Shalini Prasad

Shalini Prasad

Cecil H. and Ida Green Professor in Systems Biology Science
Professor - Bioengineering
Tags: Bioengineering

Professional Preparation

PhD - Electrical Engineering
University of California, Riverside - 2004
B.E. - Electronics and Communication Engineering
University of Madras - 2000

Research Areas

Brief Biography
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.


Label Free, Lateral Flow Prostaglandin E2 Electrochemical Immunosensor for Urinary Tract Infection Diagnosis 2021 - Journal Article
Detection of Cardiovascular CRP Protein Biomarker Using a Novel Nanofibrous Substrate 2020 - Journal Article
Design and Electrochemical Characterization of Spiral Electrochemical Notification Coupled Electrode (SENCE) Platform for Biosensing Application 2020 - Journal Article
Characterization of Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids to Study the Electrochemical Activity of Nitro Compounds 2020 - Journal Article
A Combinatorial Electrochemical Biosensor for Sweat Biomarker Benchmarking 2019 - Journal Article
AWARE: A Wearable Awareness with Real-time Exposure, for monitoring alcohol consumption impact through ethyl glucuronide detection 2019 - Journal Article
A Rapid Response Electrochemical Biosensor for Detecting Thc In Saliva 2019 - Journal Article
Non-invasive monitoring of a circadian relevant biomarker from easily accessible body fluids using hybrid aqueous-ionic buffer interfaces on flexible substrates 2019 - Journal Article

News Articles

Team Builds Low-Cost, Low-Energy Carbon Dioxide, Humidity Sensor
Team Builds Low-Cost, Low-Energy Carbon Dioxide, Humidity Sensor A research team at The University of Texas at Dallas has created a first-of-its-kind sensor for real-time measurements of carbon dioxide and relative humidity — using a technique conceived while washing dishes.
“As environmental concerns continue to mount, we’re seeking new ways to monitor atmospheric conditions,” said Dr. Shalini Prasad, Cecil H. and Ida Green Professor in Systems Biology Science and the interim department head of bioengineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. “With this prototype, we’ve created something appropriate for usage in automobile and smart-phone manufacturing, as well as in the monitoring of energy-efficient buildings — all enabled through the internet of things.”
Bioengineers Develop Quick, Saliva-Based Detection Test for Marijuana
Bioengineers Develop Quick, Saliva-Based Detection Test for Marijuana Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S. As states grapple with marijuana laws, public safety agencies face challenges in identifying those driving under its influence.

Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have created a sensor that uses saliva to rapidly report — within one minute — a subject’s level of THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana.

Their proof-of-concept study, published in September in Nature Scientific Reports, could clear the way for a new roadside DUI assessment for THC that works in much the same way as testing for alcohol impairment.
Team Develops Wearable Sensor To Help Those with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Team Develops Wearable Sensor To Help Those with Inflammatory Bowel Disease University of Texas at Dallas researchers have designed a wearable device that monitors sweat for biomarkers that could signal flare-ups of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

A team of bioengineers demonstrated the wristwatch-like device in a proof-of-concept study funded by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and published online July 28 and in the October print edition of the foundation’s journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

A sensor in the device detects and quantifies the presence of two key biomarkers associated with inflammatory bowel disease: interleukin-1β and C-reactive protein (CRP). The study is the first to establish that CRP is present in human sweat and the first to show that the two biomarkers can be detected in sweat.

Dr. Shalini Prasad, department head and professor of bioengineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the study’s principal investigator, said the technology could provide a warning but not a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease. The ultimate goal of the work is to develop a device to help patients gain more control over IBD, which can be unpredictable.