Ashok Prasad is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. His research centers on developing quantitative and predictive models for molecular and cellular biology by using tools and methods from the engineering and physical sciences, in particular chemical kinetics and statistical mechanics.
His current projects focus on tissue engineering, systems biology for biofuel development, systems biology of cancer and the immune system, and theoretical quantitative biology and biophysics. Prasad did his postdoctoral work at MIT, where he worked on building computational models for understanding t-cell behavior and development.
Prasad earned his Ph.D. in theoretical soft condensed matter physics from Brandeis University in 2006. Prior to earning his Ph.D., he was a professor of economics at the University of Delhi.