Vitaly J. Vodyanoy, , MS, PhD

Professor, Physiology & Director of the Biosensory Laboratory

Vitaly J. Vodyanoy,  Photo


Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology

Auburn University
College of Veterinary Medicine
1130 Wire Road
Auburn, AL 36849


Biosensor Laboratory



MS, 1964, Moscow Physical Engineering Institute, USSR Physics
PhD, 1973, Agrophysical Research Institute, Leningrad, USSR Biophysics

Professional Experience


1993-present Professor of Physiology, Auburn University
1993-present Director of Biosensor Laboratory, Auburn University
2014-present Professor (Joint appointment), Edward VIA College of Osteopathic Medicine, Auburn
2011-present Professor (Joint appointment), School of Kinesiology, Auburn University
1989-1993 Associate Professor of Physiology, Auburn University  
1982-1989 Research Associate, University of California, Irvine
1979-1982 Senior Research Scientist, New York University 
1972-1978 Assoc. Professor of Biophysics, A.F. Ioffe Physicotechnical University, USSR  
1965-1972 Assistant Professor of Physics, Institute of Semiconductors, USSR



Vitaly Vodyanoy was born in Kiev, Ukraine in June 2, 1941, came to USA in 1979. He is son of Jacob and Vera (Resnik) Vodyanoy. He married Galina Rubin in April 22, 1967; two children, Valerie and Anzhelika. 59 PhD and MS students who completed their work, 8 postdoctoral scholars sponsored, more than 140 refereed publications, 13 book chapters, 62 Patents, (25 US patents, 37 Foreign patents), 11 US Patents commercialized, 3 commercial products marketed; Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018; Distinguished Fellow Medal by the National Academy of Inventors Fellow, 2014; Elected to the rank of National Academy of Inventors Fellow, 2013 Named SuperProfessor by FacultyRow in 2012; Received 2000 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, 2006 R&D 100, 2007 R&D 100 Awards, 2007 Nano 50 Award, 2008 Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship Award. Excellence in Innovation. Award by the National Academy of InventorsTM, 2013; Auburn University Alumni Professor, 2007-. Auburn University Creative Research Award, 2005; Auburn University Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lecturer, 2005; Auburn University B.F. Hoerlein Research Award, 2011. Directed Federal Projects: National Science Foundation BNS 81-13761 (Planar Lipid Bimolecular Membrane); US Army Research Office DAALO3-86-G-0131; DAAL03-88-K -077; and DAAL03-90-G (Reconstitution of olfactory receptors in membranes). Federal Aviation Administration FAA -93-G-058 (Membrane Biosensor). DARPA MDA972-00-1-0011 (Molecular Switches); ARMY-DAAD05-02-C0016 (Preservation of Biological Materials; High Resolution Light Microscope); NIST 70 NANB14H324 (Metal nanoparticles).

Research Interests


Sensory Physiology, Biosensors, Olfactory Receptor Neurons, Nanoparticles

Academic Areas


Physiology, Neuroscience, High-Resolution Microscopy

Key Words


primo vascular, microscopy, receptors, biosensors, cell membranes, molecular recognition, olfaction, nanoparticles

Publications and Links


NCBI: Dr. Vodyanoy
ResearchGate: Dr. Vodyanoy
Biosensor Laboratory