About Our Team

Prof. Dr. H.P. Vasantha Rupasinghe

Delegate - Canada

Dr. H.P. Vasantha Rupasinghe is a Professor of Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals at the Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences of Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. He also holds a cross-appointment with the Department of Pathology of Faculty of Medicine. His Food Bioactives Research Program (dal.ca/fbrp) aims at understanding the molecular mechanism underlying the health-promotional benefits of phytochemicals of cool climate fruits and their derivatives, including the investigation of cancer prevention and treatment potential. As well, Dr. Rupasinghe’s team investigates anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties of phytochemicals. His research program also conducts translation research and development with local and global agri-food and natural health product industries to develop and commercialize novel value-added functional foods and natural health products. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, 22 book chapters, over 250 conference abstracts, and delivered over 75 invited talks (Google Scholar Author h- Index of 64 with total citations of over 12,750). His contributions to Canada’s food and beverage industry have been recognized with the Fellow Award of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST).