At the interface of experimental physics, optics, microfluidics, biophysics, genomics, information- and bio-technologies, Ota Lab currently works for realizing “networked biophotonics“ by combining these disconnected technologies. Our lab is a mix of students, postdocs, and technicians from various backgrounds and enjoys life and work as a team.  We aim to address ‘big’ unmet needs or unthinkable questions that could have a large impact over the world.

networked biological measurements, Trans-disciplinary science

With widely spread expertise in a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines, we develop physical tools to probe biological structures and realize networked biological measurements for interrogating complex life systems. By fusing this “networked biophotonics” with the power of information science, we tackle fundamental problems in biophysical and biological science, and explore the potential of such studies in healthcare industry. 


Free from conventional modalities with the help of machine learning methods, we recently developed and continue to advance ultrafast high-content flow cytometry and its sorters. Ghost cytometry, a concept of image-free imaging cytometry, is one of the first demonstrations free from conventional modalities, and being brought into practice for real-world applications by spin-out start-up at a high speed.


Currently, one of the primary focuses of our research is to develop novel optical imagers for life science and medicine, from a scratch. Moreover, our research seeks to bring physics tradition of precise measurement to biology and tries to transform the real value and concept of “image” through technological breakthroughs. New technologies with the focus on biotechnological purposes continually emerge and may spin out to create industrial activities with further excitement.


Ability to build up an automated microfluidic systems from a scratch is our strength and focus, which helps us to create a novel optofluidic concepts and redesign/develop the enabling systems with the focus on biotechnological purposes. New technologies continually emerge and may spin out to create industrial activities with further excitement.