Meet the 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


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


Administrivia Maven

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 also gets a chance now and then to edit the website and help with IT solutions. She's thrilled to be a part of such an important effort.




Director of Sales

Ken is Director of Sales for Foldscope, having joined the team in January, 2018.  He was formerly head merchant for a number of retailers including, 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.


Eleanor Glockner


Product Design and Outreach Intern

Eleanor is currently a student at Stanford University studying Bioengineering. She has joined Foldscope to get hands-on experience doing product design. She is working closely with Jim Cybulski, our CEO, to design the next generation of Foldscopes.


Christopher McLinden

Marketing & Social Media Coordinator

Christopher has joined Foldscope with experiences as a Middle School Science teacher, outdoor camp Naturalist and camp counselor. Previously, Chris was a founder and co-led a startup company creating compost aimed at diverting food waste from landfills, while providing an economical organic gardening compost alternative. He has a BA from Pacific University of Oregon in Politics and Government.

Also, a huge shoutout to some of the amazingly generous people that have helped us translate our Foldscope website and materials into a variety of languages:

Miguel Suárez, Erika M. López-Alfonzo, Filipe Oliveira da Silva, Clarice Aiello, Wenying Pan, Vivian Lin, Fumiaki Ikeno, Tsutomu Ijima, Javier Canteros, Cintia Capasso & the Wecaptech team, and many more!