Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Associate Professor Ashok Prasad, Chemical & Biological Engineering

Ashok Prasad

Associate Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering

Dr. Ashok Prasad joined the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department as an Assistant Professor in Spring 2009.

Dr. Prasad’s undergraduate degree (a B.Sc.(Hons) in Physics) was from St. Stephens College, Delhi University in 1985. He then moved to studying Economics and earned a MA from the Delhi School of Economics, in 1987. He taught economics in Khalsa (E) College of Delhi University till 2001. However, his love for physics inspired him to join Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) in 2001 for a Ph.D.

At Brandeis he worked with Professor Jane’ Kondev on biologically inspired problems in soft matter. After graduating in 2006 he joined the computational immunology group of Prof. Arup Chakraborty at MIT as a postdoc, where he worked on thymocyte selection and T cell activation till he joined CSU in 2009.

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Research Interests

Dr. Prasad’s research interests lie at the interface of biology with physics and engineering. His group is currently studying

  1. mammalian cell shape and cytoskeletal dynamics in health and disease; 
  2. computational analysis of photosynthetic microbial metabolism;
  3. systems biology modeling of information processing by the plant hormone network and by signaling circuits more generally;
  4. stochastic processes in cell biology and neuroscience;
  5. the non-linear and non-equilibrium dynamics of brain EEG’s.


  • Ph.D. 2006, Brandeis University – Physics
  • M.S. 2004, Brandeis University – Physics
  • M.A. 1988, University of Delhi – Economics
  • B.Sc. 1985, University of Delhi – Physics

Other appointments

  • School of Biomedical Engineering

  • Department of Chemistry

  • Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Neuroscience