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
His research interests is applying and leveraging micro/nano-technologies to realize new tools and assays for chemical & biomolecule analysis applied to relevant problems in biology and medicine. These topics fall within an area also termed Nanobiotechnology. He is passionate about molecular diagnostics, precision biology and translational clinical/medical research.
In addition to IBM, his work is supported by the European Research Council (ERC), the European Union, SystemsX.ch - Swiss National Science Foundation.
Previously, 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 optical systems and the design of fault tolerant communication networks.
He has authored and co-authored 30 publications, 50 conference proceedings/abstract, and several patents.
He is the recipient of the IBM Reserach Division Accomplishment Award (2014), Horizon Alumini 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.
EU ERC Project -- BioProbe
SystemsX.ch Project -- ufluidx