Popular Science magazine has named SPIE Senior Member Aydogan Ozcan as one of its "Brilliant 10" for 2012, in recognition of his development of a lens-free microscope that can be used in conjunction with a cell phone. The device enables advanced medical diagnostics in remote areas of the world.
Ozcan, is an assistant professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is leads the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Lab.
The lab has developed several low-cost medical diagnostic tools that rely on the platform power provided by common cell phones. Components using Ozcan's lens-free microscope can be used for diagnostic purposes such as blood sampling, even in rural areas where access to professional medical care is limited.
Ozcan also developed a Google Maps interface able to plot test results. which could be used to geographically track the spread of infectious diseases.
Read more about the "Brilliant 10" honorees in Popular Science.
See the SPIE Newsroom video interview with Ozcan.