Department of Pharmacy

Faculty of Allied Health Sciences

Dr. Nilupa Amarasinghe

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Department of Pharmacy,
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences,
University of Peradeniya,
Augusta Hill, Sri Amarawansa Mawatha
Sri Lanka

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  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney, Australia (Mar 2009 - Aug 2012)
  • Master of Philosophy, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (Dec 2003 - Nov 2007)
  • Bachelor of Science (Special Degree in Chemistry), Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Senior Lecturer - Department of Pharmacy, University of Peradeniya – March 2015, Present

  • Analytical Chemist, Pharmaceutical Chemistry Division, Australian Laboratory Services, Sydney, Australia (Apr 2013 - Feb 2015)

  • Casual Academic, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney, Australia (Apr 2009 - Mar 2013 )

  • Lecturer (Probationary), Department of Science and Technology, Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka (July 2007 - March 2009)

  • Research Assistant, Natural Products Division, Institute of Fundamental Studies, Hantana, Sri Lanka (Nov 2003 - Jun 2007)

  • Agnes Campbell Prize for excellence in Organic Chemistry, awarded by School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney, Australia (2009,2010,2011 and 2012)

  • University of Sydney International Scholarship (USydIS), awarded by The University of Sydney, Australia (2009-2012)

  • Presidential Award for Scientific Research, awarded by His Excellency the President, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (2007 - 2008)

  • Kandiah Memorial Award(Basic Chemistry), for the best piece of research in Chemistry by a postgraduate student at a higher educational institute in Sri Lanka. Awarded by Institute of Chemistry Ceylon (2008)

  • Associate Member, Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom (Since 2011)

  • Natural Product Chemistry.
  • Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry.
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis.
  • The first catalytic, enantioselective Aza-Henry reaction of an unactivated cyclic imine, N. R. Amarasinghe, P. Turner and M. H. Todd, Adv. Synth. Catal. 2012, 354, 2954-2958

  • Antioxidant flavonol glycosides from Elaeocarpus serratus and Filicium decipiens, L. Jayasinghe, N. R. Amarasinghe, B. G. S. Arundathie, G. K. Rupasinghe, A. N. H. Jayatilake and Y. Fujimoto, Nat. Prod. Res. 2012, 26, 717-721

  • Chemical constituents of the fruits of Artocarpus altilis, N.R. Amarasinghe, L. Jayasinghe, N. Hara and Y. Fujimoto, Biochem. Syst. Ecol. 2008, 36, 323-325.

  • Flacourside, a new 4-oxo-2-cyclopentenylmethyl glucoside from the fruit juice of Flacourtia indica, N. R. Amarasinghe, L. Jayasinghe, N. Hara and Y. Fujimoto, Food Chem. 2007, 102, 95-97.

Grants Recieved
Period Project Title & grant number Awarding Body Amount Status
2016-2019 Investgation of acetylcholinesterase inhibitory actvity of Sri Lankan grown spices as potential therapeutic agents for Alzheimer's disease NSF/RG/2016/HS/04 (Principal Investigator) National Science Foundation (NSF) Rs. 2,595,000.00 Ongoing
2017-2019 Investigation of chemistry and bioactivity of Olax zeylanica URG/2016/17/AHS (Principal Investigator) University of Peradeniya Rs. 960,000.00 Complete
Postgraduate Supervision
Period Student Degree Status
2016-2019 Ms. S. Sathya (B.Pharm) M.Phil Awarded
2019 Mrs. HMSK Bandara (B.Sc, M.Phil) Ph.D Ongoing