Ashok Mulchandani

Ashok Mulchandani Ph.D.

W. Ruel Johnson Chair in Environmental Engineering 

Chair, Materials Science & Engineering

Distinguished Professor, Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1985

Research Areas

Biotechnology and Biomolecular Engineering

Contact Information

Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering

Dr. Ashok Mulchandani obtained his B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, Nagpurin 1976 and M. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Powai in 1978. After working at Vulcan-Laval, Pune from 1978 to 1980, he joined McGill University, Montreal, Canada for Ph.D. and graduated in 1985. From 1985 to 1987 he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Chemical Engineering Department at Laval University, Canada and from 1987 to 1990 as a Research Associate at the Biotechnology Research Institute at Montreal, Canada. In 1990 he joined the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada and then moved to the University of California, Riverside in 1991 as the founding faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering and pioneer faculty of Bourns College of Engineering. From 2000 to 2004 he was the Chair of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering.

From 2003 to 2015 Prof. Mulchandani was the Editor-in-Chief of the Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. He is presently an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Chemistry and member of editorial boards of several journals. He has received several honors and awards including Research Initiation Award from the national Science Foundation and Faculty Participation Award from the Department of Energy. He has delivered several Plenary and Keynote lectures at National and International conferences and Gordon Conference.

Prof. Mulchandani’s research efforts are primarily aimed at developing innovative technologies for improving human health and the quality of life.  One may summarize his work by "Better Science, Better Health, Better Life." He applies the tools of biotechnology and nanotechnology for the creation of novel and very effective (bio)analytical devices, (bio)remediation techniques and (bio)energy generation technologies to help enhance the quality of life.  In biosensors, a field in which he is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader, he works on development of very effective (bio)sensors for fast, highly sensitive, selective and point-of-use/care detection of biomarkers for the early detection of debilitating diseases such as cancer, psycho-social stress, myocardial infarction, etc.; assessment of personal/individual exposure to toxic industrial chemicals for health care and security; monitoring of viruses, toxins, and bacteria for healthcare and water and food safety; and explosives, bio-warfare and chemical warfare agents for homeland security.  Aside from biosensors, he is also recognized for his world class research program in development of “green engineering” techniques for heavy metal removal from water and soil, and the degradation of chemical warfare agents, pesticides and recalcitrant chemicals and highly efficient and low cost methods for separation and purification of biomolecules such as antibodies, enzymes, nucleic acids etc., for therapeutics. These research activities have received ~ $16 million grants over the past twenty years from intensively competitive programs of NIH, NSF, USDA, EPA, DARPA and Department of Justice. 

Prof. Mulchandani has published more than 270 peer-reviewed articles in peer-reviewed premier journals, 13 book chapters, a dozen conference proceedings articles and over 260 conference abstracts. He has co-edited four textbooks that include very popular Enzyme and Microbial Biosensors: Protocols and Techniques and Affinity Biosensors: Protocol and Techniques.

Prof. Mulchandani has mentored 30 Ph.D., 10 M.S., 40 Postdoctoral Fellows, 21 international visiting researchers and a large number of undergraduate researchers. His students/postdocs/visiting researchers are working in academia, industry and government laboratories.

Ashok Mulchdani's research interests include nanobiotechnology, environmental biotechnology, biosensors and bioengineering.


2008- Elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

2003- Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

2003- Editor-in-Chief, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

2006- Editorial Board, Open Access Journal of Biotechnology

2007- Editorial Board, Recent Patents in Biotechnology

2007- Editorial Board, Journal of Bionanoscience

1995 – 2000 Editorial Board, Molecular Biotechnology

2007 Subba Rau Lecturer, National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, India, Jan. 2007

2007 Plenary Speaker, International Conference on Microwaves and Optoelectronics, Aurangabad, India, Dec. 2007

2006 Plenary Speaker, Workshop on Bioprocess Monitoring, Hyderabad, India, Dec. 2006

2003 Plenary Speaker, International Workshop on Biosensors, Mysore, India, August 2003

2005 Plenary Speaker, 2nd International Symposium on Pesticides and Environmental Safety, Beijing, China, September 14-17, 2005

2005 Keynote Speaker, 3rd International Symposium on Sensors Sciences, Germany, July 17-20, 2005

2006 Keynote Speaker, Gordon Conference on Bioelectrochemistry, Aussios, France, Sept. 5-9, 2006

2007 Keynote Speaker, New Horizons in Biotechnology, Trivandrum, India, Nov. 2007

2007 Keynote Speaker, International Conference on nanotechnology for forest product industry, Knoxville, TN, Jun. 2007

1998 Keynote Speaker, 48th Canadian Chemical Engineering Society, London, Ontario, October 4-7, 1998.

2002 Keynote Paper, 7th World Congress on Biosensors, Kyoto, Japan, May, 2002

2008 Keynote Paper, 10th World Congress on Biosensors, Shanghai, China, May 2008

1999 - 2000 Faculty Research Participation Award, Department of Energy

1993 - 1996 Research Initiation Award, National Science Foundation

2003 & 2004 Nominated for UCR Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentor Award by my students

1999 - 2000 Faculty Research Participation Award, Department of Energy

1993 - 1996 Research Initiation Award, National Science Foundation

1993 UCR Regents Faculty Fellowship