Prabhakar Pradhan


Prabhakar Pradhan

Associate Professor, AMO Physics

330A/B Hilbun Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Dr. Prabhakar Pradhan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Mississippi State University.

Graduate Students

Teaching Areas

  • PH 8313 Electromagnetic Theory I
  • PH 8323 Electromagnetic Theory II


  • Ph. D., Physics, Indian Institute of Science, India, 1996
  • M.S., Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Bombay, and University of Poona (Pune) Joint M.S. Physics National Program, India, 1989
  • B.S. Honors, Physics, University of Calcutta, India, 1987


  • 2023-present: Associate Professor, Mississippi State University
  • 2018-2023: Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University
  • 2013-2018: Assistant Professor, University of Memphis
  • 2009-2013: Research Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
  • 2002-2008: Research Associate, Northwestern University
  • 2001-2002: Visiting Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1999-2001: Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1997-1999: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California at Los Angeles

Research Interests

  • Biophotonics and Nanophotonics


  • V. Backman, Y. Liu, Y. Kim, H. Roy, M. Goldberg, R. Brand, P. Pradhan, H. Subramanian, "Method for identifying refractive-index fluctuations of a target," 20080278713 (November 13, 2008). Click here to view

Publication Impact Google Scholar

Total number of citations 1411
Number of articles 50
h-index 18
Number of citations to most cited publication 197
Number of articles cited more than 100 times 3
Number of articles cited more than 50 times 7
i10-index 29

Recent Publications

  • S. Bhandari, P. Shukla, H. M. Almabadi, P. Sahay, R.K. Rao and P. Pradhan, “Optical study of stress hormone-induced nanoscale structural alteration in brain using partial wave spectroscopic (PWS) microscopy,” Journal of Biophotonics (2018)
  • S. Bhandari, S. Choudannavar, E. R. Avery, P. Sahay and P. Pradhan, “Detection of colon cancer stages via fractal dimension analysis of optical transmission imaging of tissue microarrays (TMA).” Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express 4(6), 065020 (2018).
  • H. M. Almabadi, P. Nagesh, P. Sahay, S. Bhandari, E. C. Eckstein, M. Jaggi, S. C. Chauhan, M Yallapu and P Pradhan, “Optical study of chemotherapy efficiency in cancer treatment via intracellular structural disorder analysis using partial wave spectroscopy,” Journal of Biophotonics (2018): e201800056.
  • P. Sahay, A. Ganju, H. M. Almabadi, H.M. Ghimire, M. M. Yallapu, O. Skalli, M. Jaggi, S.C. Chauhan, and P. Pradhan, “Quantification of photonic localization properties of targeted nuclear mass density variations: application in cancer stage detection.” Journal of Biophotonics, (2017): e201700257.
  • P. Sahay, H. M. Almabadi, H.M. Ghimire, O. Skalli, and P. Pradhan,"Light localization properties of weakly disordered optical media using confocal microscopy: application to cancer detection," Optics Express 13, 15428-15440 (2017).

Honors/Professional Activities

  • 2006-present: Ultra-early cancer detection methods
  • 1994, 1996: Visiting Fellowships, International Center for Theoretical Physics, Italy
  • 1993-1996: Senior Research Fellowship
  • 1991-1993: Junior Research Fellowship
  • 1987-1989: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) Fellowship for the Joint M.S. Physics National Program