Dr. KKA Sanjeewa (FOT) Received Young Scientist Award from the Institute of Biology for Outstanding Research in Marine Bioprospecting

Dr. KKA Sanjeewa, from the Faculty of Technology at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, has been honored with the prestigious Young Scientist Award by the Institute of Biology Sri Lanka. This esteemed award is bestowed upon young biologists who demonstrate exceptional research skills and have made significant contributions to the advancement of the field of biology in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Sanjeewa’s research primarily focuses on the bioprospecting of marine organisms to discover novel bioactive secondary metabolites for developing nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, and functional foods. His particular interest lies in investigating the anti-inflammatory mechanisms of natural bioactive compounds for treating fine dust-induced inflammatory responses in humans. He has published over 80 research/review articles in SCI-indexed journals, over 30 abstracts in many international conferences, and several book chapters with reputed international publishers. Dr. Sanjeewa currently has an H-index of 29 over 2450 Google Scholar citations. Dr. Sanjeewa holds the position of Editorial Board Member in the Marine Biotechnology section of the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Journal. He also actively contributes as a Reviewer Board Member and Guest Editor for several marine biomedical sciences-related journals, including Marine Drugs. In addition, he is a recipient of the Top 2% highly cited researcher recognition (awarded by Elsevier BV and Stanford University) in 2021 and 2022, acknowledging his outstanding contributions to the field of marine life sciences.

Dr. Sanjeewa received the honor during the Inauguration Ceremony of the 43rd Annual Sessions of the IOBSL, which took place on Friday, September 22, 2023, at the Ariyana Reach Hotel in Maharagama.

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