Laszlo Prokai, PhD, DSc

Laszlo Prokai, PhD,

Professor - Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Research interests:Drug discovery, medicinal chemistry, biomedical mass spectrometry, neurobiochemistry, chemical biology, proteomics, metabolomics, neuroscience

Dr. Laszlo Prokai is the UNT Health Science Center’s first Chair in Biochemistry endowed by the Houston-based Welch Foundation, one of the United States' oldest and largest private funding sources for chemical research. His academic career began as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics and the Center for Drug Discovery of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida. During his tenure there, he rose to the rank of Professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, held an Affiliate Professorship at the Department of Chemistry, and was a Joint Professor of the Department of Anesthesiology, a Scientific Adviser of the Biotechnology Program, and a member of the McKnight Brain Institute. Dr. Prokai has maintained an actively funded research program supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is recognized nationally and internationally for his work on discovery, medicinal chemistry and chemical biology of central nervous system agents, the chemical biology of neuropeptides and proteomics, as well as mass spectrometry. He also serves as Courtesy Professor in the Departments of Medicinal Chemistry and Anesthesiology at the University of Florida. In addition, he serves as Adjunct Professor in both the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington and in the Department of Chemistry at Texas Christian University. In 2002, Dr. Prokai was the recipient of a Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae Visiting Professorship at the Department of Medical Chemistry, University of Szeged, Hungary.
Academic:Doctor of Philosophy, Radiochemistry, University of Veszprem, Hungary Master of Science, Chemistry, University of Veszprem Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, University of Veszprem

Honors:2010 – Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Doctor Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, D. Sc.), Hungarian Academy of Sciences Member, Editorial Board, Current Drug Delivery Member, Editorial Board, Current Medicinal Chemistry Member, Editorial Board, Current Metabolomics Member, Editorial Board, Central Nervous System Agents in Medicinal Chemistry Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Data Mining in Genomics & Proteomics Associate Editor, Journal of Integrated Omics Member, Editorial Board, Letters in Drug Design & Discovery Member, Editorial Board, Medicinal Chemistry