CellScope’s Key Scientific Advisor, Prof. Dan Fletcher, Builds Mobile Device for Detecting Parasites in Africa


Last week you may have read about the CellScope Loa and been amazed to learn about how a smartphone is being used to detect parasites from only a drop of blood.

The CellScope Loa was developed in the bioengineering lab of our company’s key scientific advisor, Professor Dan Fletcher at UC Berkeley. The technology uses a smartphone microscopy system to detect the movement of parasitic worms and provide critical information to help treat debilitating diseases in Africa and beyond.

Our co-founders, Amy and Erik, met in the Fletcher lab at UC Berkeley where they worked on mobile microscopy for diagnosing diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria. Dan Fletcher’s lab has been focused on building smartphone microscopy systems that combine advanced imaging technology with smart software automation to build point-of-care diagnostic solutions. They were excited by the lab’s work and the potential to apply similar technology to improve healthcare access closer to home.

They formed CellScope in 2010 to focus on building the products and services families need to more conveniently manage the most common health conditions from anywhere.  By building consumer-friendly versions of the same tools you see in the doctors office, they saw potential to improve the ways families get the care they need. CellScope is very proud to have worked in a lab that, today, is advancing global public health through mobile technology that set the foundation for the development of our very own CellScope Oto, a digital otoscope for checking ears.

Learn More:

Read an interview with our co-founder, Amy Sheng, on how CellScope was started.

Read about other exciting examples of how the CellScope smartphone technology is helping improve public health worldwide!


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