Ashok Dhinakaran

Postdoctoral Associate

Investigates host immune-microbiome interactions longitudinally in autoimmune diseases using novel Microneedle patches to uncover the underlying cross-regulatory mechanisms.

Ashok's research focuses on the interplay of the immune system in various diseases. His previous experience includes non-invasive detection of cancers from liquid biopsies utilizing immune cell signatures and antimicrobial studies against lower respiratory pathogens like influenza and pneumococci. Ashok is currently working on longitudinal monitoring of the immune-microbiome interface in autoimmune skin diseases using the novel microneedle skin patches.

Ashok Dhinakaran on Orcid

Education and experience


Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada
Ph.D. - Biomedical Engineering
Aug 2019-Sep 2023

Hindustan University, India
M.Tech - Nanotechnology
Aug 2014-Jun 2016

Anna University, India
B.Tech, Biotechnology
Aug 2010 - May 2014


The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Connecticut
Postdoctoral Associate
PI: Dr. Sasan Jalili
Nov. 2023 - Present

Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada
Postdoctoral Associate
PI: Dr. Krishnan Venkatakrishnan & Bo Tan
Sep. 2023 - Nov. 2023

Hindustan University
Assistant Professor in Biotechnology
Jul 2016 - May 2019