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Olukayode A Karunwi

Assistant Professor in Physics, Coordinator of the Pre-Engineering Degree Program
Academic Background
B.Sc. in Physics from Illinois Wesleyan University
M.Sc. in Physics from Clark Atlanta University
M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Clemson University
Phone Number:
(864) 231-5572
Olukayode A Karunwi

What classes do you teach at Anderson?

PHY 151, 201, 153 and 203

What year did you start teaching at AU?


Why teach at AU?

I fell in love with the environment and students and the opportunity to work with students on developing their faith alongside their academic trajectories.


Playing the piano, reading.

Places you've lived

Nigeria, England, Scotland, various states in the U.S., Ecuador

What do you find most enjoyable about working at AU?

So far everyone has been super helpful and made themselves available to assist me in succeeding.

What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.

Physics gives you a fundamental understanding of how things work around us and bioengineering finds ways to take fundamental knowledge in solving bio-based problems.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

Open, exciting, engaging and development of critical thinking.


C. N. Kotanen, O. Karunwi, F. Alam, A. Guiseppi-Elie. “Fabrication and in vitro performance of a dual responsive lactate and glucose biosensor” Electrochimica Acta. 267, 71-79 (2018) [] O. Karunwi, C. Baldwin, G. Griesheimer, S. Sarupria, A. Guiseppi-Elie “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Peptide-SWCNT Interactions Related to Enzyme Conjugates for Biosensors and Biofuel Cells.” NanoLife 3 (4) (2013) [] O. Karunwi, A. Guiseppi-Elie “Supramolecular Glucose Oxidase-SWNT Conjugates Formed by Ultrasonication: Effect of Tube Length, Functionalization and Processing Time.” Journal of Nanobiotechnology, 11(1), 6. (2013) […] O. O. Ogunro, K. Karunwi, I. M. Khan, and Xiao-Qian Wang. “Chiral Asymmetry of Helical Polymer Nanowires” Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 1 (4), 704-707 (2010) [] J. Leach, K. Wulff, G. Sinclair, P. Jordan, J. Courtial, L. Thomson, G. Gibson, K. Karunwi, J. Cooper, Z. J. Laczik, M. Padgett “An Interactive Approach to Optical Tweezer Control” Applied Optics, 45 (5), 897-903 (2006) []