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'Top innovation of year' is latest recognition for Aydogan Ozcan lab's lensless computational microscopy

18 January 2012

SPIE Senior Member Aydogan Ozcan (University of California, Los Angeles, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science) has received much recognition recently for his lab's research in lensless computational microscopy. Last month, their microscopy platform was named the top innovation of 2011 by The Scientist magazine.

Ozcan's telemedicine microscopy platform -- able to miniaturize small enough to be fitted on a cell phone -- captures images using shadow technology that can be used to monitor diseases like HIV and malaria by analyzing blood or saliva samples from the field.

Ozcan's recognition has included the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the National Health Institutes Director's New Innovator Award, and the Office of Naval Research and Army Research Office Young Investigator Award. He also won the Innovation Challenge held by Rockefeller Foundation and mHealth Alliance, as well as the Exploration Award by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The group recently presented papers at SPIE Optics + Photonics and SPIE Photonics West, where he served on the conference program committee for "Optical Components and Materials." Ozcan will serve as session chair for "Global Health: Telemedicine" at SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing 2012.

Read the full UCLA Engineering article.