Biography of Paras N Prasad

PARAS N. PRASAD, Ph.D., is SUNY Distinguished Professor in Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Medicine; Samuel P. Capen Chair of Chemistry; and Executive Director of the Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics.  In 2005, Scientific American named him among the top 50 science and technology leaders in the world. He has published more than 800 scientific papers, along with four field-defining monographs in Nonlinear Optics, Biophotonics, Nanophotonics, and Nanomedicine; eight edited books; and numerous patents.  He has received the Morley Medal and the Schoellkopf Medal from the American Chemical Society; a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Sloan Fellowship; the Western New York Health Care Industries Technology/Discovery Award; a SUNY Excellence in the Pursuit of Knowledge award; UB’s first Innovation Impact award; and his University’s President’s Medal. Prasad is also the winner of SPIE’s highest honor of President’s Gold medal, Optical Society of America’s Michael Feld Biophotonics award, IEEE’s Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology, Peter Debye Award from the American Chemical Society in recognition of his numerous pioneering contributions to nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, biophotonics, and nanomedicine. He is a fellow of the APS, OSA, and SPIE, and IEEE. He is on the Thompson Reuters “Highly Cited Researchers” list for 2014 and 2016. Prasad has received Honorary Doctorates from KTH in Sweden, the Aix-Marseille University in France, MEPhI in Russia and Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil. His Google Scholar h-Index is 113 with a total citation of 56367.

Beyond his outstanding scholastic and research achievements, his work has had substantial technological and societal impact. His technologies have produced 9 spin-off companies, one of which, a publically traded company, Nanobiotix, is now in advanced clinical trial for cancer therapy. Prasad has also mentored many students and championed young faculty members across the globe.