The cell.academy team (from left to right): Sabine (marketing), Lisa (marketing & biologist) and Kulsum (expert in biology & education).
Our goal at cell.academy is to effectively communicate Cell Biology concepts to both students and the general public with the visual aid of cells in their true nature: alive and in 3D. Through educational videos, we hope to share our passion for the vast, yet microscopic world that lives within us!
cell.academy is a spin-off of Nanolive SA. Nanolive SA was incorporated in November 2013 at the EPFL Innovation Park in Lausanne, Switzerland, by Dr. Yann Cotte (CEO) and Dr. Fatih Toy (scientific advisor), following the completion of their respective PhD theses at the EPFL Microsystems laboratory of Prof. Christian Depeursinge (Head of Scientific Advisory Board).
Living cell tomography
The technology that is used to produce our label-free live cell videos is known as holotomography. Just as you may know from an MRI in hospitals, our light microscope – the 3D Cell Explorer – uses laser light to deliver live scans of single cells. After placing the cellular specimen in the device, the 3D Cell Explorer performs a continuous rotational scan, while a software allows to display the cell on your computer in 3D within a second.
The intuitive software of the 3D Cell Explorer STEVE enables digitally staining on single cells with an unlimited choice of colours and obtains its 3D reconstruction in real time.