Prashant Mali received a bachelor’s and master’s in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, with a research focus on solid-state biosensors; and a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, with a research focus on human pluripotent stem cell engineering. During his postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Genetics at the Harvard Medical School, he pioneered the development of the CRISPR-Cas systems for eukaryotic genome engineering. For his graduate work he received the Siebel Scholar Award in 2011, and in 2014 he received the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific Interface.
Mali joined the University of California, San Diego faculty in 2014 as an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering. In 2016 he received the March of Dimes Basil O’Conner Scholar Award, the Kimmel Scholar Award and was named a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow. In 2017 he received the Young Alumnus Achiever Award from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay India.