Sijo Joseph (Thandapilly), Ph.D.

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Research Scientist

Investigating the nutritional and anti-nutritional bioactive components from agricultural based resources and their impact on human health. Developing novel methodologies for the study of carbohydrate and or protein, oil and minor components structure function, and their utilization for improvement of cereal grain end products.

Current research and/or projects

  • Investigating the Potential of Avenanthramides on Glycemic Control- a Novel Marketable Attribute for Manitoba Oats

  • Developing a platform comprising novel experimental tools for improving the health benefits of Canadian agricultural products.

  • Assessment of in vitro digestibility and predicted glycemic response of oat products using a modified Englyst method and a dynamic stomach model.

  • AIP Pulse Cluster: Evaluation of protein digestibility and glycemic response of pulse based products using in vitro experimental platform.


Education and awards

2007 – 2012      University of Manitoba, Canada                                                 Ph.D. (Physiology)

2002– 2004      Bharathiar University, India                                                   M.Sc. (Biotechnology)

1999– 2002      University of Calicut, India                                                             B.Sc. (Chemistry)

Scholarships/Research awards

2012-2014                   NSERC, Canada Post-doctoral visiting fellowship

2012-2013                   Manitoba Health Research Council PhD Studentship (declined)

2010-2012                   Manitoba Health Research Council PhD Studentship


  • Best oral presentation Award at Functional Foods and Nutraceutical Symposium


  • Dr. Grant Pierce Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Have a Heart Bursary Award from Canadian Cardiovascular society
  • Award of excellence in the CIHR National level Poster competition
  • Best Poster Presentation at Manitoba Health Research Poster competition
  • International Graduate student scholarship


  • Best Poster Presentation Award from Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences
  • Rated second in the Fletcher Gordon PhD Fellowship
  • International Graduate Student Scholarship


  • ICS Studentship Award from Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences
  • International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship

Travel Awards


  • Canadian Oxidative Stress Consortium travel award
  • University of Manitoba Graduate student Travel award


  • Canadian Hypertension Society travel award
  • University of Manitoba Graduate student Travel award


  • Graduate student International travel award
  • Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network International Travel Award

Key publications

  1. Malunga, L.N., Ames, N.P., Masatcioglu, M.T., Khorshidi, A.S., Thandapilly, S.J., Cuthbert, R.D., Sopiwnyk, E., Scanlon, M.G. (2019). Free asparagine concentrations in Canadian hard red spring wheat cultivars, 99(3), 338-347.

    2019 - View publication details

  2. Salimi Khorshidi, A., Thandapilly, S.J., Ames, N. (2018). Application of low-intensity ultrasound as a rapid, cost-effective tool to wheat screening: A systematic frequency selection, 82 190-197.

    2018 - View publication details

  3. Thandapilly, S.J., Ndou, S.P., Wang, Y., Nyachoti, C.M., Ames, N.P. (2018). Barley β-glucan increases fecal bile acid excretion and short chain fatty acid levels in mildly hypercholesterolemic individuals, 9(6), 3092-3096.

    2018 - View publication details

  4. Wang, Y., Harding, S.V., Thandapilly, S.J., Tosh, S.M., Jones, P.J.H., Ames, N.P. (2017). Barley β-glucan reduces blood cholesterol levels via interrupting bile acid metabolism, 118(10), 822-829.

    2017 - View publication details

  5. Ibrahim, N.H.M., Thandapilly, S.J., Jia, Y., Netticadan, T., Aukema, H. (2016). Soy Protein Alleviates Hypertension and Fish Oil Improves Diastolic Heart Function in the Han:SPRD-Cy Rat Model of Cystic Kidney Disease, 51(5), 635-642.

    2016 - View publication details

  6. Ames, N., Blewett, H., Storsley, J., Thandapilly, S.J., Zahradka, P., Taylor, C. (2015). A double-blind randomised controlled trial testing the effect of a barley product containing varying amounts and types of fibre on the postprandial glucose response of healthy volunteers, 113(9), 1373-1383.

    2015 - View publication details

  7. Raj, P., Lieben Louis, X., Thandapilly, S.J., Movahed, A., Zieroth, S., and Netticadan, T. (2014). "Potential of resveratrol in the treatment of heart failure.", Life Sciences, 95(2), pp. 63-71. doi : 10.1016/j.lfs.2013.12.011

    2014 - View publication details

  8. Louis, X.L., Thandapilly, S.J., Kalt, W., Vinqvist-Tymchuk, M., Aloud, B.M., Raj, P., Yu, L., Le, H., Netticadan, T. (2014). Blueberry polyphenols prevent cardiomyocyte death by preventing calpain activation and oxidative stress, 5(8), 1785-1794.

    2014 - View publication details

  9. Wang, Y., Thandapilly, S.J., Harding, S.V., Tosh, S.M., Jones, P.J.H., and Ames, N.P. (2013). "Barley β-Glucan Consumption Decreases Serum Cholesterol Levels and Increases 7 alpha-Hydroxy-4-Cholesten-3-One Levels in Moderately Hypercholesterolemic Adults.", Experimental Biology 2013, Boston, MA, USA, April 20-24, 2013.

    2013 - View publication details

  10. Movahed, A., Nabipour, I., Lieben Louis, X., Thandapilly, S.J., Yu, L., Kalantarhormozi, M., Rekabpour, S.J., Netticadan, T. (2013). Antihyperglycemic effects of short term resveratrol supplementation in type 2 diabetic patients, 2013

    2013 - View publication details

Research facility

Route 100, Unit 100-101
Morden, MB R6M 1Y5


Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada   

Adjunct Professor, Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, University of  Manitoba, Canada