10 August 2012
LOS ANGELES–Aydogan Ozcan is about as close to a rock star in the world of imaging and digital medicine as you can imagine.
Picked by MIT's Technology Review as a top innovator under the age of 35, the UCLA engineering professor, his team and his technology are on the verge of revolution medicine and virology.
Why? Because they're applying Moore's Law and Metcalfe's Law to the lab. Think personal microscopes…connected.
Ozcan, sitting in his Westwood office, says, the situation is similar to what "happened to personal computers in the sense it was the cost reduction that led to so much frequent use of these computers. That led to something much bigger…which was the Internet."
"Imagine that these things are connected and we are getting our hands into the micro and nano world with all these microscopes working globally," he adds. "That's going to be the Internet of the microworld, or microinternet."
We edited together a series of three outtakes from our interview at the Westwood campus, below.
In part one, Ozcan, a compelling story teller, talks about the promise of personal microscopes and the connected world:
In part two, Ozcan dives deeper into the medical/virological applications:
In part three, he shows us a mobile-phone-based microscope that doesn't use lenses. The lens function is replaced by algorithms: