Jim Cybulski

CEO, Co-inventor

Jim is the co-inventor of Foldscope, and has spent the last 5 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 Foldscope and co-founder of Foldscope Instruments. He is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University and runs a curiosity-driven lab, where 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 http://microcosmos.foldscope.com/


Honomi ijima


Director of Community Engagement

Honomi is the Director of Community Engagement at Foldscope Instruments. She is a certified microscopist (trained at Merritt College) and has a BS in Environmental Science from Mills College. She has spent the last 5 years studying creeks in Oakland, CA from the perspectives of geochemistry and sustainable city planning. Honomi grew up in Japan learning origami from her mother and grandmother. 


Rebecca Konte


Director of Visual Content

Rebecca is the Director of Visual Content 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 and can't wait for 1 million foldscopes to be distributed (maybe in 2018!)




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 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

Former Foldscopers

Alice Dai


Alice's favorite Foldscoping adventures include finding a butterfly wing on her family's rental car in Japan and taking her Foldscope to the beach to look at tiny ocean organisms. She is a sophomore at Duke studying electrical engineering and English.


Max was formerly the Director of Community Engagement at Foldscope Instruments. He has a BA in Molecular Biology and English and has worked as research technician (at UCSF) and as a science communicator. He is currently pursuing a PhD at UC Berkeley.

Max Coyle


Also, a huge shoutout to 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