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Team

Jim Cybulski

President/CEO, Co-inventor

Jim is the co-inventor of the Foldscope, and has spent the last 6 years developing and field testing Foldscopes all over the world as a PhD student in PrakashLab at Stanford and now as President and CEO of Foldscope Instruments. His primary role is to lead our efforts to provide access to scientific tools across the globe.

Manu Prakash

Co-inventor

Manu is the co-inventor of the Foldscope and co-founder of Foldscope Instruments. He is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University and runs a curiosity-driven lab, where the Foldscope was first invented and developed/deployed during phase 1 of the project.  Manu has led the design of the Foldscope and is its most prolific beta tester. See his many posts on our community blog, Microcosmos!

Rebecca Konte

Creative Director

Rebecca is the Creative Director for Foldscope Instruments, emphasizing in illustration and graphic design. She has a BFA in Biomedical Art and seeks to create inspiring, meaningful visuals that capture the many wonders to be seen in the natural world.

Christine Kurihara

Director of Administration

Christine is Foldscope's Administrivia Maven: she basically does all the back office work including HR, operations and accounting. Plus, with decades of experience in IT and web development she’s a natural to edit the website and work on other IT problems. She's thrilled to be a part of such an important effort.

Ken Ta

Director of Sales
Ken is Director of Sales for Foldscope.  He was formerly head merchant for a number of retailers including Amazon.com, The Sharper Image and The Good Guys.  Ken comes to the company with over 20 years of experience in worldwide sales, merchandising and supply chain management, as well as a passion for getting science into the hearts and minds of children around the world.

Paola Moreno-Roman

Director of Strategic Partnerships
Paola holds a Ph.D. in Cellular & Molecular Biology from Stanford University. Throughout college and graduate school, Paola was involved in a wide variety of science outreach initiatives both in Peru (her home country) and the US. She is excited to be part of the Foldscope team efforts in bringing powerful low-cost tools to communities around the world!

Hala Benmoussa

Project Coordinator

Hala is a self-proclaimed “Creative Problem Solver” with a passion for getting things done. As Project Coordinator she keeps each department running smoothly. After graduating with a Public Health degree with special interests in project planning and development she worked in the non-profit and private medical sector. Her unique skill set and problem-solving ability support the efficiency and growth of Foldscope. Hala has a passion for traveling and making a global impact one Foldscope at a time.

Daniel Cote

Design Engineer
Dan comes to Foldscope with 30 years experience developing products for industrial, government, and research. He also has degrees in computer science, mathematics, and electronics, with some course work in AI.

Dan enjoys the outdoor on the water and in the field - he has been living in Vermont the past 25 years.

Jeffrey Field

Mechanical Engineer

Jeff comes to Foldscope after being involved in the design and engineering business for over 30 years. He has developed products ranging from interventional cardiology to drug delivery systems. Jeff has extensive experience in the creation and development of technology for industry, including invention, mechanical engineering, product design, solid modeling, industrial design, prototype and production injection mold design fabrication and molding, and visual and functional prototype development. Jeff is a Renaissance man whose talents run from art to science.

David Marcus

Embedded Software Engineer

With an EE background, and years of experience in the aerospace industry, David is excited to join the Foldscope team as an Embedded Software Engineer. David has experience developing, testing, and integrating avionics systems for commercial and military aircraft, and also has expertise in algorithm and firmware development for a broad range of industries, including cybersecurity, IoT, and defense/aerospace. David holds a Professional Engineering (PE) license in the state of Florida. In his spare time, David enjoys exercising, surfing, and soaking up the beautiful Florida weather with his son.

Melissa Leventhal

Social Media
Melissa is responsible for all things social for Foldscope. She comes to us with a background with non-profits managing platforms and ensuring high visibility for her favorite cause.

Joshua Collins

Web Developer
Joshua is a highly efficient web developer who possesses a broad skill set for web application development. He's been working on a range of products and clients—from scalability problems in production to launching new applications for startups. Most of his work consists of creating websites, by meeting the requirements, fixing technical debts and providing best practices code examples.

Brian Tanabe

Product Design Consultant

Brian is a Product Design Consultant for Foldscope, working on new product design and mobile app development. He first developed the Foldscope App while attending Stanford University where he is currently a student - he’s thrilled to be part of the team to increase accessibility to scientific tools!

Post-Vaccination get together! We finally got a chance to see each other in May 2021. The whole team was able to come and just hang out.