Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ashok Gnanasekaran

Associate Professor,
Faculty of Medicine


  • BSc (Madras), MSc, MPhil (Bharathidasan), PhD (Madras)

Teaching and Research Experience:

  • Lecturer , Department of Microbiology,Faculty of Medicine, Quest International University Perak (QIUP),Malaysia
  • Research Scientist & Lecturer (Virology) at MCVR, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, India;
  • Field Researcher (SAATHI),University of Madras;
  • Junior Research Fellow, University of Madras

Major Research Interest

  • Vaccine and Antiviral research, Host virus interaction, Viral disease outbreaks investigation, Phytochemical .

  • Silver Medal - Biodegradable and biocompatible polyhydroxyalkanoates microspheres as matrix for encapsulation of Caesalpinia bonducella extract at INDES 2019 organised by Universiti Teknologi Mara om 17-19 September 2019.
  • Service award 2019 -5 years of service award at Quest International University Perak
  • Silver Award- International Innovation Award (MTE 2020), Malaysia
  • International Award of Merit Malaysia-Croatia Tech Exchange, Ambassador of Republic of Croatia in Malaysia- 2020
  • Outstanding Scientist Award-2020, MRS Medical Science & Research Educational Trust, India.
  • Outstanding Scientist Award-2021- Antiviral research society, India
  • Young Researcher Award 2021- AVRS, Tamilnadu, India
  • Global Faculty Award-2021 organized by AKS academic India
  • Silver Award - Sustainable Development Goals International Innovation Awards (MTE 2021), Malaysia, for our innovation of Immunomodultaory effect of Tinospora Cordifolia with Special reference To Antiviral.
  • Silver Award - Sustainable Development Goals International Innovation Awards (MTE 2021), Malaysia, for our innovation of Biopolymer Microspheres as Matrix for Controlled Delivery of Caesalpiniaceae Seed Extract: An Innovative Approach in the Uterine Fibroid Treatment.


  • Director, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Phytochemical Studies
  • Coordinator for Block 2- Molecular Medicine (Year 1 MBBS)
  • Member of Faculty Research committee


  • Observer: Joint committee of Biosafety, Animal and Human Research Ethics, Quest International University Perak (QIUP), Malaysia.
  • Quality Manager and Internal Auditor (Aug 2012-Mar 2013) – Lab accreditation, ISO 15189  implementation, Quality & Compliance Internal Quality Assessor. MCVR, Manipal University

Editorial Board Member:

  • IOSR Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Science (IOSR-JPBS)
  • African Journal of Biotechnology
  • Indian Journal of Applied Microbiology
  • Integrative Molecular Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, USA


  • African Journal of Biotechnology
  • Indian Journal of Applied Microbiology
  • Integrative Molecular Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, USA

Memberships in the Professional bodies:

  • Member- Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT)
  • Life member of International Society for Infectious diseases
  • Fellow Member of Society for Applied Biotechnologist
  • Life Member of Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists
  • Life Member of Indian Association of Applied Microbiologists
  • International Society for Applied Life Sciences (ISALS)

  1. QIUP Research project on Wound healing and Antimicrobial Properties of ethanolic extract of Passiflora with special reference to diabetic foot infection. Output: in the process of patenting the medicine for pancreatic and wound healing treatment Funded by: Quest International University Perak (QIUP), Malaysia Position: Project Leader
  2. Immunomodulatory mechanism of Tinospora cordifolia in LPS-induced mice model through regulation of NF-kβ pathway. Position: Project Leader
  3. Evaluation of anti-angiogenic and anti-proliferative activities of PHA-based microspheres containing Caesalpinia bonducella seed extract Position: Co-researcher

  • Roles and Mechanisms of Stem Cell in Wound Healing. Stem Cell Investig 2021;8:4 | http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/sci-2020-027 (Impact Factor: 2) 2.

  • An insight on superoxide dismutase (SOD) from plants for mammalian health enhancement. S Stephenie, YP Chang, A Gnanasekaran, NM Esa, C Gnanaraj. Journal of Functional Foods 68, 103917. (Impact factor: 3) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jff.2020.103917 3.

