Wanasundara, Janitha, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Contact Information:

107 Science Place
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0X2
Telephone: 306-385-9455
Fax: 306-385-9482
Email: janitha.wanasundara@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Food Chemistry and Analysis
  • Oilseed Chemistry
  • Plant Proteins
  • Protein Functionality
  • Food Science

Current Projects:

  • Developing methods to assess protein profiles of Cruciferae oilseeds
  • Developing processes to obtain allergen-free proteins from Cruciferae oilseeds
  • Investigating biological, chemical and physico-chemical properties of Cruciferae (canola and mustards) oilseed proteins to develop bioproducts with market value
  • Modelling of Cruciferin and Napin structure-function relationships using modified Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Investigating the potential of pulse (pea, chickpea and lentil)proteins in processed meat and developing vegetarian meat alternatives(in collaboration with University of Saskatchewan scientists)

Affiliations:

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Saskatchewan, College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Research publications

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2009

Other science related publications

2016

  • Perera, S.P., McIntosh, T.C., Tyler, R.T., and Wanasundara, J.P.D. (2016). "Proteins of the new oilseed Camelina sativa (L) Crantz).", Annual meeting of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, Burnaby, BC, Canada, February 22-23, 2016. (Poster)
  • Xu, R., Wanasundara, J.P.D., Tulbek, M., and Shand, P.J. (2016). "Chemical and functional properties of lentil and pea bran and concentrates.", Annual meeting of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, Burnaby, BC, Canada, February 22-23, 2016. (Poster)

2015

  • Li, H., Wanasundara, J.P.D., and Shand, P.J. (2015). "Enzymes of lentil seed components and the Effect of micronization.", 2015 Institute of Food Technologists Meeting, Chicago, IL, USA, July 11-14, 2015. (Poster)
  • Mupondwa, E.K., Li, X., Wanasundara, J.P.D., and Tabil, L.G. (2015). "Technoeconomic analysis of bio-ethanol and co-product production from Triticale feedstocks in Western Canada.", 106th Annual Meeting and Expo of American Oil Chemists' Society, Orlando, FL, USA, May 3-6, 2015.
  • Perera, S.P., McIntosh, T.C., Tyler, R.T., and Wanasundara, J.P.D. (2015). "Proteins of Camelina sativa (L) oilseed-investigation of protein types and their structure.", 106th Annual Meeting and Expo of American Oil Chemists’ Society, Orlando, FL, USA, May 3-6, 2015. (Poster)
  • Perera, S.P., Withana-Gamage, T.S., McIntosh, T.C., and Wanasundara, J.P.D. (2015). "Major proteins of canola have distinct structural and physico-chemical properties.", 14th International Rapeseed Congress, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 5-9, 2015. (Poster)
  • Wanasundara, J.P.D. and McIntosh, T.C. (2015). "Changes in canola seed protein structure and properties during pre-press solvent extraction process.", 14th International Rapeseed Congress, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 5-9, 2015. (Poster)
  • Wanasundara, J.P.D. and McIntosh, T.C. (2015). "Properties of napin from scaled-up canola meal fractionation process.", 14th International Rapeseed Congress, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 5-9, 2015, Oral presentation.
  • Wanasundara, J.P.D., McIntosh, T.C., and Mupondwa, E.K. (2015). "Recovering canola protein and other products.", 106th Annual Meeting and Expo of American Oil Chemists’ Society, Orlando, FL, USA, May 3-6, 2015, Oral presentation.

2014

  • Perera, S.P., McIntosh, T.C., Tyler, R.T., and Wanasundara, P.K.J.P.D. (2014). "Oil body proteins of Camelina sativa (L) Crantz (False flax).", 105th Annual meeting and expo of American Oil Chemists’ Society, San Antonio, USA, May 4-7, 2014. (Poster)

2013

  • Wanasundara, P.K.J.P.D. (2013). "Lentils give beef a boost to improve consumer appeal.", Western Producer, March 14, 2013.

2012

  • L'Hocine, L., Pitre, M., and Wanasundara, P.K.J.P.D. (2012). "Assessment of protein and IgE-binding profiles of select Canadian mustard seeds.", 50th National Conference of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST's): Innovation meets Commercialization, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, May 27-29, 2012. (Poster)
  • Marambe, H.K., McIntosh, T.C., Cheng, B.F., and Wanasundara, P.K.J.P.D. (2012). "Anti-peptide antibody-based ELISA quantitation of Sin a 1 allergen in yellow mustard (Sinapis alba L.) seeds.", 7th Workshop on Food Allergen Methodologies, Montréal, QC, Canada, May 6-9, 2012.
  • Marambe, H.K., McIntosh, T.C., Cheng, B.F., and Wanasundara, P.K.J.P.D. (2012). "P-Ab based ELISA quantitation of Sin a 1 allergen in yellow mustard (S. alba) seed.", 7th Workshop on Food Allergen Methodologies, Montréal, QC, Canada, May 6-9, 2012. (Poster)
  • Pathiratne, S.M., Wanasundara, P.K.J.P.D., and Shand, P.J. (2012). "Effect of micronization conditions on lentil flour properties.", 9th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 6-12, 2012. (Poster)
  • Pathiratne, S.M., Wanasundara, P.K.J.P.D., and Shand, P.J. (2012). "Enhancing stability of red colour and unsaturated lipids of fresh beef burgers with micronized lentil flour.", 9th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 6-12, 2012. (Poster)
  • Power, K.A., Villeneuve, S., Mondor, M., Fustier, P., Arcand, Y., Lamarche, F., Britten, M., Cui, S.W., Tsao, R., Fofana, B., and Wanasundara, J.P.D. (2012). "Recent progress on the incorporation of flaxseed into cereal based matrices: delivery of bioactives to target sites and a comprehensive assessment of their biological effects.", 64th Flax Institute of the United States, Doublewood Inn, Fargo, ND, USA, March 29-30, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Wanasundara, P.K.J.P.D., Shand, P.J., Nickerson, M., and Aliani, M. (2012). "Thermal pretreatment of pulses for meat industry applications.", Pulse Science Cluster Scientific Meeting 2012, Niagara Falls Marriott Gateway, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 5-6, 2012.
  • Withana-Gamage, T.S., Hegedus, D.D., Qiu, X., and Wanasundara, J.P.D. (2012). "Structure-function study of major Crucifer oilseed storage protein: Emulsifying properties and hydrophobicity of homomeric cruciferin.", 103rd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, California, USA.
  • Withana-Gamage, T.S., Hegedus, D.D., Qiu, X., and Wanasundara, J.P.D. (2012). "Subunit composition of seed storage proteins affects heat-induced structure development: Gelation of cruciferin as a model.", 11th International Hydrocolloids Conference, Stewart Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA, May 14-18, 2012.

2011

  • Sanjeewa, W.G.T., Hegedus, D.D., Yu, P., Qiu, X., McIntosh, T.C., May, T.W., and Wanasundara, J.P.D. (2011). "Influence of seed storage protein composition on structural features of major crucifer proteins: Protein secondary structure study of Arabiopsis thaliana.", 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) & Expo, Duke Energy Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA, May 1-4, 2011.
  • Wanasundara, P.K.J.P.D., Sanjeewa, W.G.T., Argyre, K., and Shand, P.J. (2011). "Proteins of chickpea and lentil for meat industry applications.", 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) & Expo, Duke Energy Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA, May 1-4, 2011. (Presentation)

2010

  • Li, X., McIntosh, T.C., Wanasundara, P.K.J.P.D., and Mupondwa, E.K. (2010). "Techno-economic Analysis of Brassica Protein and Co-product Extraction Technologies for Food and Biofuel Applications.", 101st Annual Meeting of the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) & Expo, Phoenix, AZ, USA, May 16-19, 2010.
  • Sanjeewa, W.G.T., Hegedus, D.D., Qiu, X., McIntosh, T.C., and Wanasundara, J.P.D. (2010). "Purification of homohexameric cruciferin from seeds of mutant Arabidopsis thaliana.", American Chemical Society 2010, Boston, USA.
  • Sanjeewa, W.G.T., Hegedus, D.D., Qiu, X., and Wanasundara, J.P.D. (2010). "In silico predictions of surface characteristics of cruciferin protein using homology models.", FABS Research Day, Saskatoon, Canada.
  • Sanjeewa, W.G.T., Hegedus, D.D., Qiu, X., and Wanasundara, J.P.D. (2010). "Surface characteristics of cruciferin protein: In silico predictions using homology models.", 10th Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC), Saskatoon, SK, Canada, September 12-15, 2010.
  • Sanjeewa, W.G.T., Hegedus, D.D., Yu, P., Qiu, X., McIntosh, T.C., May, T., and Wanasundara, J.P.D. (2010). "Genetic makeup of native proteins changes the secondary structure features: A synchrotron FTIR study of Arabidopsis seed storage proteins.", American Chemical Society 2010, Boston, USA.
  • Wanasundara, P.K.J.P.D. and McIntosh, T.C. (2010). "Fractionation of Storage Proteins of Brassicaceae Oilseeds.", 101st Annual Meeting of the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) & Expo, Phoenix, AZ, USA, May 16-19, 2010.
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