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.
POSTDOC RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Inyoung Lee, Ph.D
My main research is the development of biosensor with a specific focus on the monitoring glucose level for diabetes management based on bioelectrochemistry. Particularly, I am interested in the development of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) sensor based on enzymatic reaction which have potential advantages as follows:
(1) Continuously monitoring glucose level for long-term period which is more than 3 month
(2) High accuracy without any error caused by interferences
(3) Micro-sized to reduce the pain
I have 2 cute dogs and really love hanging out with them!
protein engineering, bioconjugate chemistry, selecting aptamers for recognition of clinically relevant biomarkers, kinase biology, and antibody-based impedimetric sensing.
In my free time I enjoy playing piano, learning about history, nature walks, YouTube, and composing film music.