Ms. Y M Udeshika Yapa Bandara

Lecturer (Temporary)



Contact:

Colombo Regional Center, Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka,

Office: 0112881000, Ext: 721

Email: ymban@ou.ac.lk


Graduated from, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura in 2010 with Bachelor of Human Biology Special degree. I joined The Open University as a Lecturer (Temporary) in 2021. I am reading for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. I am interested in Cell culture techniques, drug development from natural sources, and cancer molecular biology.

Areas of Specialization:

Cell culture techniques, western blot, antioxidant and antiproliferative activity analysis, HPLC analysis, DNA/RNA extraction and molecular biology techniques

Research interests:

Cancer molecular biology, cell culture techniques, and drug development with natural herbal extractions

Affiliations:
  • Awarded full membership of the Young Scientists Forum (YSF)
  • Lifetime member of SLAAS, Sri Lanka
  • Associate member of Sri Lankan Academy of Young Scientists (SLAYS)
Course Coordination:

BSU3230, BSU3431, BSU4245

Awards:
  • OSTP travel grant by National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka (NSF) in 2016, September
  • YIR Grant recipient for 6th Asia Pacific Congress of Interventional Oncology (APCIO) 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Best presenter – 3-minute “Bus Stop Talk”, October 2018 organized by RHDC, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo
  • Bandara UY, Witharana C, Soysa P, (2018) Impact on the Yield of Flavonoid and Total Phenolic Content from Pomegranate Fruit by Different Extraction Methods, ICTTHM 2018: 20th International Conference on Current Trends of Traditional Herbal Medicine, Singapore. – Best presentation award
  • Bandara UY, Witharana C, Soysa P, (2017) Comparison of Extraction Methods from the Parts of Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) Fruit Based on Their Antioxidant Capacity, Annual Research Symposium 2017, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. – 1st Place poster presentation
Publications:
  • Bandara UY, Soysa P, Witharana C, Apoptosis Induced Invitro Antiproliferative Activity of Punica granatum Sonicated Aqueous Peel Extract on Rhabdomyosarcoma (RD) cancer cells, Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention.2021.
  • Udeshika Yapa Bandara, Preethi Soysa, Chamindri Witharana, Medicinal herbs as a treatment for breast carcinoma, International Journal of Herbal Medicine. 2018; 6(1): 05- 09.
  • Udeshika Yapa Bandara, Preethi Soysa, Chamindri Witharana, Extraction, Total phenol Content, Flavonoid content, Free Radical Scavenging Capacity, and phytochemical screening of the Parts of Sri Lankan Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) Fruit, Current trends in biotechnology and pharmacology. 2020; 14(1): 70-80.

 

International communications:

  • Bandara UY, Witharana C, Soysa P, (2018) Impact on the Yield of Flavonoid and Total Phenolic Content from Pomegranate Fruit by Different Extraction Methods, ICTTHM 2018: 20th International Conference on Current Trends of Traditional Herbal Medicine, Singapore.
  • Bandara UY, Witharana C, Soysa P, (2019) Comparison of anti-proliferative effect of peel and pericarp of Sri Lankan pomegranate fruit “Delum” (Punica granatum L.) with different extraction methods on Rhabdomyosarcoma (RD) and VERO cells, 6th Asia Pacific Congress of Interventional Oncology-2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Local Communications:

  • Bandara UY, Witharana C, Soysa P, (2020), In-vitro antiproliferative activity and Induction of Apoptosis by Sri Lankan Punica granatum L. Aqueous fruit extracts on the human breast (MCF-7) cancer cells compared to different extraction methods, Annual Research Symposium 2020, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka 14th December 2020.
  • Bandara UY, Witharana C, Soysa P, (2020), In-vitro antiproliferative activity of Sri Lankan Punica granatum L. fruit extracts on the human breast (MCF-7) and rhabdomyosarcoma (RD) cancer cells compared to extraction methods, The Sri Lanka College of Oncologists, Annual Scientific Sessions 2020, Sri Lanka 13th – 15th November 2020.
  • Bandara UY, Witharana C, Soysa P, (2020), Induction of Apoptosis by Punica granatum L. Aqueous Sonicated Peel Extract via p53, p21, and caspase-3 dependent pathway in Rhabdomyosarcoma (RD) cells, The Sri Lanka College of Oncologists, Annual Scientific Sessions 2020, Sri Lanka 13th – 15th November 2020.
  • Bandara UY, Witharana C, Soysa P, (2019), Evaluation of extracts from different extraction methods using its antiproliferative activity on RD cancer cells compared to healthy VERO cells, SLAAS 75th Annual Scientific Sessions, Sri Lanka 2nd – 6th December 2019.
  • Bandara UY, Witharana C, Soysa P, (2018), Cytotoxic Effect of Peel and Pericarp of Sri Lankan Pomegranate Fruit “Delum” (Punica granatum L.) and Comparison of Different Extraction Methods, 11th International Research Conference, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Sir John Kothalawala Defence University, Sri Lanka, 2018.
  • Bandara UY, Witharana C, Soysa P, (2017) Comparison of Extraction Methods from the Parts of Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) Fruit Based on Their Antioxidant Capacity, Annual Research Symposium 2017, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.
  • Semifinalist – 3MT thesis presentation, September 2018 organized by SLAYS and NSF.

 

 

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