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Govind Kaigala
Research Staff Member
IBM Research Laboratory - Zurich, Rueschlikon, Switzerland
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Govind Kaigala joined IBM Research - Zurich in 2010 where he currently is a Research Staff Member in the Advanced Micro Integration group and the focus area of Experimental Biosciences. He leads efforts on a scanning probe technology – microfluidic probe (MFP) –  and is championing new concepts and thinking on:

--> microfluidics in the “open” space

--> tissue microprocessing

These ideas have resulted in developing new methods for tissue analysis such as micro-immunohistochemistry (uIHC).

His research interests is applying and leveraging micro/nano-technologies to realize new tools and assays for chemical & biomolecule analysis applied to select problems in biology and medicine. These topics also encompass aspects of Nanobiotechnology. He is passionate about precision biology, personalized medicine and translational clinical/medical research.

He has authored and co-authored 30+ publications, 50 conference proceedings/abstract, and several patents.

He is the recipient of the IBM Research Division Accomplishment Award (2014), Horizon Alumni Award from the University of Alberta, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada's (NSERC) PGS & PDF, a J.N. Tata Endowment Fellow and is a Senior Member of IEEE.

In addition to IBM, his work is supported by the European Research Council (ERC), the European Union, SystemsX.ch - Swiss National Science Foundation.

EU ERC Project -- BioProbe

SystemsX.ch Project -- ufluidx

EU ITN Project -- Virtual Vials

Prior to joining IBM: He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Microfluidics Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University and at the Stanford Medical School, USA. He received both his Ph.D and M.Eng from the University of Alberta, Canada for work done in the Depts. of Electrical Engineering and Experimental Oncology (Cross Cancer Institute). Prior to his doctoral studies, he was as a hardware design engineer working on the design of fault tolerant optical communication networks.