goda@chem.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp +81-3-5841-4329

Mission

At Goda Lab, our primary mission is to develop "serendipity-enabling technologies" that align with Louis Pasteur's famous quote, "Chance (serendipity) favors the prepared mind." Our focus is on developing innovative tools for molecular imaging and spectroscopy by integrating photonics, nanotechnology, microfluidics, and data science. By utilizing these tools, we aim to discover unknown phenomena, elucidate mechanisms, and explore new applications in science, industry, and medicine. We employ theoretical, experimental, and computational techniques to tackle critical problems. Additionally, we are committed to cultivating the next generation of global leaders who will shape the world in the 21st century. We foster an international and interdisciplinary research environment that values flat human relationships, and we actively seek out talented individuals from any university or company, regardless of their field of study.

What is serendipity?

Serendipity is an unplanned fortunate discovery and is a common occurrence throughout the history of scientific discovery.

Serendipity Lab

Serendipity Lab is a global network of scientists who develop serendipity-enabling technologies to revolutionize biology and medicine.

Journal Publications

Startups

Faculty Members

Awards

Keisuke Goda

Scientist, Engineer, Educator, & Entrepreneur

Keisuke Goda is currently a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tokyo, as well as an adjunct professor in the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA and the Institute of Technological Sciences at Wuhan University. He earned a B.A. degree summa cum laude in Physics from UC Berkeley in 2001 and a Ph.D. in Physics from MIT in 2007. While at MIT, he contributed to the development of quantum-enhancement techniques in the LIGO group, which received the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics for the detection of gravitational waves. In 2007, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at UCLA as a postdoctoral researcher and program manager, where he focused on laser-based ultrafast optical imaging and spectroscopy, as well as microfluidic biotechnology. In 2012, Goda joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tokyo as a professor. His research group is currently dedicated to developing "serendipity-enabling technologies" through extreme engineering. He has authored nearly 300 journal papers, filed over 30 patents, and launched four startups: CYBO, Cupido, LucasLand, and FlyWorks. Goda has received more than 30 awards and honors, including the Japan Academy Medal, JSPS Prize, SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award, and Philipp Franz von Siebold Award.

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Research

Our research group is dedicated to developing serendipity-enabling technologies through the integration of photonics, nanotechnology, microfluidics, and data science. Our goal is to use these technologies to discover unknown biological phenomena, elucidate mechanisms, and exploit a new class of biomedical applications. Although our research is rooted in physics and chemistry, we make use of theoretical, experimental, and computational techniques to tackle important problems. We operate our global initiative for the development of serendipity-enabling technologies at Serendipity Lab. Below is a non-exhaustive list of our current research programs.

Image-activated cell sorting

High-throughput image-based sorting of live cells and its application to biology and medicine

Quantum bioengineering

Studying quantum effects in biological systems and developing quantum bio-inspired technologies

Coherent Raman spectroscopy

Developing novel coherent Raman spectroscopy methods (CARS, SRS) and applications

Intelligent platelet morphometry

Studying the morphology of platelet aggregates using artificial intelligence and its medical utility

Exosome-based liquid biopsy

Developing a new approach to liquid biopsy based on cancer-related exosome detection

Wearable spectroscopy

Developing devices and applications for wearable spectroscopy

Drosophila-based drug discovery

Developing a fast, accurate, low-cost drug screening platform based on Drosophila flies

Raman flow cytometry

Label-free flow cytometry based on coherent Raman spectroscopy for microbiology and food science

Large-droplet biomicrofluidics

Single-cell biology by encapsulating cells into large droplets, sorting, and watching them

Time-stretch technology

Developing optical time-stretch spectroscopy and imaging methods and exploiting their applications

Crazy projects

Coming up with crazy ideas and testing them experimentally to potentially bring them to life

Invention-based entrepreneurship

Encouraging students and postdocs to launch startups based on their technological inventions

Members

Goda Lab comprises a team of highly motivated and talented individuals, including junior faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, research and technical assistants, administrative staff, visiting researchers, and interns. We welcome ambitious individuals from any university in any country who are passionate about scientific exploration and eager to make a significant impact on the world. If you are interested in joining Goda Lab, please go to this section.

Yasutaka Kitahama

Research Associate Professor

Hiroyuki (Harrison) Matsumura

Research Associate Professor

Tianben Ding

Assistant Professor

Yuqi (Iris) Zhou

Assistant Professor

Jorgen Walker (Wataru) Peterson

Research Assistant Professor

Fabio Lisi

Research Assistant Professor

Hiroshi Kanno

Research Assistant Professor

Ryo (Ryan) Nishiyama

Postdoctoral Researcher

Naoko Kawai

Administrative Assistant

Michiko Ushijima

Administrative Assistant

Nozomi Naito

Administrative Assistant

Momoko Yoshioka

Administrative Assistant

Tadataka Ota

Technical Assistant

Mayu Sehara

Technical Assistant

Xuke (Cohen) Tang

Ph.D. Student

Mika Hayashi

Ph.D. Student

Chenqi (Nana) Zhang

Ph.D. Student

Ryuji (Romeo) Nakao

Ph.D. Student

Natsumi (Tiffany) Ishii

Ph.D. Student

Yuhong (Yuki) Liu

Ph.D. Student

Junyu (Junichi) Chen

Ph.D. Student

Yunjie (Jacey) Deng

Ph.D. Student

Junyu (Jo) Dong

Ph.D. Student

Yaqi (Nagiko) Zhao

Ph.D. Student

Hongqian (Sophy) Zhang

Ph.D. Student

Huidong (Hayato) Wang

Ph.D. Student

Yingdong (Yohei) Luo

Ph.D. Student

Fan (Fuyuki) Li

Ph.D. Student

Jun (John) Akita

Ph.D. Student

Tsubasa (Todd) Kobayashi

Ph.D. Student

Chenglang (Chase) Hu

Ph.D. Student

Hanqing (Ryota) Wang

M.S. Student

Chuiming (Aaron) Kong

M.S. Student

Yuzuki (Emma) Nagasaka

M.S. Student

Kei (Kevin) Furuya

M.S. Student

Yusuke (Samuel) Sekine

M.S. Student

Omer Faruk Bicer

M.S. Student

Kiminari Oh

M.S. Student

Naoki Matsuoka

M.S. Student

Yumeng (Yumi) Jiang

M.S. Student

Yugo Takada

M.S. Student

Yuta Tsutsumi

M.S. Student

Jihao Huo

M.S. Student

Kaisei (Steve) Ohata

B.S. Student

Ikuo Hieda

B.S. Student

Tsubasa Suzuki

B.S. Student

Yuta Ueda

B.S. Student

Yawen (Yui) Zhang

Research Student

Hongwei Guo

Visiting Scholar

Huai-Song (Hideo) Wang

Visiting Scholar

Zhenzhou Cheng

Visiting Scholar

Cheng Lei

Visiting Scholar

Tinghui (Tim) Xiao

Visiting Scholar

Qian (Kenshin) Yu

Visiting Scholar

Haijiao (Harumi) Nan

Visiting Scholar

Tsai Ying (Takemi) Wu

Visiting Scholar

Publications

Goda Lab has created cutting-edge technologies that facilitate scientific breakthroughs in a variety of fields, including science, industry, and medicine. Below are some select journal papers that have recently been published by Goda Lab. A complete list of Goda Lab's publications (including Prof. Goda's old publications before joining the University of Tokyo) is available here and below.

