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Rice Univ. student-project microscope could have big effect on global health

20 August 2010

A 2½-pound, battery-powered microscope built by Andrew Miller as a student project at Rice Univ. performs as well as a $40,000 piece of hospital equipment, say professors at Rice Univ. including Miller's advisor, Rebecca Richards-Kortum. The microscope may provide health care workers in the developing world with a device to diagnose disease where people live.

Twenty of the microscopes are in production and expected to be ready for fieldwork next month. Rice researchers are designing studies that, if successful, should lead to greater commercialization.

Miller, Richards-Kortum, Gregory Davis, and Maria Oden presented a paper on the project at SPIE Photonics West in January. Richards-Kortum is an SPIE Member and has published more than 50 Proceedings papers and nearly 40 journal articles with SPIE.

Read the complete Houston Chronicle article.