Keisuke Goda received his doctorate in Physics at MIT in Cambridge, USA, in 2007. Continuous switching between physics, chemistry, electrical engineering and bioengineering, looking at the bigger picture, and translating projects into practical uses are all hallmarks of his research work. He is currently working along the interface between photonics and microfluidics for various biomedical applications.
Goda has been a professor at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tokyo since 2012. Parallel to this, he has also been an adjunct professor at the Institute of Technological Sciences of Wuhan University in China and at the Department of Bioengineering of the University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
He has already received numerous awards, including the SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award in 2021 from the International Society for Optics and Photonics. In 2014, he was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Keisuke Goda has conducted pioneering work for several innovative methods of ultrafast optical imaging and spectroscopy and paved the way for its use on labs-on-a-chip. He played a crucial role in the development of Image-Activated Cell Sorting (IACS) which, in combination with machine intelligence, sorts and analyses cells in minute amounts of liquid on a chip at high speeds.
He established Serendipity Lab in 2019, a global network of researchers who want to bring unexpected innovations to biology and medicine on the basis of IACS using the serendipity principle. This platform has also led to collaboration with scientists in Germany. One example of this is a project Goda is planning to conduct in his capacity as a Philipp Franz von Siebold Award winner with Nicolai Siegel, professor at the Biomedical Center Munich (BMC) of LMU Munich. Close research collaboration has also brought Goda together with Humboldt Professor Jochen Guck at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light.
The Siebold Award for Keisuke Goda will help establish single-cell analysis with IACS in Munich. His research stay there will also serve to strengthen Serendipity Lab’s existing partnership with the Cell2Cell project that Siegel co-founded for junior researchers from various fields of biology, bioinformatics and single-cell analysis and additionally encourage the launch of other collaborative Japanese-German projects.
The Philipp Franz von Siebold Award
The Philipp Franz von Siebold Award honours renowned Japanese researchers from all disciplines. It is traditionally presented to the recipient by Germany’s federal president during the Humboldt Foundation’s annual meeting in Berlin. The Philipp Franz von Siebold Award was established in 1978 by Germany’s then Federal President Walter Scheel during a state visit to Japan. It is presented every year to a Japanese researcher or academic in recognition of outstanding contributions to improving a mutual understanding of culture and society in Germany and Japan. The award is valued at €50,000.