A microscope made of paper? Stanford biophysicist demos ‘Foldscope’


Stanford University’s School of Medicine hosted its annual Health Matters conference at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge on Saturday, May 10. Health Matters is a free community event focused on health innovations.

This year’s event featured demonstrations by local health innovators, including Manu Prakash, a biophysicist and assistant professor at the School of Medicine, whose primary focus is developing cheap and efficient laboratories. Prakash has received national recognition for his Foldscope, a microscope made of paper. The microscope costs less than a dollar and has a resolution of 700 nanometers.

Prakash emphasized the Foldscope’s versatility and affordability as key components of its design.

“Every child should have a microscope,” Prakash said.


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