About PI

We are a research team based at IBM Research – Zurich with focus on bio-analytical methods for personalized medicine.

Dr. Govind Kaigala is currently a research staff member and PI at the Research Laboratory of IBM in Zurich. Previously, he was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the microfluidics laboratory in Mechanical Engineering and Urology at Stanford University, USA. Dr. Kaigala received his Ph.D (Electrical Engineering and Oncology) and M.Eng from the University of Alberta, Canada, and B.Eng from the University of Mumbai, India.

He is championing new concepts and thinking on:
♦ open-space microfluidics
♦ tissue microprocessing

His work has led to new ways to interact with tissue & cellular constructs, and resulted in a distinct class of molecular methods
♦ micro-immunohistochemistry (μIHC)
♦ micro-fluorescent in situ hybridization (μFISH)
♦ spatialyse

These molecular methods leverage the unique physics of fluidics and chemistry at the micrometer length scales. Such compartmentalization, spatio-temporal analysis, and electrokinetic concentration/separation methodologies are now being applied to query tumor heterogeneity, to alter cellular microenvironments, and to perform efficient bio-patterning.

microfluidics  ♦  lab-on-a-chip  ♦  scanning probes  ♦  biological interfaces  ♦ nanobiotechnology  ♦  molecular diagnostics  ♦  personalized medicine

Research interests

He applies and leverages micro/nano-technologies for chemical & biomolecule analysis to realize new analytical tools and assays. These topics encompass certain aspects of nano-biotechnology.

His interests in microfluidic approaches include:

♦ Hydrodynamics
♦ Eletrokinetics
♦ Compartmentalization

He is passionate about personalized medicine and quantitative biology and applying these ideas to translational clinical/medical research.

Selected metrics

He has authored and co-authored 60 peer-reviewed journal publications, 4 book chapters, 1 book (edited), 90 conference proceedings and abstracts and 42 patent families.

Govind Kaigala is the recipient of several IBM awards, including Research Division Accomplishment Awards (2014 & 2017) and named “Master Inventor” in 2018. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2020. He has also received the Horizon Alumni Award from the University of Alberta, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) PGS & PDF. He is a J.N. Tata Endowment Fellow and a Senior Member of IEEE.In addition to IBM and other industrial engagements, Govind’s work is supported by the European Research Council (ERC), the European Union, and SystemsX.ch Swiss National Science Foundation.

Prior to joining IBM Research – Zurich

Govind Kaigala 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. degrees 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 a hardware design engineer working on the design of fault-tolerant optical communication networks.

Professional membership

  • American Chemical Society ( ACS)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers ( IEEE)
  • Swiss Chemical Society
  • Royal Society of Chemistry