Saumya Wickramasinghe, Ph.D., M.S., BVSc
Assistant Project Scientist
Food Science and Technology
Ph.D. (Animal Biology) University of California Davis, USA
M.S. (Animal Science) Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA
BVSc Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
My research is focused on the importance of milk and the gut microbiome on health and well-being of babies and adults. I have studied on human and bovine milk somatic cell transcriptome with special emphasis on genes involved in milk oligosaccharide synthesis. I am interested in studying the interactions of milk-based sugars and gut microbiome specially the bifidobacterial species. Micro RNA molecules in milk and urine are another bio-molecule of my research interest. I am also fascinated by microbes living in different environments and their symbiotic adaptations. I have studied the hot water spring microbiome and water microbiome in CKDu affected regions in Sri Lanka. I am also a firm believer of the One Health concept and actively involved in several one health related projects.