Ashok Kakkar


PhD (University of Waterloo, 1990)
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (Cambridge 1990-91
Northwestern 1991-93)

Office: Otto Maass 313

Phone: (514)398-6912

Email: Ashok.Kakkar [at] McGill.CA
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Lab: Otto Maass 230
Lab Phone: (514)398-6924

Research Themes:

Materials Chemistry 


Chemical Biology

Research Description:

Our research group is interested in developing smart and multi-tasking nanomaterials for biomedical applications. We use macromolecules (dendrimers, miktoarm polymers, telodendrimers) and metal nanoparticles (iron oxide and gold nanoshells), as two diverse platforms to address key challenges in nanomedicine. Research in our laboratory is highly interdisciplinary, and is at the interface of several scientific fronts including synthetic chemistry (organic and inorganic), materials science, and biology. Our research program aims to prepare students with expertise in organic synthesis (small to large macromolecules) and design of nanoparticles, polymer chemistry, self-assembly, and biology. We have strong collaborations with leading researchers locally and worldwide in pharmacology, chemical and biomedical engineering for example, to develop a detailed understanding and facilitate application of nanotechnology in medicine.

Currently Teaching:

CHEM 400 Independent Study in Chemistry 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 571 Polymer Synthesis 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 662 Course not available
CHEM 763 Course not available