Shalini Prasad received her B. E. degree from the University of Madras in India, in Electronics and Communication Engineering in 2004. She obtained her PhD degree in electrical engineering in 2004 from the University of California, Riverside. Her multidisciplinary research work “Development, application and characterization of a single cell based sensor “, won her the graduate student research award in 2004. From 2005 to 2008 she worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Portland State University and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Oregon Health Sciences University. From 2008-2010 she worked as a research assistant professor and a content expert in the area of organic/inorganic interfaces for the Arizona State University, National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network Node and the Center for Solid State Electronics Research. From 2010-2011 she worked Wichita State University as an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and was appointed as the Bomhoff Distinguished Professor in Bioengineering. She is currently Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor and Associate Professor in the Bioengineering Department at University of Texas, Dallas, she also holds an adjunct appointment as Professor in the Department of Physics at Portland State University.
Dr. Prasad is the Director of the Biomedical Microdevices and Nanotechnology Lab which has supported over 15 graduate researchers and over 20 undergraduate researchers over the last 7 years. Dr. Prasad's research interests are multi-disciplinary. They include the engineering of multi-functional nanomaterials for designing portable, “point-of-care” devices and platforms for cellular and molecular diagnostics. Her current research interests focus on addressing public health challenges of rapid and cost-effective diagnostics that has applicability in the diagnosis of various diseases such as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Prasad’s research laboratory has been actively participating in developing translational technologies for affordable molecular diagnostics platforms. Her research work has been supported by a number of federal and state agencies as well as corporate entities. She has over 30 peer reviewed journal publications. Her work has also been reported and covered in popular press. She is the recipient of a number of awards in the area of nano-biotechnology.