Govind Kaigala  Govind Kaigala photo       

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Research Staff Member
IBM Research Laboratory - Zurich, Rueschlikon, Switzerland



Govind Kaigala is currently a Research Staff Member in the Science & Technology department of IBM Research-Zurich. His activities are aligned within Precision Diagnostics where he leads activities 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 led to new methods for tissue & cell molecular analysis that leverage the unique physics and chemistry at the micrometer length-scales as applied to biological surfaces.

New molecular methods: micro-immunohistochemistry (μIHC) and micro-fluorescent in situ hybridization (μFISH).

Research interests: He is interested in applying and leveraging micro/nano-technologies to realize new tools and assays for chemical & biomolecule analysis. These topics also encompass certain aspects of Nano-biotechnology. He is passionate about personalized medicine, quantitative biology and translational clinical/medical research.

| microfluidics & lab-on-a-chip | scanning probes | biological interfaces | molecular diagnostics |
| personalized medicine |

He has authored and co-authored 39 journal publications, 50+ conference proceedings/abstract, and 20+ patents.

He is the recipient of several IBM awards, including the 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, - Swiss National Science Foundation.

Selected current projects as PI:
EU ERC Project -- BioProbe 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.