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




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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


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The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) pursues a society free of disease. To this end, it conducts multidisciplinary research of excellence to cure cancer and other diseases linked to ageing. It establishes technology transfer agreements with the pharmaceutical industry and major hospitals to bring research results closer to society, and organises a range of science outreach activities to engage the public in an open dialogue. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 researchers and more than 30 nationalities. Recognised as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence since 2011, IRB Barcelona is a CERCA centre and member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).