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A cutting-edge fluorescence microscope built with Lego blocks at YoMo Barcelona

1 Mar 17




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Various media, including the newspaper “La Vanguardia”, have made reference to IRB Barcelona's participation in the Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo) through a workshop on a  fluorescence microscope made of Lego blocks. This event, which will be held today, will be given by Julien Colombelli, co-inventor of the microscope and Core Facility Manager of the Advanced Digital Microscopy Laboratory at the institute.

“We have managed to remove the optical complexity from the microscope and bring a Lego-based system that offers students the possibility to take images or videos themselves with their own mobile phones, yet functioning in 3D and using fluorescence on real biological samples,” remarks Julien. 

More information about IRB Barcelona's YoMo activities

Link to La Vanguardia

Link to EFE Futuro

Link to El Confidencial


About IRB Barcelona

Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, a seal that was awarded in 2011. The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 27 laboratories and eight core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 employees and more than 30 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona is a CERCA center, and a member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).