Ruwani Amarasekara

Ruwani Amarasekara

PhD Candidate

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 Nutrition and Food Science

Ruwani Amarasekara

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Food microbiology
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Bioinformatics


  • Ph.D., Nutrition and Food Science, Wayne State University, USA, 2024
  • MS, Nutrition and Food Science, Wayne State University, USA, 2019
  • BS, Applied Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2015

Awards and grants

  • Graduate Student Professional Travel Award, Wayne State University, MI, USA (2023)
  • Summer Dissertation Award, Wayne State University, MI, USA (2023)
  • Ph.D. Achievement Award, Great Lakes Section IFT, MI, USA (2023)
  • Graduate Professional Scholarship, Wayne State University, MI, USA (2021 – 2022)
  • Diversity Scholarship, Great Lakes Section IFT, MI, USA (2020)

Selected publications

  1. Amarasekara, N.R., Swamy, A. S., Paudel, S., Jiang, W., Li, K., Shen, C., Zhang, Y. (2024). Hypervirulent Clonal Complex (CC) of Listeria monocytogenes in Fresh Produce from Urban Communities. Frontiers in Microbiology, 15, 1307610.
  2. Amarasekara, N. R., Mafiz, A. I., Qian, X., Tiedje, J. M., Hao, W., and Zhang, Y. (2023). Exploring the co-occurrence of antibiotic, metal, and biocide resistance genes in the urban agricultural environment. Journal of Agriculture and Food Research, 11, 100474.
  3. Shen, C., Khouryieh, H., Li, K., Jiang, W., Paudel, S.K., Amarasekara, N.R., Zhang, Y., Stearns, R., Coe, C., Matak, K., and Jones, L. (2022). Survey of Consumers’ Knowledge of Food Safety of Perishable Foods Purchased at Local Farmers’ Markets. Food Protection Trends, 42(4), 292-303.
  4. Jiang, W., Paudel, S. K., Amarasekara, N.R., Zhang, Y.,Etienne, X.,Jones, L., Li, K., Hansen, F., Jaczynski, J., and Shen, C. (2021). Survey of Locally Small Produce Growers’ Perception of Antibiotic Resistance Issues at Farmers Markets. Food Control, 107997.
  5. Perera, L. N., Mafiz, A. I., Amarasekara, N.R., Chang, E., Rao, V. B. K., and Zhang, Y. (2020). Antimicrobial-resistant E. coli and Enterococcus spp. Recovered from urban community gardens. Food Control, 108, 106857.

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