What is the Cello Phone microscope?

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.

“We have more than 5 billion cell phone subscribers around the world today, and because of this, cell phones can now play a central role in telemedicine applications. Our research group has already created a very nice set of tools that can potentially replace most of the advanced instruments used currently in laboratories.”

Professor Aydogan Ozcan
UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute.
  

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