Professor, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, University of Maryland
Govind Rao is Professor of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He obtained his Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1984. His Ph.D. degree was obtained from Drexel University in Chemical Engineering in 1987. He has been a faculty member at UMBC since 1987 and has served as Department Chair from 2000-2006. In 2006, he founded the Center for Advanced Sensor Technology (CAST) and has been serving as its Director since its inception.
Dr. Rao's research is targeted towards disruptive innovation, where the goal is to create paradigm shifts in the state-of-the-art. He has focused on applications of fluorescence spectroscopy to create novel low-cost sensors for bioprocess, biomedical and environmental applications. His lab has developed next-generation sensors for low-cost non-invasive monitoring of oxygen, pH and pCO2 in bioreactors. In addition, novel sensors for glucose and glutamine have been developed. These sensors have led to a paradigm shift in bioprocess technology, as they collectively enable high throughput bioprocessing and are ideal for single use. Recently, the Rao lab has developed non-invasive sensor technology for neonatal monitoring. The current focus in the CAST is a major effort to develop next generation bio-manufacturing technology and is aimed at producing protein-based therapeutics at the point-of-care. A major effort at CAST is the application of sensor technology to reduce healthcare costs and close disparity gaps by making innovative low-cost devices for use in low-resource settings. As part of this strategy, technology transfer and partnerships have been set up with entities in low-resource settings. He has published over 160 papers in professional journals. His funding has come from several diverse sources including NSF, NIH, JDRF, DARPA, FDA, ONR and from several companies.