About Andrew Monk

I am the CEO of based UK startup ioLight. We make the only pocket microscope that can capture and share images of cells from the screen of your mobile phone.

I joined WildHub because conservationists globally find that a microscope that can travel anywhere that they can is now an essential part of their gear. The microscope allows you to make instant decisions in the field. It has been used in The Arctic, The Amazon, The Antarctic, and Mount Everest. Most of our microscopes are exported, with 50% sold in the USA.

We hope to connect with field ecologists, particularly those interested in citizen science. We can help you collect large volumes of rich data quickly and inexpensively.

We are looking forward to learning how you want to view microscopic subjects and to help make your field work faster and simpler.

I look forward to meeting you.

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Mar 18, 2024
Replying to Ussi Abuu Mnamengi

Dear @Thirza Loffeld  thank you for informing me.  @Andrew Monk did a fantastic job, and I appreciate his contribution. I'm delighted to hear that the resource was helpful for WildHub members and countless others worldwide

Thank you @Ussi Abuu Mnamengi and @Thirza Loffeld 

Mar 13, 2024
Replying to Thirza Loffeld

Thanks for sharing this resource contribution Ussi and Andrew; amazing to hear about the Everest expedition also! 

@Andrew Monk : could you perhaps share how you envision to create a win-win situation for the connections made through WildHub? Or perhaps you have some examples of this already since you joined? 

Thank you, @Thirza Loffeld Loffeld. That is a great question. If Wild Hub can help me connect to environmental researchers working in the field, we can help you carry a good-quality microscope wherever you go, even on aircraft flights. The Everest Expedition is a perfect example. They spent many years looking for a microscope that they could carry up to 5000m. Those images that Dr Seimon got from protozoa under the ice are not something you could do with an expensive lab microscope. This is not a commercial website, but we can offer a discount to Wild Hub members buying ioLight products.

Feb 13, 2024
Replying to Thirza Loffeld

Hi Andrew, a warm welcome to WildHub! How did you find out about our community if I may ask?

Would be great to learn more about your own background also. Thanks

Hi @Thirza Loffeld thank you for your welcome. I met @Adam Barlow through a mutual friend, and Adam suggested that I look at WilldHub. Thank you, Adam.

I have a Masters degree in Physics from Oxford University. I was told to give up biology at school (despite being top of the year) because Physicists need Chemistry, not Biology. That was the worst advice I ever had!! Richard and I founded ioLight in 2014, and I am very much enjoying the Biology I should have done 40 years ago!

We passionately believe that biologists, especially ecologists, need a good quality microscope in their pockets. Samples always deteriorate on the way back to the lab, and often, you cannot remove them from the site. Our microscope images your samples on your phone so you can share them instantly, just like any other photo. 

Happy to demonstrate how to fit a microscope in your pocket if anyone is interested.


Feb 09, 2024
Replying to Grace Alawa

Andrew, welcome. I'm happy to hear about the ioLight, hoping that someday we get to use them here in Africa. I'm wondering if you have any orders from scientists here in Africa?

Hello @Grace Alawa and thank you for your comment. We submitted a joint project for COVID detection with Kenya Medical Research Institute and Oxford University and The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust has used our products for several years. We did a veterinary trial in Uganda and African Parks also has one of our microscopes. We would like to do more in Africa. The remoteness of some locations and limited budgets make ioLight a great research tool. Our users particularly like the battery power for areas where the mains supply is unreliable and the good wireless networks make it easy to share data.