Ashim Dhakal is co-founder and chief scientist at Phutung Research Institute. He received EU’s prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarship and obtained MSc degree in Photonics Engineering jointly from Ghent University, Free University Brussels, University of St. Andrews, and Heriot-Watt University. He received his PhD from Ghent University and imec in 2016. His research interests include biophotonics, silicon and silicon nitride photonics, spectroscopy, and optical coherence tomography. He has over 40 international publications and has presented his research in more than a dozen conferences. He has a web-of-science h-index of 11, more than 830 citations, and is a grantee of UK’s EPSRC-GCRF and TWAS research grants.