Koji Sode, Ph.D
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor
Dr. Sode is 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 to be applied for the development of innovative biosensing technologies dedicated to the healthcare management, and novel bioprocesses based on synthetic biology approaches. Representative achievements were about the Biomolecular Engineering of enzymes for glucose monitoring for both 2nd generation and 3rd generation electrochemical biosensing systems. Currently, Sode's lab is focusing the development of 1. Novel in situ, real-time, multi parameters biosensing systems, 2. Innovative POCT sensing systems for biomarker, 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 to be dedicated for the creation of Biomedical devices, being benefitted for the improvement of human health and quality of life.