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​PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

​Koji Sode, Ph.D

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor

Dr. Sode is a Distinguished Professor in the UNC/NCSU joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. He also serves as the Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Global Innovation Research, and at the Department of Biotechnology and Life Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan. Dr. Sode is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

He holds more than 40 issued US patents (and over 100 foreign patents) that are licensed, co-assigned, or assigned to companies which include suppliers of blood glucose monitoring products in the world. He is the founder of the Ultizyme International Ltd. (2003). He has published over 320 peer reviewed research articles and serves as Editor for Biosensors and Bioelectronics and as Congress Committee of The World Congress of Biosensors. His current research interests are 1) Biomolecular engineering toward the application for biodevice development and novel bioprocess design, 2) Biodevice development including biosensors, 3) Synthetic biology to creating novel biocatalyst/microorganisms to realize novel biosensing and bioprocesses.

The strategic research concept of Dr.Sode' s research lab is to discover, design, and create novel molecules based on biomolecular engineering and novel bioprocesses based on synthetic biology approaches to develop innovative biosensing technologies dedicated to healthcare management. Representative achievements in the lab are the biomolecular engineering of enzymes for glucose monitoring for both 2nd generation and 3rd generation electrochemical biosensing systems. Currently, Sode's lab is focused on the development of 1. Novel in situ, real-time, multi-parameters biosensing systems, 2. Innovative POCT sensing systems for biomarker detection, 3. Novel biosensing systems for mental health care and for diabetes care, and ultimately 4. Autonomous biosensing actuators realizing smart drug delivery systems. These research topics are all based on the original and unique concept to create biomolecules dedicated solely for the creation of biomedical devices that improve the quality of life and of human health.

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​POSTDOC RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Mika Hatada, Ph.D

Current research

Biosensor, Protein engineering

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RESEARCH SPECIALIST

Madoka Nagata

Current research

I am aiming to develop continuous monitoring of therapeutic monoclonal antibody using aptamer, which is a single strand DNA and can bind to target molecule specifically.

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GRADUATE STUDENT

Ellie Wilson

Current research

Enzyme engineering, biosensors

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GRADUATE STUDENT

Joe Kerrigan

Current research

Protein engineering, biosensors

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GRADUATE STUDENT

Bryant Kane

Current research

Enzyme engineering, biosensors

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GRADUATE STUDENT

Thy Le

Current research

Enzyme engineering, biosensors

 
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GRADUATE STUDENT

Mukund

Current research

Enzyme engineering, biosensors

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GRADUATE STUDENT

David Probst

Current research

Biosensors

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​UNDERGRAUATE

Truc Tran

Current research

Enzyme engineering, biosensors

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GRADUATE STUDENT

Kartheek Batchu

Current research

Enzyme engineering, biosensors

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UNDERGRADUATE

Allie Boyer

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​UNDERGRAUATE

Madelyn Andrew

 
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UNDERGRADUATE

Luke Shehee

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UNDERGRADUATE

Varun Kochar

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UNDERGRADUATE

Corrine Drabenstott

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​UNDERGRAUATE

Aimee Pack

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UNDERGRADUATE

Elijah Walton

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​UNDERGRAUATE

Varsha Venkatapathy

 
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VISITING SCHOLAR

Dr. Moon Il Kim

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GRADUATE STUDENT

Miho Oda

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GRADUATE STUDENT

Saman Taufiq

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GRADUATE STUDENT

Mai Hamasaki

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GRADUATE STUDENT

Misae Nazuka