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Faculty Profile

Prasad S Dhurjati


Joint Professor, Mathematical Sciences

We regret to announce that Dr. Dhurjati passed away unexpectedly in July 2020.


  • Doctorate – 1982 Purdue University
  • Bachelors – 1977 Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

About Prasad Dhurjati

Prasad Dhurjati is a Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering with joint appointments in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware. His research specialization is in Biotechnology, Artificial Intelligence, Systems Biology and Systems Medicine. After obtaining a Ph. D in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 1982, joined the faculty of the University of Delaware. He is the author of over 125 research publications in leading journals with a total of over 3100 citations, a Hirsch index of 31 and an i10 index of 56. In 1986, he was awarded the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award by President Ronald Reagan. He has mentored twenty Doctoral and Masters students, twenty postdoctoral associates and over a hundred undergraduate research theses. His students have been very successful in industry (Merck, Bayer, Pfizer, Dow, Abbot, DuPont, Gore, etc.) and in academia (Johns Hopkins, University of Glasgow, etc.). In 1988-89, he was a visiting scientist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Lyon, France, VNIT, Nagpur, India and University of Toronto, Canada. In 2004, he was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He served as President of the Faculty Senate of the University of Delaware for the academic year 2016-2017.

Select Publications 

For a complete listing of publications, please view the Full CV.

  1. Dhurjati, P., D. Ramkrishna, M. C. Flickinger and G. T. Tsao, “A Cybernetic View of Microbial Growth: Modeling of Cells as Optimal Strategists”, Biotechnology and Bioengineering 27, 1, (1985)
  2. Petti, T. F., J. Klein and P. Dhurjati, “The Diagnostic Model Processor – Using Deep Knowledge for Process Fault Diagnosis”, AIChE Journal 36 (4), 565, (1990)
  3. Van Dyk, Tina K., W. R. Majarian, K. B. Konstantinov, R. M. Young, P. Dhurjati and R. LaRossa, “Rapid and sensitive pollutant detection by induction of heat shock gene-bioluminescence gene fusions”, Applied and Environmental Microbiology 60 (5), 1414, (1994)
  4. Chen Z.C, Nora C. Beck-Tan, P. Dhurjati, T. K. van Dyk, R. A. LaRossa, S. L. Cooper, “Quaternary Ammonium Functionalized Poly (propylene imine) Dendrimers as Effective Antimicrobials: Structure-Activity Studies”, Biomacromolecules 1, 473-480, (2000)
  5. P. Dhurjati and R. Mahadevan, “Systems Biology: The synergistic interplay between biology and mathematics”, Invited Lead Review article, Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering 86, 127-141, (2008)
  6. Colin Heberling, Prasad Dhurjati and Myron Sasser, “Hypothesis for a systems connectivity model of autism spectral disorder pathogenesis: Link to gut bacteria, oxidative stress and intestinal permeability”, Medical Hypotheses 80, 264-270, (2013)
  7. Sean G. Mack, Daniel J. Cook, Prasad Dhurjati, Matthew E. R. Butchbach, “Systems Biology Investigation of cAMP Modulation to increase SMN levels for the Treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy”, PLOS One 9(12), (2014)
  8. Bronson Weston, Benjamin Fogal, Daniel Cook, Prasad Dhurjati, “An agent-based modeling framework for evaluating hypotheses on risks for developing autism: Effects of the gut microbial environment”, Medical Hypotheses (2015)
  9. A. Lisberg, R. Ellis, K. Nicholson, P. Moku, A. Swarup, P. Dhurjati, A. Nohe, “Mathematical Modeling of the Effects of CK2.3 on Mineralization in Osteoporotic Bone”, CPT Pharmacometrics & Systems Pharmacology 6, 208, (2017)
  10. J. Caccavle, D. Fiumara, M. Stapf, L. Sweitzer, H.J. Anderson, J. Gorky, P. Dhurjati and D.S. Galileo, “A simple and accurate rule-based modeling framework for simulation of autocrine/paracrine stimulation of glioblastoma cell motility and proliferation by L1CAM in 2-D culture”, BMC Systems Biology 11: 124, (2017)

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For a complete listing of awards, please view the Full CV.

  1. NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award: 1986 – 1991
  2. College of Engineering Special Faculty Award
  3. Elected Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering

Research Areas

Systems Medicine and Systems Biology, Autism, BioProcess Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, On-Line Process Fault Diagnosis, Modeling and Simulation of Engineering, Biological and Medical Systems 

Office: 267 CLB
Phone: 302-831-2879

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