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Optical TB Diagnostics Project Publishes Paper in Biomedical Optics Express

Optical TB

The Optical TB Diagnostics team, led by Project Lead Ben Wilson, recently published a paper in Biomedical Optics Express. The paper — Automated bacterial identification by angle resolved dark-field imaging — demonstrates a dark-field imaging technique capable of automated identification of individual bacteria. Paper Abstract We propose and demonstrate a dark-field imaging technique capable of […]

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Optics in the Life Sciences Conference


Ben Wilson, our Optical Tuberculosis Diagnosis Project Lead, recently presented at the Optics in the Life Sciences conference on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The conference brought together optics experts from around the world whose work is helping to advance biological and medical research through the use of optical technologies.  Ben’s presentation focused on our […]

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Staff Spotlight: Ben Wilson PhD


Q:  What is your background or specialty and what unique skill set do you bring to IV Lab? A: I have a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, where I focused on optics, specifically a field called nanophotonics.  Nanophotonics is the study of the interaction of light with particles or systems on […]

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Colorful Microscopy

Rheinberg illumination is cool. It came up in conversation recently as a useful tool for viewing blood cells and is a variant of dark field imaging. The process uses color filters placed in the microscope condenser, rather than solely an opaque disk as with traditional dark field. (See the diagram to the right.) This allows […]

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A New Metric of Documentation

There is a very important metric that I just made up. I call it the “documentation quotient” or DQ. It’s defined as the number of words of instruction you receive per price of the equipment, in units of [words/$]. For example, a tea bag in the kitchen has 19 words of instruction and cost about […]

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We’ve been seeing more and more visitors from the media around here. The most recent journalist to peruse the lab was Newsweek’s Dan Lyons, who was looking for the lowdown on our malaria work. Although the Photonic Fence, a.k.a. the mosquito laser system, has gotten most of the press lately due to Nathan Myhrvold’s TED […]

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