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Julien Colombelli: "Building a research microscope from Lego blocks will hopefully motivate kids"

28 Feb 17




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The RNE programme "Entre paréntesis" interviews Julien Colombelli, manager of IRB Barcelona's Advanced Digital Microscopy Laboratory, on the occasion of the official presentation of LegoLish-Mot (Lego Light Sheet Microscopy-Motorized) during the Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo) Barcelona. 

Julien Colombelli, co-inventor of the microscope, explains that “building a research microscope from Lego blocks will hopefully motivate kids to discover an innovative light sheet microscope (a kind of microscope that illuminates the sample with a sheet of light)". It is a unique project that brings the latest 3D imaging technology to students.

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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).