While researching a blog post about Medic Mobile and their work with technology I came across references to Cello Phone and the work of UCLA Associate Professor Dr. Aydogan Ozcan.
He leads a research group who have done remarkable work on shadow imaging with a view to deploying low-cost cell-phones with cameras in low-resource communities in developing countries. Low-cost cameras used by personnel with a minimum of training could be used in disconnected communities to photograph fluid samples, capturing the micro-scale signature of cells, and transmit images to centralised clinics for analysis by infectious disease experts.
An inspiring project – it could assist in a global initiative to combat the spread of infectious diseases like Malaria and HIV, as well as improving general healthcare in under-resourced communities.
Professor Aydogan Ozcan
UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute.
External links and references
- Ultra wide-field lens-free monitoring of cells on-chip : PDF
Aydogan Ozcan and Utkan Demirci
- Professor’s cell phone microscope honored as best innovation of 2011
UCLA News Archive on ‘The Scientist’ award
- The Ozcan Research Group : Innovate @ UCLA