Professor and Robert A. Welch Chair in Biochemistry,University of North Texas Health Science Center,USA.
Dr. Prokai is the first Chair in Biochemistry endowed by the Houston-based Welch Foundation, one of the United States' oldest and largest private funding sources for basic research, at the UNT Health Science Center. He started his academic career as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmaceutics and the Center for Drug Discovery of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida in 1991. During his tenure there, he rose in rank to Professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, held an Affiliate Professorship at the Department of Chemistry, was a Joint Professor of the Department of Anesthesiology, Scientific Advisor of the Biotechnology Program, and Member of the McKnight Brain Institute. Dr. Prokai joined the University of North Texas Health Science Center in 2005. Dr. Prokai also is Courtesy Professor at the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Florida, and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Arlington and at the Department of Chemistry of the Texas Christian University. He has been invited to be one of the "SuperProfessors" on Faculty Row, which is now a now the leading network of experts for academics globally. 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, bioorganic and medicinal chemistry of central nervous system agents, as well as on neuropeptides, proteomics and mass spectrometry. Dr. Prokai has been an invited speaker on numerous national and international scientific meetings, received a Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae Visiting Professorship at the Department of Medical Chemistry, University of Szeged (Hungary) in 2002, and has been an active collaborator with pharmaceutical and chemical companies. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of numerous scientific journals including Current Medicinal Chemistry, Central Nervous System Agents in Medicinal Chemistry, Current Drug Delivery, Medicinal Chemistry Reviews-Online, Medicinal Chemistry, Journal of Data Mining in Genomics & Proteomics, and the Journal of Integrated Omics.
Novel therapies against neurodegenerative and ophthalmic diseases using site-selective prodrugs,Development and use of proteomics in aging research, studying neurodegenerative diseases and cancer, with especial attention to quantitative expression profiling and oxidative stress-associated posttranslational modifications,Discovering new therapeutic agents based on neuropeptides and peptidomimetics as lead molecules,