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Smartphone-based Fluorescene Microscopy For Chemical Analysis And Disease

Fluorescent reporters are widely used across life sciences, because they are safe and very convenient to use in point-of-care situations. Existing fluorescent imaging systems typically require expensive scientific cameras and laser sources, which limit their affordability and usage in developing regions. Consumer electronics, such as smartphones, are widely recognized for their wide-ranging capacity to be reconfigured for a variety of purposes. For instance, the pixel resolution in modern smartphone cameras are much larger than those in a conventional scientific camera. The open-source platform allows easy programming and the multi-core on-board processors are capability of performing image analysis. Design Objective: This project aims to develop a smartphone-based fluorescence imager (including the associated image analysis software) and test its application in medically relevant fluorescent assays.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Biomedical Engineering
Student Skill-Set Needed: Ability to work independently, programming, optical design
Compensation: Academic Credit
Available: Fall, Spring


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Jun Xia
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Office: 215C Bonner Hall
Phone: 716-645-8628