Low-cost cellphone microscope enabled by enhanced processing capabilities





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Published on Sep 23, 2011

Developed in a lab at UCLA, new devices will provide access to medical tests in resource-poor countries.

Aydogan Ozcan is associate professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

The Ozcan Research Group at UCLA works on fundamentally new imaging and sensing architectures that can compensate in the digital domain for the lack of complexity of optical components by use of novel theories and numerical algorithms. Their work includes the following areas of photonics-based telemedicine technologies:

Imaging the nano-world, especially in bio-compatible settings;
Providing powerful solutions to global health-related problems such as measurement of the cell count of HIV patients in resource-limited settings;
Rapid and parallel detection of hundreds of thousands of molecular level binding events targeting microarray-based proteomics and genomics; and
Monitoring of the biological state of 3D engineered tissues.
Ozcan received his PhD (2005) and MS (2002) from Stanford University, and the BS from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. He has received numerous awards for his research, including the 2011 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award and the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award (2011), as well as the National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award (2010) and the MIT TR35 Award (2009).

He was interviewed for SPIE Newsroom in August 2011.


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