A workshop on Foldscope and its Applications was held at St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) on 10. August 2019. The workshop was organised by a collaboration between the Innovation Cell and the Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Biochemistry.
The resource persons (under DBT, GoI foldscope project) were Dr. Ch. Tulasi, Associate Professor, Dept. of Zoology, Govt. College for Women, Guntur and Dr. S. T. V. Raghavamma, Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceuticals, Chalapathi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Lam, Guntur. Both played an integral role in the organization of the workshop.
The workshop was inaugurated by the resource persons and Rev. Dr. Praveen Martis SJ, the Principal of St. Aloysius College. The workshop was focused on the assembly and use of the Foldscope, an innovative paper microscope developed by Manu Prakash and Jim Cybulski at Stanford University, USA. Dr. Tulasi introduced the Foldscope and instructed the participants in its assembly and general use. Dr. Raghavamma proceeded to demonstrate the use of the Foldscope in the initial diagnosis of disease such as malaria and filaria, and in how to prepare samples for observation by the Foldscope. Every participant was provided a Foldscope Kit and was guided in its assembly and use.The workshop was attended by 30 delegates.