Cell Counting App
Developing a phone app for cell counting
University of Ottawa, Canada
Who: Santiago Campuzano, master’s student in biology
When: 2019 – 2020
Institutes: University of Ottawa, Canada
Supervisors: Andrew Pelling, professor of physics and biology at the University of Ottawa
Santiago is developing a mobile app – which he calls SCellyCus – that will allow scientists to use their phone to count cells. The app uses image analysis to detect and count cells in real-time. It also does the math for you—handling the necessary calculations to determine the final concentration of cells. Santiago will also design a 3D printed attachment to hold the phone on the microscope.
Cell counting is a fundamental, but tedious and subjective, part of cell culture research. Most New Harvest research fellows (and in fact, most cell biologists at large) need to count cells before and after experiments. That makes SCellyCus an invaluable tool for the scientific community, in and out of cellular agriculture, to improve throughput and reduce subjectivity in cell counting.