Prof. Vijith S. Jayamanne

BSc Agric (Ruhuna), MPhil (SL), PhD (Surrey, England), MIBiol (SL)

Professor in Food Science & Technology
Dept of Food Science and Technology
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka


Phone

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+94-41-2292813 (Direct) / +94-41-2292200 / Ext 207

Fax

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+94 41 2292384

E-mail

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vsjayamanne@fst.ruh.ac.lk

vijith.jayamanne@gmail.com

FULL NAME

Vijith Samantha Jayamanne

 

PERSONAL

Married

 

NATIONALITY

Sri Lankan

 

LANGUAGE ABILITY

English

Sinhala

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

  • 2002-2006: PhD (Food Microbiology) University of Surrey, Title of the thesis: Survival of probiotic Bifidobacterium spp. in fermented milkproducts.

  • 1998-2002: MPhil (Food Science and Technology) University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka GPA: 3.96 out of 4.

  • Title of the thesis: Incidence, detection and control of Listeria monocytogenes in milk and milk products in Sri Lanka.

  • 1990-1994: BSc (Agriculture) University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, Class: Second Upper Honours.

 

EMPLOYMENT

  • 2002 to date Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna,Sri Lanka.

  • 2003-2005 Demonstrator, School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

  • 1996-2002 Lecturer, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.

  • 1995-1996 Research Officer, Coconut Research Institute, Lunuwila, Sri Lanka.

  • 1995 (April-Sep.) Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.

 

ACADEMIC DISTINCTIONS/AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Best poster presenter, SfAM Summer Conference. 4th-7th July 2005. Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM), Brighton, UK.

  • Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship for doctoral studies at University of Surrey, UK (2002).

  • Dr A W R Joarchim Memorial Award for the best student, Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2001).

  • Research Assistantship, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada (2002).

  • The most meritorious student of the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture (PGIA), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2000).

  • A postgraduate scholarship to the most meritorious student of the PGIA, awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Sri Lanka (2000).

  • D H E Mohottii memorial Gold medal for the best student (batch-top) of the third year examination, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (General Convocation 1996).

  • Merit Scholarship for undergraduate studies, Education Department Cooperative Society (EDCS), Colombo, Sri Lanka (1989).

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • Life Member, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS), Colombo, Sri Lanka (since 1995).

  • Society for Applied Microbiology, The Blore Tower, The Harpur Centre, Bedford MK40 1TQ, UK (since 2003).

  • International Association for Food Protection, 6200 Aurora Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50322-2864, USA (2005-2006).

  • Member, Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka (since May 2007).

 

PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS

  • Jayamanne, V.S. & Samarajeewa, U. (2007). Occurrence of virulent Listeria monocytogenes strains in milk products in Sri Lanka and their resistance to stress environmental conditions. Asia Conference on Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity, 17-19th April 2007. Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2006). Effects of pH, storage temperature and Eh on the survival of probiotic bifidobacteria in fermented milk products. Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) Conference. 28th- 30th May 2006. Montreal, Canada.

  • Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2005). Survival kinetics and stress resistance of Bifidobacterium spp. show their different viabilities in bio-yoghurts and gut. SfAM Summer Conference. 4th-7th July 2005. Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM), Brighton, UK.

  • Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2005). Viability of probiotic Bifidobacterium spp. in stress environmental conditions. 2nd Festival of Research. 1st July 2005. School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

  • Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2005). Development of survival models for bifidobacteria proves useful for the bio-yoghurt industry. 4th NIZO Dairy conference: prospects for health, well-being and safety. 15th-17th June 2005, Papendal, The Netherlands.

  • Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2005). Identity, survival, and stress resistance of Bifidobacterium spp. in bio-yoghurts. International Conference on Environmental Applied and Industrial Microbiology. 15th-18th March 2005, Badajoz, Spain.

  • Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2005). Modeling the survival of Bifidobacterium longum in fermented milk. Guessing the Future: a thing of the past. Predictive Food Microbiology and Risk Assessment. SfAM Winter Conference. 12th-13th January 2005. Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM), Norwich, UK.

  • Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2004). Production of probiotic buffalo curd with incorporated bifidobacteria. 1st Festival of Research. 18th July 2004. School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

  • Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2004). Survival of probiotic Bifidobacterium spp. in fermented milk products. Dairy and Food Microbiology: Challenges and Opportunities. SfAM Summer Conference. 12th-15th July 2004. Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM), Cork, Republic of Ireland.

  • Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2003). Production of probiotic buffalo curd with incorporated bifidobacteria and its effect on sensory properties. A one-day conference with posters for postgraduate students. Association of Applied Biologists. 15th December 2003. The Linnean Society of London, London, UK.

  • Jayamanne, V.S. & Samarajeewa, U. (2003). Listeria monocytogenes: Its survival during processing. Proceedings of the 8th ASEAN Food Conference, Hanoi, Vietnam, 8-11 October, pp 728-731.

  • Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) Summer Conference: Living Together-Polymicrobial Communities. 3rd-6th July 2006. Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • International Yakult Symposium: Understanding the role of probiotics in health. 13th-14th October 2005. Yakult Belgium Ltd., Ghent, Belgium.

  • 92nd Annual Meeting and Conference on Food Protection. 14-17th August, 2005. International Association for Food Protection, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

 

POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • Head, Dept of Food Science & Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna (since January 2007).

  • Vice President, Ruhuna University Agriculture Teachers' Association (RUATA), University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka (2002).

  • Senior Treasurer, English Literary Association, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (2002- 2003).

  • Student Counselor, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (2002 - 2003).

  • Coordinator of English, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (1997 - 2001).

  • Academic Sub Warden, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (1997 - 1999).

  • President, Alumni Association, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (1997).

  • Treasurer, Alumni Association, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (1995).

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Viability of probiotic bacteria in fermented milk products.

  • Incidence, detection and control of pathogens in food.

  • Modelling the growth and survival of bacteria in food.

 

 

JOURNAL PAPERS

 

Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2007). Modelling the effects of pH, storage temperature and redox-potential (Eh) on the survival of bifidobacteria in fermented milk. International Journal of Food Microbiology (in press).

 

Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2006). Determination of survival, identity and stress resistance of probiotic bifidobacteria in bio-yoghurts. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 42: 189-194.

 

Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2004). Survival of probiotic bifidobacteria in buffalo curd and their effect on sensory properties. International Journal of Food Science and Technology. 39: 719-725.

 

Jayamanne, V.S. & Samarajeewa, U. (2001). Incidence and detection of Listeria monocytogenes in milk and milk products of Sri Lanka. Tropical Agricultural Research. 13: 42-50.

 

Jayamanne, V.S., Wijeratne, M. & Wijayaratna, C.M. (2002). Adoptability of new technology in the smallholdings tea sector in the low country of Sri Lanka. Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics. 103 (2): 125-132.

 

PAPER ABSTRACTS

 

Jayamanne, V.S. & Wijeratne M. (1998). Current trends in technology adoption in the tea smallholdings sector in Matara district. Proceedings of the Annual Sessions 1998, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS), Sri Lanka. pp. 346.

 

Rathnayaka, M., Wijeratne, V. & Jayamanne, V.S. (1998). Evaluation of grain quality characteristics of commonly grown rice varieties in Matara district. Proceedings of the Annual Sessions 1998, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS), Sri Lanka. pp.112-113.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 

Jayamanne, V.S. & Samarajeewa, U. (2007). Occurrence of virulent Listeria monocytogenes strains in milk products in Sri Lanka and their resistance to stress environmental conditions. Asia Conference on Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity, 17-19th April 2007. Bangkok, Thailand.

 

Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2006). Effects of pH, storage temperature and Eh on the survival of probiotic bifidobacteria in fermented milk products. Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) Conference. 28th- 30th May 2006. Montreal, Canada.

 

Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2005). Survival kinetics and stress resistance of Bifidobacterium spp. show their different viabilities in bio-yoghurts and gut. SfAM Summer Conference. 4th-7th July 2005. Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM), Brighton, UK.

 

Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2005). Viability of probiotic Bifidobacterium spp. in stress environmental conditions. 2nd Festival of Research. 1st July 2005. School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

 

Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2005). Development of survival models for bifidobacteria proves useful for the bio-yoghurt industry. 4th NIZO Dairy conference: prospects for health, well-being and safety. 15th-17th June 2005, Papendal, The Netherlands.

 

Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2005). Identity, survival, and stress resistance of Bifidobacterium spp. in bio-yoghurts. International Conference on Environmental Applied and Industrial Microbiology. 15th-18th March 2005, Badajoz, Spain.

 

Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2005). Modeling the survival of Bifidobacterium longum in fermented milk. Guessing the Future: a thing of the past. Predictive Food Microbiology and Risk Assessment. SfAM Winter Conference. 12th-13th January 2005. Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM), Norwich, UK.

 

Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2004). Production of probiotic buffalo curd with incorporated bifidobacteria. 1st Festival of Research. 18th July 2004. School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.

 

Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2004). Survival of probiotic Bifidobacterium spp. in fermented milk products. Dairy and Food Microbiology: Challenges and Opportunities. SfAM Summer Conference. 12th-15th July 2004. Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM), Cork, Republic of Ireland.

 

Jayamanne, V.S. & Adams, M.R. (2003). Production of probiotic buffalo curd with incorporated bifidobacteria and its effect on sensory properties. A one-day conference with posters for postgraduate students. Association of Applied Biologists. 15th December 2003. The Linnean Society of London, London, UK.

 

Jayamanne, V.S. & Samarajeewa, U. (2003). Listeria monocytogenes: Its survival during processing. Proceedings of the 8th ASEAN Food Conference, Hanoi, Vietnam, 8-11 October, pp 728-731.

 

Food Microbiology and Safety: Incidence, detection and control of pathogens in food. Viability of probiotic bacteria in fermented milk products. Modelling the survival/growth of bacteria in food.