Ali Ashkar


Ali A. Ashkar, PhD, DVM

  Professor, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine

  1280 Main Street West

  McMaster Immunology Research Centre -  MDCL 4015

  Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4K1

  905-525-9140 extension 22311



Ali Ashkar is a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. Ali's first career interest was to become a veterinarian and he received his DVM degree in 1992. Ali began his pursuit of research in 1996, and he completed his Ph.D with Dr. Anne Croy, a world expert in innate immunity at the feto-maternal interface. In 2001, he moved to McMaster University to study innate mucosal immunology with Dr. Ken Rosenthal. In 2003, Ali was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, here at McMaster University, where he established an active lab in innate immunity.

Research Interests:

1 - NK cell biology

2 - IL-15 signaling

3 - Innate immunity

4 - Innate anti-viral and anti-tumor defense

5 - IL-15, obesity and immunometabolism

6 - Humanized mice as an experimental model for human specific disease