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Dr Binosha Fernando

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


  • 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


  • Doctor of Philosophy, New Zealand, 2011.


Recent Research Grants

  • 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.
  • 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.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Fernando, B., Flint, S., Ranaweera, K., Bamunuarachchi, A., Johnson, S., Brennan, C., (2017), 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, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09637486.2017.1340932.
  • 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, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.lwt.2017.01.073.
  • Gardener, 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, Amsterdam, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/JAD-161158.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1111/ijfs.13115.
  • 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, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S0007114515001452.
  • Martins, I., Fernando, B., (2014), High Fibre Diets and Alzheimer’s Disease. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 5(4), 410-424, United States of America.
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