Associate Director of Research, SBME,

Associate Professor, Senior Scientist, Vancouver Prostate Center, Affiliate Member, BC Cancer Research Centre


Research Theme:

Research Interests:

microfluidics; lab-on-a-chip; liquid scanning probes; microscale assays; compartmentalization; molecular diagnostics; multi-omic tumour profiling; tumour heterogeneity; personalized medicine


Prior to joining UBC in May 2022, Dr. Govind Kaigala was at the Research laboratory of IBM in Zurich for about 11 years where he was a Scientist and a Principal Investigator leading a team of researchers in the area of Precision Diagnostics. He earned his PhD from the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Oncology in 2009 from the University of Alberta where he developed microfluidic systems for genetic analysis. He completed an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University between the Microfluidics Laboratory in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Dept. of Urology at the Stanford Medical School (VA Hospital). Dr. Kaigala has authored and co-authored 75 papers in refereed journals and co-authored a book on open-space microfluidics. He has been the co-author on over 45 families of patents and his work has influenced the design of biotech products in the industry in the field of hematology and protein analysis.