Ashok Kumar Patel, PhD, is an applied biologist with a diverse portfolio of research united by an interest in understanding how research outcomes impact the public well-being. Much of his work focuses on aspects of Virology (i) Chikungunya Virus (ii) Dengue Virus (iii) Corona Virus. Screening of phytochemicals for antviral activity was his main research focus. Apart from this, he has interest in chromatin remodelling projects.
Ashok’s early training at BSc. and MSc. Level was in Physics at BHU, Varanasi, India. He joined the Molecular Biology Unit, Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, Varanasi for Ph.D. with Prof. J.V. Medicherla where he carried out structural and biophysical studies of proteins from natural source. His active interest in proteins led him to get training from Prof. David W. Rice, University of Sheffield, UK (2007); Prof B.W. Dijkstra, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (2008) and Prof. Petri Kursula at University of Oulu, Finland (2009) on the travel fellowship by Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) Germany.
He worked as postdoc fellow with Prof. Gregory Bowman in Johns Hopkins University, USA during 2009-2013 where he worked on chromatin remodeling. Currently He is working as an Assistant Professor in Kusuma school of Biological Sciences, IIT Delhi.