Dr. Samodha C. Fernando
Assistant Professor – Nutritional Biochemistry
Department of Animal Science
Lincoln, NE 68583-0908

Research Interests
My research interests are in understanding microbial structure-function relationships to improve human and animal nutrition. To this end, I am interested in
• Understanding the role of the microbial food chain in methanogenesis and other metabolic disorders in ruminants
• Developing new animal models to study structure-function relationships in the human microbiome
• Understanding the influence of host-genotype, gut microbiota and environment towards pathogen colonization in humans and livestock
• Uncovering the gut virome in ruminants and non-ruminants




Rumen Microbial Population Dynamics during Adaptation to a High-Grain Diet, Samodha C. Fernando, H. T. Purvis II, F. Z. Najar, L. O. Sukharnikov, C. R. Krehbiel, T. G. Nagaraja, B. A. Roe, and Udaya DeSilva



β-Funaltrexamine Inhibits Inducible Nitric-oxide Synthase Expression in Human Astroglial Cells, Randall L. Davis, Daniel J. Buck, Neda Saffarian, Shekhar Mohan, Udaya DeSilva, Samodha C. Fernando, and Craig W. Stevens