Vasantha Rupasinghe is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Fruit Bioactives and Bioproducts at the Faculty of Agriculture of Dalhousie University, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of the Departments of Pharmacology and Process Engineering and Applied Sciences of Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Rupasinghe earned a B.S. degree from University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, an M.S. degree from Iowa State University, Iowa, USA, and a Ph.D. degree from University of Guelph, ON, Canada. Prior to assuming the current position, he was a Research Scientist at the Guelph Center for Functional Foods where he has studied the bioactive compounds of soybean, tree fruits, and medicinal plants. In 2005, he and his team received the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Award for commercialization of fresh-cut apple slices in Canada through McDonald's Food Chain. At the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, he has developed a new research program in the emerging area of medicinal biochemistry of fruit bioactives and value-added fruit processing. His research team has been investigates the disease fighting properties and mode of action of unique plant secondary metabolites present in cool climate fruits and fruit processing waste using human cell culture and experimental animal systems. He is the author or coauthor of 94 refereed journal publications and book chapters and over 110 abstracts of conference presentations.
Biography Updated on 31 March 2013