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Katsuo Kurabayashi

Katsuo Kurabayashi

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Professor Emeritus, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


2658 GGB
2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: (734) 615-5211


Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 1998
M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, 1994
B.S., Precision Engineering, University of Tokyo, 1992

Research Interests

Biosensors, Biomedical Microelectromechanical Systems (BioMEMS), Optofluidics, Lab on a Chip

Research Areas

Energy, Micro/Nano Engineering

Honors & Awards

  • Wise-Najafi Prize for Engineering Excellence in the Miniature World Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2018-19
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Pi Tau Sigma, April 2007
  • Visiting Professorship, Tokyo Instutute of Technology, May 2006 - August 2006
  • Early Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation, January 2001-December 2005
  • Robert Caddell Memorial Award, The University of Michigan, 2004-2005
  • Co-author of SPIE Best Student Paper Award (with Yi-Chung Tung), "Nano-Imprinted Strain-Controlled Elastomeric Gratings for Optical Wavelength Tuning with Visible Light", Optics East 2004, October 2004
  • Outstanding Paper Award, International VLSI Multilevel Interconnection Conference, 1998
  • Best Paper Award, TECHCON, Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), September 1998

Faculty Type


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Katsuo Kurabayashi named Fellow of ASME
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers has named Katsuo Kurabayashi a 2021 Fellow.

Katsuo Kurabayashi named Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
The Royal Society of Chemistry names Katsuo Kurabayashi a fellow.

Research in biomarkers published in Blood Journal
Professor Katsuo Kurabayashi and his team's work in blood biomarker diagnostics featured in Blood Journal.

ME PhD Student Yujing Song winner of 2019 Precision Health Scholars Award
Nine awards were given with grants ranging up to $80,000

Kurabayashi lab’s study using a droplet microfluidic device was published in Nature Communications
Kurabayashi group and Shanghai Jiao Tong University researchers recently discovered enzymes that produce ibuprofens with record-breaking enantiomer purity.

Chung receives 2018 IEEE MEMS Outstanding Student Paper Award
This award is conferred to the 3 best papers presented by student authors among 200 papers accepted from 800+ submitted abstracts.

Kurabayashi and Liang's research featured on cover of Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B
The authors on the paper were ME students Hongsuk Nam, Bo-Ram Oh, Mikai Chen, Sungjin Wi, and Da Li, as well as ME Professors Katsuo Kurabayashi and Xiaogan Liang

Chance Encounter Leads to Use of Life-Saving Blood Analysis Device
This device, developed by a multidisciplinary team including ME professors Fu and Kurabayashi, is a microfluidic device that uses a miniscule amount of blood – a mere microliter – to achieve test results in 20 minutes

ME Faculty Receive CoE Awards
Four ME faculty members received College of Engineering Awards in 2015. These recipients include Jun Ni, Huei Peng, Katsuo Kurabayashi, and Jianping Fu

MCubed Grant Precedes Larger NIH Award of $3 Million
A transformative diagnostic tool for rapid measurement of patient immune status, developed through a close collaboration between U-M researchers from the Medical School and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, received NIH funding this past July

Fu and Kurabayashi's research featured as cover story of Advanced Healthcare Materials
Advanced Healthcare Materials is an international, interdisciplinary forum for peer-reviewed papers on materials science aimed at promoting human health

Kim's Article Featured
The cover of the most recent Lab on a Chip features ME doctoral candidate Sung Jin Kim's paper.

Three ME Students Receive Rackham Fellowships