Light Plate Apparatus (LPA): a general purpose, customizable, user-friendly, open-source instrument for performing optogenetics and other photobiology experiments in batch and adherent cell culture systems. Each well of a the 24-well plate can be independently exposed to variable intensity, millisecond time-scale signals from one or two LEDs. For intuitive programming of the LPA, we have also developed Iris, a freely-available graphical web tool (See Software page). A LPA can be assembled in a single day from 3-D printed and commercially available parts using basic electronics assembly equipment for approximately $150.


K.P. Gerhardt, E.J. Olson, S.M. Castillo-Hair, L.A. Hartsough, B.P. Landry, F. Ekness, R. Yokoo, E.J. Gomez, P. Ramakrishnan, J. Suh, D.F. Savage, J.J. Tabor*
"An open-hardware platform for optogenetics and photobiology"
Sci. Rep. 6, 35363 (2016). DOI: 10.1038/srep35363 [PDF]

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