Akemi Wijayabahu


Bachelor of Science, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Master of Science, Epidemiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Hometown: Kandy, Sri Lanka (Beautiful historic city located in the center of Sri Lanka)
Research Interests: Molecular and cancer epidemiology, molecular biology and genetics
Long-term career goals: To be a profound epidemiologist in the field of molecular and cancer epidemiology as well as to have more opportunities in social service activities
What philosophy guides your education? “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”-Mahatma Gandhi.

Date Accomplishments
July 2019
  • Paper accepted for publication by journal Cancer Causes & Control: Yaghjyan, L., Esnakula, K. A., Scott, C. G., Wijayabahu, A. T., Jensen, M. R., and Vachon, C. M. (2019). Associations of mammographic breast density with breast stem cell marker-defined breast cancer.
  • Yaghjyan, Lusine, Akemi T. Wijayabahu, and Kathleen M. Egan. “RE: The Association Between Dietary Quality and Overall and Cancer-Specific Mortality Among Cancer Survivors, NHANES III.” JNCI Cancer Spectrum 2, no. 3 (2018).
March 2019
  • Wijayabahu, A. T., Waugh, S. G., Ukhanova, M., & Mai, V. (2019). Dietary raisin intake has limited effect on gut microbiota composition in adult volunteers. Nutrition journal, 18(1), 14.
  • Wijayabahu, A. T., Zhou, Z., Cook, R. L., Brumback, B., Ennis, N., & Yaghjyan, L. (2019). Healthy behavioral choices and cancer screening in persons living with HIV/AIDS are different by sex and years since HIV diagnosis. Cancer Causes & Control, 1-10.
August 2017
  • Letter to the editor published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Wijayabahu AT. Gaskins et al. study reports on a new opportunity for breast cancer prevention. Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 Aug;106(2):706-707. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.117.158501. No abstract available. PMID: 28765393
  • Letter to the editor published in Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics and GynecologyWijayabahu AT. Need for an up to date and comprehensive risk factor analysis to determine the lifetime risk of uterine corpus cancer in Taiwan women. Taiwan J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Aug;56(4):580. doi: 10.1016/j.tjog.2017.04.037. No abstract available. PMID: 28805629