lim, YY., Harrington, K., Burnham, S., Taddei, K., Masters, C., Macaulay, S., Rowe, C., Ames, D., Maruff, P., Martins, R. (2017). Increased carbohydrate intake is associated with poorer performance in verbal memory and attention in an APOE genotype-dependent manner. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 58(1), 193-201. https://doi.org/10.3233/JAD-161158.

Journal Articles

  • Yan, L., Fernando, B., Brennan, M., Brennan, C., Jayasena, V., Coorey, R. (2016). Effect of extraction method and ripening stage on banana peel pigments. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 51(6), 1449-1456. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijfs.13115.

Journal Articles

  • Fernando, B., Martins, I., Goozee, K., Brennan, C., Jayasena, V., Martins, R. (2015). The role of dietary coconut for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease: potential mechanisms of action. The British Journal of Nutrition, 114(1), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114515001452.

Journal Articles

  • Fernando, B., Flint, S., Brennan, CS., Ranaweera, K., Bamunuarachchi, A. (2012). The influence of environmental factors on the adhesion of combinations of probiotics to rice fibre fractions. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 28(6), 2293-2302. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11274-012-1035-0.

Journal Articles

  • Fernando, B., Flint, S., Brennan, CS., Ranaweera, K., Bamunuarachchi, A. (2011). Environmental factors affecting the adhesion of probiotics to rice fiber fractions. Food Digestion, 2(1-3), 26-36. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13228-011-0012-7.
  • Fernando, B., Flint, S., Zou, M., Brennan, CS., Ranaweera, K., Bamunuarachchi, A. (2011). The effect of rice fibre fractions on growth of co-cultures of probiotics. Journal of Food Science and Technology, 48(1), 14-25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13197-010-0147-5.

Journal Articles

  • Fernando, B., Brennan, C., Flint, S., Ranaweera, K., Bamunuarachchi, A., Morton, H. (2010). Enhancement of short chain fatty acid formation by pure cultures of probiotics on rice fibre. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 45(4), 690-696. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2621.2010.02182.x.

Journal Articles

  • Fernando, B., Ranaweera, K., Bamunuarachchi, A., Brennan, C. (2008). The influence of rice fibre fractions on the in vitro fermentation production of short chain fatty acids using human faecal micro flora. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, 43(12), 2237-2244. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2621.2008.01861.x.

Research Projects

  • In vitro assessment to evaluate the potential effect of Gallic acid on Alzheimer’s disease, Al Faris Food Industries Pvt. Ltd., Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement MBR Projects, 2018 ‑ 2023, $39,000.
  • In vitro assessment to evaluate the potential effects of polyphenol extracts from sorghum on Alzheimer's disease (AD), CWEK Pty Ltd, Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects, 2018 ‑ 2023, $65,000.
  • Short chain fatty acids are a useful therapy for the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. , Hollywood Private Hospital Research Foundation, Grant, 2013 ‑ 2016, $20,000.
  • Use of coconut oil as a novel neuro protective agent for Alzheimer’s disease, Edith Cowan University, School of Medical and Health Sciences Research Grant Scheme 2016, 2016, $9,203.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, In vitro assessment of potential effects of polyphenol extracts from sorghum on alzheimer's disease
  • Master of Medical and Health Science by Research, Investigating protective effects of grape seed extract (GSE) on amyloid beta induced mitochondrial and neuronal toxicity in an Alzheime's disease (AD) cell model
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