Dr. Janitha P.D. Wanasundara, CFS, FAOCS

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Research Scientist

My role as a research scientist in protein bioproducts is to conduct, manage and communicate scientific investigations on chemistry, and structure- related biochemical and physico-chemical properties of seed proteins for value enhancement of oilseed and pulse crops of Canadian prairies.  

Current research and/or projects

Activities in this program are to conduct, manage and communicate scientific investigations on chemistry, and structure- related biochemical and physico-chemical properties of seed proteins for value enhancement of oilseed and pulse crops of Canadian prairies.   

Research and/or project statements

Research projects investigate characteristics of seed storage proteins of crucifer oilseeds (canola, camelina, yellow mustard) and pulses (faba bean, lentil) in relation to their unique as well as common properties. Investigations of research projects also assess these proteins in various model systems that direct their conversion routes for optimum utilization as nutrients (e.g., essential amino acid sources), functional biopolymers (e.g., colloidal aggregates, interface stabilizers), and their monomers (peptides and amino acids with biological activities).   

Professional activities / interests

Member, American Oil Chemists' Society

Professional member, Institute of Food Technologists

Associate Editor, Journal of American Oil Chemists' Society

Education and awards

  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 1986
  • M.Phil. Food Science & Technology, University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka, 1990
  • M.Sc. Food Science, Memorial University, Canada, 1992
  • Ph.D. Food Science, Memorial University, Canada, 1996
  • Certified Food Scientist (CFS, International Food Science Certification Commission) 2013
  • Fellow of the American Oil Chemists' Society (FAOCS) 2022  

International experience and/or work

Lecturer, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka (1987-1996)

Key publications

  1. Sudarshan Nadathur, Janitha P.D. Wanasundara, C.P.F. Marinangeli, Laurie Scanlin,
    Chapter 1 - Proteins in Our Diet: Challenges in Feeding the Global Population,
    Editor(s): Sudarshan Nadathur, Janitha P.D. Wanasundara, Laurie Scanlin,
    Sustainable Protein Sources (Second Edition), Academic Press, 2024

    2023 - View publication details

  2. Janitha P.D. Wanasundara, Hitomi Kumagai, Alicia P. Kasch, Laurie Van Gels, Steve Peirce,
    Chapter 3 - Rice: A Source of Plant Protein with Many Valuable Processing Co-products,
    Editor(s): Sudarshan Nadathur, Janitha P.D. Wanasundara, Laurie Scanlin,
    Sustainable Protein Sources (Second Edition),
    Academic Press, 2024, Pages 55-75,

    2023 - View publication details

  3. Sudarshan Nadathur, Janitha P.D. Wanasundara, Laurie Scanlin,
    Chapter 32 - Feeding the Globe Nutritious Food in 2050: Obligations and Ethical Choices,
    Editor(s): Sudarshan Nadathur, Janitha P.D. Wanasundara, Laurie Scanlin,
    Sustainable Protein Sources (Second Edition),
    Academic Press, 2024, Pages 649-668,

    2023 - View publication details

  4. Janitha P.D. Wanasundara, Romain Kapel, Sara Albe-Slabi,
    Chapter 14 - Proteins from Canola/Rapeseed—Current Status,
    Editor(s): Sudarshan Nadathur, Janitha P.D. Wanasundara, Laurie Scanlin,
    Sustainable Protein Sources (Second Edition),
    Academic Press, 2024, Pages 285-309.

    2023 - View publication details

  5. Delphine Martineau-Côté, Lamia L’Hocine, Fabio Tuccillo, Janitha P.D. Wanasundara, Frederick L. Stoddard,
    Chapter 8 - Faba Bean as a Sustainable Plant Protein Source,
    Editor(s): Sudarshan Nadathur, Janitha P.D. Wanasundara, Laurie Scanlin,
    Sustainable Protein Sources (Second Edition),
    Academic Press, 2024, Pages 163-184,

    2023 - View publication details

  6. Harsha K. Marambe, Janitha P.D. Wanasundara,
    Chapter 17 - Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum L.) for Protein Based Products,
    Editor(s): Sudarshan Nadathur, Janitha P.D. Wanasundara, Laurie Scanlin,
    Sustainable Protein Sources (Second Edition),
    Academic Press, 2024, Pages 339-356

    2023 - View publication details

  7. Nutritional and health promoting bioactive properties of Canadian faba bean in comparison to pea and soy.

    2023 - View publication details

  8. Chigwedere, C.M., Wanasundara, J.P.D., Shand, P.J., 2021. Towards development of a standard lexicon for sensory assessment of pulses and pulse-derived ingredients. 14th Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium
    ‘Sustainable Sensory Science’ Vancouver (virtual) Vancouver 2021/08/09 - 2021/08/12.

    2021 - View publication details

  9. Withana-Gamage, T.S., Hegedus, D.D., McIntosh, T.C., Coutu, C., Qiu, X., Wanasundara, J.P.D. (2020). Subunit composition affects formation and stabilization of o/w emulsions by 11S seed storage protein cruciferin. Food Research International, [online] 137 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodres.2020.109387

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  10. L’Hocine L., Martineau-Côté D., Achouri A., Wanasundara J.P.D., Loku Hetti Arachchige G.W. (2020) Broad Bean (Faba Bean). In: Manickavasagan A., Thirunathan P. (eds) Pulses. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-41376-7_3

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  11. Antioxidants: Science, Technology, and Applications in Bailey’s Industrial Oil and Fat Products, 7th Edition. pp 481-542.

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  12. Moussou, N., Ouazib, M., Wanasundara, J., Zaidi, F., Rubio, L.A. (2019). Nutrients and non-nutrients composition and in vitro starch digestibility of five Algerian legume seed flours. International Food Research Journal, [online] 26(4), 1339-1349. http://dx.doi.org/null

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  13. 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)

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  14. 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)

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  15. Ouazib, M., Moussou, N, N., Oomah, B.D., Zaidi, F., and Wanasundara, P.K.J.P.D. (2015). "Effect of processing and germination on nutritional parameters and functional properties of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) from Algeria.", Journal of Food Legumes, 28(2), pp. 35-42.

    2015 - View publication details

  16. 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)

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  17. 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)

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  18. Nadathur, S.N., Scanlin, L., and Wanasundara, J.P.D. (2015). "Proteins in the diet – Challenges of feeding the global population.", in Nadathur, S.N., Wanasundara, J.P.D. and Scanlin, L. (eds.) - Sustainable Protein Sources, Elsevier Science LTD., Chapter Introductory.

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  19. Marambe, H.K. and Wanasundara, J.P.D. (2015). "Flaxseed proteins.", in Nadathur, S.N., Wanasundara, J.P.D. and Scanlin, L. (eds.) - Sustainable Protein Sources, Elsevier Science LTD.

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  20. 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)

    2015 - View publication details

Research facility

107 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X2
Canada

Affiliations

Adjunct Professor, University of Saskatchewan (Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences)

Language

English

Other languages

Sinhala