Paras N. Prasad, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Physics, Medicine and
Executive Director ILPB
Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics
428 Natural Science Complex
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-3000
FAX: (716) 645-6945
Dr. Paras N. Prasad holds the unique multidisciplinary position of SUNY Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Medicine (four departments spanning three schools). He is the Samuel P. Capen Chair of Chemistry and the Executive Director of the multidisciplinary Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics, which he founded in 1999. His pioneering contributions in interdisciplinary research at the interface of photonics, nanotechnology, and biomedicine have broadly impacted healthcare, energy, and optical technologies. Scientific American named him among the world’s top 50 science and technology leaders. He has authored 875 scientific papers; four field-defining monographs, widely used in teaching worldwide, in nonlinear optics, biophotonics, nanophotonics, and nanomedicine; eight edited books; and numerous patents. He introduced and advanced new frontiers of organic nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, biophotonics and nanomedicine. His Google Scholar h-Index is 132, with ~76,000 citations. His many awards for research excellence include 2021 IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award; IEEE Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology; the American Chemical Society Peter Debye Award, the Morley Medal and the Schoellkopf Medal; SPIE’s highest honor of Gold medal; Optical Society Michael Feld Biophotonics award; Western New York Health Care Industries Technology/Discovery Award; SUNY Excellence in the Pursuit of Knowledge award; UB’s first Innovation Impact award; UB President’s Medal; Guggenheim Fellowship; Sloan Fellowship. He is an elected foreign fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India and a fellow of the National Academy of inventors . He is a fellow of the APS, OSA, SPIE, and IEEE and was listed among Thompson Reuters “Highly Cited Researchers” for 2014 &2016. He has Honorary Doctorates from KTH in Sweden, the Aix-Marseille University in France, MEPhI in Russia, and the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil. Globally, his technologies have produced nine 9 spin-off companies, including publicly-traded Nanobiotix, now in advanced clinical trials for cancer therapy.”
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Awards and Honors
- IEEE Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award ( 2021 )
- Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences , India ( 2020 )
- Honorary Member of the Indian Society of Nanomedicine (2018 )
- Fellow of IEEE (2018)
- American Chemical Society Peter Debye Award (2018)
- Honorary Doctorate from Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil (2017)
- IEEE Nanotechnology Council Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology (2017)
- OSA Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award (2017)
- Fellow, National Academy of Inventors (2016)
- Honorary Doctorate from National Nuclear University , Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (2016)
- SPIE Gold Medal (2016)
- UB President’s Medal (2016)
- Innovation Impact Award, SUNY at Buffalo (2015)
- Honorary Doctorate at Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France (2014)
- Selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher from around the world (2014, 2016)
- Honorary Doctorate at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology (2013)
- Distinguished Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology (2012)
- Distinguished Foreign Professor, Korea University, Korea, (2012)
- Honorary Professorship from Zhejiang University and from Changchun University of Science and Technology (2010)
- WNY Inventor of the Year, Life Sciences First Place, NFIPLA (2009)
- State of New York Legislative Resolution Honoring Dr. Prasad (2006)
- Scientific American’s Top 50 (2005)
- Fellow of SPIE (2005)
- Morley Medal of Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society (2004)
- Inventor of the Year in Life Sciences Award: the Technical Council of the Niagara Frontier (2003)
- Excellence in Pursuit of Knowledge Award of the SUNY Research Foundation (2003)
- Technology/Discovery Award of Western New York Health Care Industries (2000)
- Western New York American Chemical Society Schoellkopf Award (1999)
- John Simon Guggenheim Fellow (1997)
- SUNY Distinguished Professor (1997)
- Fellow of the American Physical Society (1995)
- Fellow of the Optical Society of America (1994)
- Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (1977 1981)
- Gold medal: Bihar University for standing first in M.Sc. exam of the University
- Gold medal: Bihar University for standing first in B.Sc. (Honors) exam of the University
- National Scholarship: the President of India (1964 1966)
- Executive Director, Institute for Lasers, Photonics, and Biophotonics, State University of New York at Buffalo (9/23/99 - ).
- Professor of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo (9/1/99 - ).
- Professor of Electrical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo (9/1/99 - ).
- Samuel P. Capen Chair of Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo (9/1/97 - ).
- Professor of Physics, State University of New York at Buffalo (7/9/97 - ).
- Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo (3/15/97 - ).
- Photonics Science Professor and Director of Photonics Research Laboratory, State University of New York at Buffalo (5/1/91 ).
- Professor and Director of Photonics Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo (9/1/82 5/31/91).
- Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo (9/1/78-8/31/82).
- Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo (9/1/74-8/31/78).
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (4/15/71- /31/74).
- Lecturer, Dept. of Chemistry, Bhagalpur University, Bihar, India (1/67 8/67).