Dr. Prashant Nagpal received his B.S. from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2004, and earned his Ph.D. from University of Minnesota in 2009. After working for 2.5 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a post-doctoral scholar, he joined the University of Colorado Boulder in August 2012, as an Assistant Professor.
Prashant leads an interdisciplinary research group working in the new emerging discipline of Quantum Biology and Quantum Chemistry. His group is developing new spectroscopic techniques and tools for molecular spectroscopy and medical diagnostics, and quantum-confined nanomaterials for applications ranging from precision medicine to new artificial living nano-biohybrid organisms (or nanorgs) that can power renewable solar-powered biorefineries.
His research has been published in journals such as Science, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters and Nano Letters, he has filed several patents based on his work some of which have been licensed, given 50 invited talks, and has received numerous awards and honors including the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award, W.M. Keck Foundation’s Research Award, Emerging Leader in Biological Engineering by Springer-Nature, Dean’s Faculty Fellowship, and New Inventor of the Year by University of Colorado. Prashant co-founded a company PRAAN Biosciences in 2014, and a worldwide consortium Antimicrobial Regeneration Consortium (ARC) in 2018. His work has been highlighted in several national and international print and media outlets, and was recently featured in ABC Evening News, France 24, Huffington Post, Popular Mechanics, Daily Mail, The Statesman and KGNU’s Science show “How on Earth”.