Intelligent image-activated cell sorting

Data-driven analysis of thrombosis

Reinforced graphene oxide bulk material

Metal-free SERS

How to report throughput

Raman image-activated cell sorting

High-throughput droplet microfluidics

Virtual-freezing fluorescence imaging

Enhanced Raman optical activity

A guide to image-activated cell sorting

FT-CARS flow cytometry

SRS imaging flow cytometry

A guide to optofluidic cytometry

Interplay of plasmonic hot electrons

SRS imaging of Euglena gracilis

Ultrafast burst camera

Optical time-stretch spectroscopy

Awards

Goda Lab members have received numerous awards, prizes, and honors from conferences, foundations, and governments.

Mika Hayashi

Serendipity Best Poster Award, Serendipity Symposium (2024)

Yuhong Liu

Serendipity Best Poster Award, Serendipity Symposium (2024)

Junyu Dong

Serendipity Challenger Award, Serendipity Symposium (2024)

Ryo Nishiyama

Serendipity Challenger Award, Serendipity Symposium (2024)

Yunjie Deng

Serendipity Innovator Award, Serendipity Symposium (2024)

Yuta Nakagawa

Serendipity Fusion Award, Serendipity Symposium (2024)

Mika Hayashi

Hitachi High-Tech Best Presentation Award, BIOS, SPIE Photonics West (2024)

Xuke (Cohen) Tang

Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad (2023)

Keisuke Goda

Good Design Award, Japan Institute of Design Promotion (2023)

Hiroshi Kanno

Konica Minolta Hikari Mirai Award, Optical Society of Japan (2023)

Kotaro Hiramatsu

Best Paper Award, Optical Society of Japan (2023)

Keisuke Goda

Frontiers of Science Award, International Congress of Basic Science (2023)

Yuzuki (Emma) Nagasaka

Best Presentation Award, CHEMINAS (2023)

Hongqian (Sophy) Zhang

Best Presentation Award, Japan Society of Applied Physics (2023)

Yuqi (Iris) Zhou

Young Scientist Award, Quantum Life Science Society (2023)

Yunjie (Jacey) Deng

Research Promotion Award, School of Science, University of Tokyo (2023)

Hiroshi Kanno

Research Promotion Award, School of Science, University of Tokyo (2023)

Keisuke Goda

Fellow, AAAS (2023)

Yunjie (Jacey) Deng

Serendipity Award, Serendipity Lab (2022)

Natsumi (Tiffany) Ishii

Best Poster Award, Serendipity Symposium (2022)

Hiroki Matsumura

Award of Excellence, Program of Excellence in Photon Science, University of Tokyo (2022)

Yuqi Zhou

Chinese Government Award for Oustanding Self-Financed Students Abroad (2022)

Shigekazu Takizawa

Best Poster Award, 27th International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (2022)

Mika Hayashi

Runner-Up Award, 3MT Thesis Competition, University of Tokyo (2022)

Keisuke Goda

Philipp Franz von Siebold Award, Humboldt Foundation (2022)

Jorgen Walker Peterson

Best Business Prize, Photonics Challenge (2022)

Matthew Lindley

Research Promotion Award, School of Science, University of Tokyo (2022)

Ryuji Nakao

Research Promotion Award, School of Science, University of Tokyo (2022)

Jorgen Walker Peterson

Award of Excellence, NEDO Technology Commercialization Program (2022)

Jorgen Walker Peterson

VC Award, NEDO Technology Commercialization Program (2022)

Jorgen Walker Peterson

Teledyne Best Presentation Award, BIOS, SPIE Photonics West (2022)

Yuqi Zhou

Serendipity Award, Serendipity Lab (2021)

Hiroshi Kanno

Serendipity Award, Serendipity Lab (2021)

Kotaro Hiramatsu

Young Scientist Presentation Award, Spectroscopical Society of Japan (2021)

Jorgen Walker Peterson

Young Scientist Presentation Award, Spectroscopical Society of Japan (2021)

Tinghui Xiao

R&D Encouragement Award, NF Foundation (2021)

Risako Kameyama

Konica Minolta Hikari Mirai Award, Optical Society of Japan (2021)

