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PhD Student
Department of Anatomy
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (Sri Lanka) MSc (Sri Lanka)
Research summary
Novel protein, in vivo and in vitro characterisation, skin and hair health
Undergraduate teaching: HUBS 191 and HUBS 192 (first year), Med2 Gross Anatomy, Med 2/3 Histology, Med 3-RDA Histology (2nd and 3rd year Medical)
  • Clinical Anatomy Research Group
  • Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists (ANZACA)
  • Anatomical Society, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Physiological Society United Kingdom
  • Physiological Society Sri Lanka
  • Young scientist forum Sri Lanka
  • Peradeniya University Teachers Association
  • Society of Companion Animal Practitioners of Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka Association of Animal Production
  • Alumni Association University of Peradeniya


Currently, Im looking at the effects of a novel protein, developed by the Dias research group, on the health of hair and skin using in vivo and in vitro tests.

Additional details

Lecturer (probationary) at Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (February 2015 to present).
Dr Nethmini Haththotuwa

Won both first place and people's choice awards for the 2020 “Bake your Thesis” competition.


Haththotuwa, T., Bekhit, A. E.-D., Wththasinghe, P., Gao, J., Hou, Y., & Dias, G. (2023). The impact of novel sheep wool-derived dietary keratin protein (KDP) on gut mircobiota. Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science & Technology (NZIFST) Conference : Food in a Changing World. S09. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Ratnayake, J., Camilleri, J., Haththotuwa, T. N., & Huang, J. (2023). In vitro biological testing of dental materials. In G. J. Seymour, M. P. Cullinan, N. C. K. Heng & P. R. Cooper (Eds.), Oral biology: Molecular techniques and applications: Methods in molecular biology (Vol. 2588). (3rd ed.) (pp. 505-524). New York, NY: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-2780-8_31 Chapter in Book - Research

Dias, G. J., Haththotuwa, T. N., Rowlands, D. S., Ingram, M., & Bekhit, A. E.-D. A. (2022). Wool keratin: A novel dietary protein source: Nutritional value and toxicological assessment. Food Chemistry, 383, 132436. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2022.132436 Journal - Research Article

Haththotuwa, T., Dias, J., & Bekhit, A. E.-D. (2021). Assessment of novel wool keratin derived protein (KDP) as a dietary antioxidant. Proceedings of the University of Otago Student Research Symposium: Te Wānaka Rakahau: Ākoka. (pp. 32). [Abstract] Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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