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 is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Physics, Medicine and Electrical Engineering, the highest rank in the New York State University system. He also holds the Samuel P. Capen Chair at the University at Buffalo and is the Executive Director of the multidisciplinary Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics. Dr. Prasad has published over 700 scientific papers, co-edited six books, and co-authored a monograph (with D.J. Williams), “Introduction to Nonlinear Optical Effects in Molecules and Polymers.” Dr. Prasad published “Introduction to Biophotonics,” the first monograph in this field, which authoritatively defines the field, details its scope and identifies emerging opportunities. He has also published monographs, “Nanophotonics,” which includes its impact on Nanomedicine and “Introduction to Nanomedicine and Nanobioengineering ”. Dr. Prasad also holds a number of patents.
Dr. Prasad has received much recognition for his pioneering contributions. He received Scientific American’s Top 50 (2005), Fellow of SPIE (2005), 2003 & 2008 Inventor of the Year in Life Sciences Award by the Technical Council of the Niagara Frontier (2004,2009).He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Sloan and Guggenheim fellowships. Dr. Prasad has received the Schoellkopf Award of the Western New York American Chemical Society for his academic achievements. He was also awarded the Technology/Discovery award from the Western New York Health Care Industries Association for his pioneering work on “Nanoclinics” for Biophotonics. He has been awarded by the Chancellor of the State University of New York system the "Excellence in Pursuit of Knowledge" award. He was a recipient of the Morley Prize of the Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society. He has received a honorary professorship from Zhejiang University in China for his pioneering work in photonics, nanophotonics and biophotonics, as well as for his world leadership advancing a global infrastructure in science and technology. Recently he received an honorary doctorate from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden (KTH) for his pioneering work in areas including the use of light-based technologies to address important, global health problems. Aix-Marseille University (AMU) in France has recently awarded Dr.Prasad with a Honorary Degree.Publishing of his book "Introduction to Nanomedicine and Nanobioengineering" was recently recognized by the University at Buffalo in the Sixth Salute to UB Authors.
Dr. Prasad has also been a leader in promoting international scientific infrastructures. He organized six “International Conferences on Frontiers of Polymers and Advanced Materials" (India, 1991; Indonesia, 1993; Malaysia, 1995; Egypt, 1997; Poland, 1999; Brazil, 2001). Each of these conferences brought together top level scientists, engineers and government representatives from more than 20 countries to develop a global infrastructure for advanced materials and emerging technologies.
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Awards and Honors
- 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).