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 Manitoban Oats.. 

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

  • Evaluating the effect of processing methods, genotype and environment on the
    extractability of protein from oats and characterizing physiochemical and nutritional
    attributes of oat protein. 

  • Evaluating the health attributes of Oat derived proteins.

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


Professional activities / interests

Voting Member, Wheat, Rye and Triticale Quality Committee, Prairie Grain Development
Committee (PGDC).
American Association of Cereal Chemist’s (AACC) Bioactive Technical Committee
Member, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Career Development Committee
Editor, Journal of Food Biochemistry

Editorial board member of Journal of Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Canada Standards ISO committee member related to Cereals and Pulses standards
development (ISO/TC34/SC4).
Member of Wheat Initiative group: Improving Wheat Quality for Processing and Health
Champion, Indigenous Student Recruitment Initiative, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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. Sharifi, M., C Moffat, D. Ensing, S. Debnath, J. MacDonald, J. Pollard-Flamand, K. Fong, L. Malunga, S. Joseph, V. Marshall, B. Rabie, T. Nelson, C. Harlton, and D. Martin. 2022. Revitalizing knowledge of scwicw’s growing conditions, propagation and preservation. Report to Neskonlith Indian Band.

    2022 - View publication details

  2. Sharifi et al. 2022. Revitalizing knowledge of scwicw’s growing conditions, propagation and preservation. NIB Project report.

    2022 - View publication details

  3. Sharifi et al. 2022. Scwicw (Avalanche Lily) Ecology, Propagation, Nutritional value and Preservation. Presentation to NIB Chief and Council.

    2022 - View publication details

  4. Malunga, L.N., Ames, N., Khorshidi, A.S., Thandapilly, S.J., Yan, W., Dyck, A., Waterer, J., Malcolmson, L., Cuthbert, R., Sopiwnyk, E., Scanlon, M.G. (2021). Association of asparagine concentration in wheat with cultivar, location, fertilizer, and their interaction. Food Chemistry, [online] 344

    2021 - View publication details

  5. Wijekoon, C., Acharya, S.N., Siow, Y.L., Sura, S., Thandapilly, S., Sabra, A. (2021). Canadian sainfoin and fenugreek as forage and functional foods. Crop Science, [online] 61(1), 1-20.

    2021 - View publication details

  6. 19. Heather Blewett, Nancy Ames, Jay Petkau, Sijo Joseph, Sora Ludwig, Randomized Controlled Crossover Dose-Response Trial Shows Low Dose (2 g) Barley β-Glucan Provided in Waffles Lowers Post-Prandial Glycaemic Response In Healthy Adults, Current Developments in Nutrition, Volume 4, Issue Supplement_2, June 2020, Page 615,

    2020 - View publication details

  7. 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. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 99(3), 338-347.

    2019 - View publication details

  8. Malunga, L.N., Joseph Thandapilly, S., Ames, N. (2018). Cereal-derived phenolic acids and intestinal alpha glucosidase activity inhibition: Structural activity relationship. Journal of Food Biochemistry, [online] 42(6),

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  9. 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. Journal of Cereal Science, [online] 82 190-197.

    2018 - View publication details

  10. 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. Food and Function, [online] 9(6), 3092-3096.

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  11. 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. British Journal of Nutrition, [online] 118(10), 822-829.

    2017 - View publication details

  12. 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. Lipids, [online] 51(5), 635-642.

    2016 - View publication details

  13. 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. British Journal of Nutrition, [online] 113(9), 1373-1383.

    2015 - View publication details

  14. 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

  15. 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.

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  16. 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.

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  17. 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

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  18. Thandapilly, S.J., Louis, X.L., Yu, L., Vinqvist-Tymchuk, M.R., Kalt, W., and Netticadan, T. (2012). "Blueberry fractions prevent norepinephrine induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy and cell death.", 10th International Symposium on Vaccinium and Other Superfruits, Maastricht, Limburg, The Netherlands, June 17-22, 2012.

    2012 - View publication details

  19. Movahed, A., Yu, L., Thandapilly, S.J., Louis, X.L., and Netticadan, T. (2012). "Resveratrol protects adult cardiomyocytes against oxidative stress mediated cell injury.", Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 527(2), pp. 74-80. doi : 10.1016/

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  20. Louis, X.L., Murphy, R., Thandapilly, S.J., Yu, L., Netticadan, T. (2012). Garlic extracts prevent oxidative stress, hypertrophy and apoptosis in cardiomyocytes: A role for nitric oxide and hydrogen sulfide, 12

    2012 - 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