Bellur S. Prabhakar, PhD
Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Associate Dean for Technological Innovation and Training, COM
Dr. Bellur S. Prabhakar obtained his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He continued his studies at the Wistar Institute, while he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. After completing his post-doctoral fellowship, he joined the National Institutes of Health NIH as a staff-fellow and after 3 years he was promoted to Senior Staff Fellow. In recognition of his many contributions, he was promoted to Senior Investigator with tenure after only 6 years of service at the NIH. While at NIH he received several recognitions including the Director’s Merit Award.
In 1990, he joined the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston as an Associate professor with tenure, and within 6 months after that he was promoted to full-Professor. In 1997, he was recruited as Professor and Head of the department of microbiology and Immunology in the college of medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Prabhakar was appointed as the Associate Dean for Research and Triaining Programs earlier this year.
Dr. Prabhakar has published nearly 200 papers and highly reputable peer reviewed journals and has been an invited speaker at many scientific conferences here and abroad. He has trained a very large number of PhD, and MD/PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and clinician scientists who have populated research laboratories in USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia. He has active research and education collaborations in India and Italy.
He has provided outstanding leadership not only to his department but also to the University. His leadership abilities are recognized at the national level through his election to the Executive Committee of the American Association of Microbiology and Immunology Chairs. He has served as a member of the National Caucus of Basic Biomedical Science Chairs. He has served/serves on a number of scientific and advisory committees.