It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of Prasad Dhurjati, PhD. Dr. Dhurjati has been a friend and Scientific Advisor to the Documenting Hope Project since 2016. Dr. Dhujati worked with us during the early stages of study design for the CHIRP Study and was keen on collaborating further with regard to analysis of CHIRP data. Beyond his interest in supporting our research as a scientist, Dr. Dhurjati also worked to support our fundraising and project development efforts, opening his network of contacts and colleagues to identify others who could help.
Dr. Dhurjati served as Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering with joint appointments in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware. He specialized in Biotechnology, Artificial Intelligence, Systems Biology and Systems Medicine. He authored over 125 research publications in leading journals with a total of over 3100 citations. In 1986, he was awarded the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award by President Ronald Reagan.
From our experience in working with Dr. Dhujati, he seemed most proud of his work as a teacher and mentor for young scientists. He mentored twenty Doctoral and Masters students, twenty postdoctoral associates and over a hundred undergraduate research theses. In our collaborations and conversations he always looked for ways to involve his undergrad students, as he knew that these are the kinds of opportunities that can really inspire and motivate young scientists.
We will miss his great sense of humor, his quick wit, his collegial disposition, and his enthusiasm for using data sciences to meaningfully impact the future of our children.
We send our deepest sympathies to Dr. Dhurjati’s family, closest friends and colleagues.
Rest in peace, Prasad. We are grateful for your contributions, and we were blessed to know you.
Executive Director, Epidemic Answers and the Documenting Hope Project