Tinghui Xiao

Best Paper Award, Optical Society of Japan (2021)

Julia Gala de Pablo

Best Presentation Award, Quantum Life Science Conference (2021)

Hiroshi Kanno

Best Poster Presentation Award, Quantum Life Science Conference (2021)

Jorgen Walker Peterson

Best Poster Presentation Award, Quantum Life Science Conference (2021)

Keisuke Goda

Pioneers of Miniaturization Lectureship, Royal Society of Chemistry and Dolomite (2021)

Yuta Nakagawa

Best Presentation Award, Yeast Genetics Forum (2021)

Tinghui Xiao

Young Scientist Award, Quantum Life Science Society (2021)

Yuta Nakagawa

Best Student Poster Award, CHEMINAS Conference (2021)

Keisuke Goda

Eto-Hosoya Prize, Futaba Electronic Memorial Foundation (2021)

Risako Kameyama

Teledyne SP Devices Best Presentation Award, BIOS, SPIE Photonics West (2021)

Yuqi Zhou

Hitachi High-Tech Best Presentation Award, BIOS, SPIE Photonics West (2021)

Tinghui Xiao

Distinguished Referee Award, Europhysics Letters (2021)

Phillip Charles McCann

PicoQuant Best Picture Award, SPIE Photonics West (2021)

Akihiro Isozaki

Young Innovator Award, Society for Chemistry and Micro-Nano Systems (2021)

Phillip Charles McCann

Research Promotion Award, School of Science, University of Tokyo (2021)

Keisuke Goda

SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award (2021)

Hideharu Mikami

Photonics Encouragement Award, Japan Society of Applied Physics (2020)

Risako Kameyama

Best Student Presentation Award, Japan Society for Molecular Science (2020)

Julia Gala de Pablo

Best Poster Award, Serendipity Symposium (2020)

Taketo Araki

Best Poster Award, Serendipity Symposium (2020)

Kotaro Hiramatsu

R&D Encouragement Award, NF Foundation (2020)

Yuta Nakagawa

Grand Prize, 3MT Thesis Award, University of Tokyo (2020)

Keisuke Goda

MEXT Prize for Science and Technology, MEXT, Government of Japan (2020)

Tatsuya Tajima

Department Chair Award, Department of Chemistry, University of Tokyo (2020)

Yuqi Zhou

Hamamatsu Best Presentation Award, BIOS, SPIE Photonics West (2020)

Matthew Lindley

Hitachi High-Tech Best Presentation Award, BIOS, SPIE Photonics West (2020)

Hiroki Matsumura

Award of Excellence, Program of Excellence in Photon Science, University of Tokyo (2020)

Hiroshi Kanno

Award of Excellence, Program of Excellence in Photon Science, University of Tokyo (2020)

Yuta Nakagawa

Research Promotion Award, School of Science, University of Tokyo (2020)

Keisuke Goda

Fellow, The Royal Society of Chemistry, The United Kingdam (2020)

Akihiro Isozaki

Imaging Science Award, Konica Minolta Science and Technology Foundation (2020)

Jorgen Walker Peterson

Best Oral Presentation Award, Student Conference on Light (2019)

Kotaro Hiramatsu

Best Presentation Award, Japan Society of Applied Physics (2019)

Yuta Nakagawa

Best Poster Award, Serendipity Symposium (2019)

Yunzhao Wu

Best Poster Award, Serendipity Symposium (2019)

Muzhen Xu

Best Poster Award, Serendipity Symposium (2019)

Hideharu Mikami

Best Paper Award, Optical Society of Japan (2019)

Keisuke Goda

Analytical Chemistry Young Innovator Award, American Chemical Society (2019)

Keisuke Goda

Outstanding Reviewer Award, Light: Science & Applications (2019)

Akihiro Isozaki

Research Excellence Award, CHEMINAS Conference (2019)