  • Effects of marine extracts on augmenting cytokine production and its anti tumor activity. Published: 19 June 2020. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12919-020-00190-4 4.

  • Role of microbiome in health and disease -A review. Acad. J. Microbiol. Res. 8(7): 022-026. (Impact factor :1.372) https://www.academiapublishing.org/journals/ajmr/pdf/2020/July/Nagalambika%20et%20al.pdf 5.

  • Targeting Notch signaling pathway of cancer stem cells. Stem Cell Investig 2018;5:5 (Impact Factor: 2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5897708/pdf/sci-05- 018.02.02.pdf

  • Subashini M, Rajendran P, Ashok G and Kanthesh B. TLC, FTIR and GC-MS analysis of leaves of Gymnema sylvestre R.Br from Kolli Hills, Tamil Nadu, India. 2015, International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences, Vol. 4, pp. 757-764. ISSN: 2319-7706.
  • Karthikeyan M, Ashok G, Vikaram R, Anbalagan S. Preliminary Studies on activity of Ocimum sanctum, Azardirachta indica, Annona squamosa, Tribulus terrestris and Eucalptus globules against Neisseria gonorrhoeae. 2013, World journal of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, Vol. 2, pp. 1232-1237. ISSN 2278-4357.
  • Ashok G., Rajendran P., Kannan , Joseph C Daniel., Karthikeyan M., Umamaheshwari P.K, Shivasankari , Meenakshisundaram C., Shivasankar M., Melani Rajendran, Nivedha Rajendran.Seroprevalence of Certain Bacterial and Viral Infections among Irula Tribal Population of Marakannam, Tamilnadu State, India. 2012, Cambridge Journal of Primary Health Care Research & Development. 1-7. ISSN: 1463-4236
  • Ashok G , Rajendran P, Jayam S, Karthika R , B.M.Kanthesh , Vikram Reddy, Kulkarni P.S. Assessment of Immune Response and Safety of two Recombinant Hepatitis B Vaccines (Gene Vac- B & Engerix B) in Healthy Infants. 2011,J of Biotech, 10(59), 12707-12710. ISSN: 1684-5315.
  • Kannan Mohan, Rajendran Paramasivam ,Pratap Chandran, Vedha Veerasami, Ashok Gnanasekaran, Anushka Shanmugam and Karthikeyan Murugesan. Inhibition of hepatitis B virus DNA polymerase and modulation of TH1 & TH2 cytokine secretion by three Indian medicinal plants and its correlation with antiviral properties.2011, Journal of Pharmacy Research, 4(4), 1044-1046 -ISSN: 0974-6943.
  • Saravanamurthy PS M.Sc.,(Ph.D).,Dr.P.Rajendran Ph.D.,Dr.Priya Maria Miranda Ph.D. Ashok G M.Sc.,(Ph.D)., Saisubhasree Raghavan Ph.D., Dr.Dorai Raj M.D., Ms.Supriya Sahu IAS., Dr.L.Ramakrishnan Ph.D., A Cross-sectional Study of Sexual Practices and Sexually Transmitted Infections among Male-to-Female Transgenders in Urban Chennai, India. 2010, American Medical Journal 1 (2): 87-93. ISSN 1949-0070.

Role of medicinal plants in the treatment of cancer.(2017). Cancer versus Nutraceuticals (Cancer etiology, Diagnosis and Treatments, Nova biomedical, Newyork,USA by Nova science publishers.

  • Use of Adenia cordifolia extract for wound healing. International Patent Number: WO2020/235987 (A61K 36/185 (2006.01); A61P 17/02 (2006.01))
  • A Pharmaceutical formulation exhibiting antiviral activity. IPR No: CBR/10330/3280/CHE/2013 dt 23.07.2013
  • An Antiviral activity exhibiting Pharmaceutical composition. IPR No: CBR/10330/3281/CHE/2013 dt 23.07.2013.

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