Dr. Ray is an Associate Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore. He received his M.S. degree in physics from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and Ph.D. degree in spectroscopy from the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India. Prior to joining at the University of Maryland, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Yale University focusing his research in the area of single molecule imaging spectroscopy. He was a visiting scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science where he worked on electron transmission through organized organic thin films. Currently Dr Ray is a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Bioanalysis and Biomedicine and ISRN Nanotechnology. He served as co-conference chair for the Plasmonics in Biology and Medicine of the SPIE Photonics West. He is a permanent member of the program committee of the SPIE meeting. Dr. Ray received NIH Career Award for his research on single molecule studies of HIV envelope properties. He reviews manuscripts for many international journals including several ACS and RSC journals on a regular basis. He review grants for different national and international agencies. Dr Ray serves as an ad hoc reviewer for the National Institutes of Health study panels.
Single molecule imaging spectroscopy, Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, Metal enhance fluorescence, Surface plasmon coupled emission, Plasmon-controlled fluorescence, Radiative decay engineering, Fluorescence spectroscopy, Chemically amplified photoresists, Langmuir-Blodgett films, Layer-by-layer assembly, Nanotechnology, Plasmonic Nanostructures, Application of single molecule spectroscopy in biomedical research, Viral nucleic acid packaging, Single molecule studies of HIV proteins.
Dr. Ray has successfully obtained NIH funding, published about 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts in excellent and outstanding journals (H index = 18), filed three US patent applications, developed a successful program to provide spectroscopy expertise on campus, and developed new and novel technologies. Three research contributions are of particular importance:
Dr. Ray also has a second major role as Associate Director of the Center for Fluorescence Spectroscopy. In this role he manages the high-end instrumentation obtained from NIH instrument grant applications, trains and mentors investigators and their staff in the application of this technology, teaches individuals how to use the instrumentation, and provides intellectual leadership regarding application of these technologies to biological problems. This is a highly collaborative effort where he assists a large number of faculty members in utilizing this technology.
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