BIOE: Daniel Fletcher - "Pocket Doctors: Disease Diagnosis with Mobile Phones"

Speaker Daniel A. Fletcher, Purnendu Chatterjee Chair in Engineering Biological Systems, Department of Bioengineering, University of California-Berkeley
Date: 2/20/2018
Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

2240 Digital Computer Lab, 1304 W Springfield Avenue, Urbana, IL

Event Contact: Lisa Leininger

Department of Bioengineering

Event Type: Seminar/Symposium

"Pocket Doctors:  Disease Diagnosis with Mobile Phones"


Light microscopy remains a central tool for biological discovery and disease diagnosis. Direct imaging of aberrant host tissues and pathogens in blood, sputum, and stool samples is widely used to diagnose and monitor a broad range of diseases. However, microscopy typically requires advanced equipment and skilled users not routinely available outside of well-equipped laboratories and hospitals. In recent years, mobile phones have been successfully converted into light microscopes with the ability to capture diagnostic images outside of traditional laboratory settings, and the increasing computational power of mobile phones has opened possibilities for automated imaging and analysis with multiple contrasts. This talk with describe ongoing work that combines mobile phone microscopy with hardware and software engineering to expand the uses of light microscopy, with applications to global health and connections to basic host-pathogen research.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Dan Fletcher is the Chatterjee Professor of Bioengineering & Biophysics at UC Berkeley, where he also serves as Chair of the Bioengineering Department. He and his laboratory develop optical and microfluidic technologies, study the mechanics of cell motility and signaling, and investigate the biophysics of infectious diseases. Dr. Fletcher received a B.S. from Princeton University, a D.Phil. from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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