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Dal‑AC graduate students bring awards from the Science Atlantic Nutrition and Food Conference

Posted by stephanie rogers on May 5, 2021 in News

The third Annual Science Atlantic Nutrition and Food conference was held in virtual format during April 27-28, 2021.

Ph.D. candidate Niluni Wijesundara received the first place of the Graduate Research Award for her oral presentation on “Herbal essential oils to treat sore throat: antibacterial activity of carvacrol against Streptococcus pyogene”.

The second place of Graduate Research Award was presented to Tharindu Lakshan Suraweera for his poster presentation on “Dietary flavonoids attenuates carcinogen-induced DNA damage in cultured human lung epithelial cells”.  Tharindu is a second year M.Sc. student.

Both graduate students are supervised by Dr. Vasantha Rupasinghe of the Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences.

Science Atlantic is a federally incorporated and registered charitable association for scientists, faculty, and students in Atlantic Canada. The mission of the organization is to advance post-secondary education and research in Atlantic Canada by providing opportunities that foster and enrich students, supporting and inspiring researchers, educators, and the broader scientific community, and address important regional issues.

The Nutrition and Foods committee is the newest among 10 specialized sections of Science Atlantic. Details of awards can be found here: