2021 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Electrical Engineering
Mentor: Manu Prakash (Bioengineering)

“Platform and Pipeline Development for Microscopy-Based Diagnosis of Malaria and Other Infectious Diseases”

The Prakash lab is developing a low-cost autonomous microscopy platform (Octopi), which will play a pivotal role in humanity’s fight against malaria. It will be a powerful diagnostic tool: one that is economical, but also as robust as manual microscopy. Rinni is helping develop Octopi for deployment, by assisting in (1) optimizing its functionality/lowering its cost through hardware development, (2) improving the robustness of its staining pipeline, and (3) enabling communication across various Octopi users to better harness the global insights such an accessible platform will generate.