Kuniharu Takei received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan in 2009. During his Ph.D. studies, he was a research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. His Ph.D. research focused on CMOS and MEMS integration for neural electronic interfaces such as spike signal recording and drug deliveries. After pursuing Ph.D., he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley from 2009 to 2013.

His research interests at Berkeley include nanomaterial integration for high-performance electronics on various user-defined substrates. He then joined the faculty of Osaka Prefecture University in Japan where he is currently an assistant professor. He is also a visiting scientist at the University of Tokyo. His work focuses on the development of human-interactive flexible devices including a smart bandaid.

He has received some awards, including Netexplorateur of the Year Award (2011) and Technology Review TR35 (top 35 innovators under 35) (2013).