Kotaro Hiramatsu

Best Presentation Award, Chemical Society of Japan (2019)

Yuqi Zhou

Best Poster Award, Quantum Life Science Conference (2019)

Keisuke Goda

Yomiuri Techno Forum Gold Medal, Yomiuri Shimbun (2019)

Tinghui Xiao

Chinese Government Award for Oustanding Self-Financed Students Abroad (2019)

Ryo Kinegawa

Research Encouragement Award, School of Science, University of Tokyo (2019)

Kotaro Hiramatsu

Best Presentation Award, BIOS, SPIE Photonics West (2019)

Hideharu Mikami

Best Presentation Award, BIOS, SPIE Photonics West (2019)

Keisuke Goda

Japan Academy Medal, The Japan Academy (2019)

Hideharu Mikami

Imaging Science Award, Konica Minolta Science and Technology Foundation (2019)

Keisuke Goda

NAC High-Speed Imaging Award, ICHSIP Congress (2018)

Keisuke Goda

Ichimura Prize in Science for Distinguished Achievement, Ichimura Foundation (2018)

Akihiro Isozaki

Photron High-Speed Imaging Award, Photron Corporation (2018)

Keisuke Goda

Young Scientist Award, Multidisciplinary Conference on Optofluidics (2018)

Akihiro Isozaki

Winner, Cytometry Art Contest, International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (2018)

Keisuke Goda

Eiichi Takano Award, Japan Society of Applied Physics (2018)

Keisuke Goda

JSPS Prize, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2018)

Kotaro Hiramatsu

Research Encouragement Prize, Ube Industries Promotion of Science (2017)

Keisuke Goda

Fellow, SPIE (2018)

Ryo Kinegawa

UTokyo1000k Product Idea Contest, University of Tokyo (2017)

Hideharu Mikami

Optical Design Award, Optical Society of Japan (2017)

Cheng Lei

Best Paper Award, Optical Society of America (2017)

Keisuke Goda

WIRED Audi Innovation Award, WIRED Magazine (2016)

Cheng Lei

Best Paper Award, BIOS, SPIE Photonics West (2016)

Keisuke Goda

Distinguished Lectures Award, IEEE Photonics Society (2015)

Keisuke Goda

Young Scientist Award, MEXT, Government of Japan (2014)

Join Us

At Goda Lab, we encourage skilled researchers from all universities and fields to apply, as well as researchers from companies or governments. We offer various career opportunities, including degree and non-degree programs, as well as both short-term and long-term options. If you are interested in joining Goda Lab, please send an e-mail and a copy of your CV to Prof. Goda.

Undergraduate Programs

The Global Science Course is available to international students who are interested in transferring to the University of Tokyo for undergraduate degrees.

Graduate Programs

A few different graduate programs for both Master's and doctoral degrees are available to domestic and international students. Financial support is also available.

Internship Programs

Several different internship programs are available to international students who need financial support to spend summer or longer times with us.

Visiting Scholar Programs

Both short-term (<3 months) and long-term (>1 year) visiting scholar programs are offered by JSPS, CSC, RSC, Marie Curie Foundation, etc.

Open Positions

Goda Lab welcomes applications from researchers who are interested in working with us as postdoctoral researchers or research assistant professors.

Startups

Goda Lab's technologies have been spun off into innovative startups.

CYBO

AI-based cell sorters, intelligent 3D microscopes for digital pathology, and more

LucasLand

Wearable chemical sensors, point-of-care biosensors, and more

FlyWorks

Fast, accurate, low-cost drug discovery based on Drosophila flies

Contact Us

Our Address

7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo City
East Chemistry Building, Room 213
The University of Tokyo
Tokyo 113-0033, Japan

Email Us

Keisuke Goda (Professor)
goda@chem.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Naoko Kawai (Administrative Assistant)
kawai-n@g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Call Us

Prof. Goda's Office
+81-3-5841-4329
Staff Room
+81-3-5841-7649