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.


Novel technique for sleep apnea monitoring 2015 - Conference Paper
RF powered sleep apnea monitoring system 2015 - Conference Paper
Zinc oxide nanostructures as electrochemical biosensors on flexible substrates 2015 - Conference Paper
Portable nanoporous electrical biosensor for ultrasensitive detection of Troponin-T 2015 - Journal Article
Analysis of nanotextured ZnO surfaces for biosensing applications 2014 - Conference Paper
Antibody-Conjugated Gold Nanoparticle-Based Immunosensor for Ultra-Sensitive Detection of Troponin-T 2014 - Journal Article
Cellular level classification of breast cancer through proteomic markers using nanochannel array sensors 2014 - Journal Article
Design of nano webs for hybrid sensor devices 2014 - Conference Paper
Electro-kinetically assisted liposomal drug delivery system for characterization of ex-vivo cell-drug interactions 2014 - Conference Paper
Nanochannel electrical immunosensor for cancer stem cell proteomic biomarker based classification of breast cancer 2014 - Conference Paper

News Articles

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
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.