About Us


Dr. Heather Clark is a distinguished professor with a prominent trajectory on nanosensors research, and the founding director of the Institute for Chemical Imaging of Living Systems (CILS). She envisioned the CILS institute and pushed the needle forward to build its infrastructure and science.

Clark is particularly fascinated by the use of nanosensors in the brain and nervous system, and the potential to measure signals in the human body in non-conventional ways. She has been a professor of bioengineering for over 12 years at Northeastern University, and is now the director of the School for Biological and Health Systems Engineering. She  has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and a career full of international presentations at conferences, seminars, and media interviews. She has received funding from multiple NIH initiatives and has earned AIMBE distinction, DARPA honor, and Young Faculty Award for her work.



At Northeastern’s Institute for Chemical Imaging of Living Systems (CILS), we develop imaging tools to highlight chemical processes—enabling clinicians to better diagnose and treat disease.

    The CILS team is designing tools to track specific chemicals by quantity, location, and time through the body in real-time.

    Get in touch with us

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    (617) 373-4565

    cils@northeastern.edu (business inquiry)

    cils-core@northeastern.edu (instrument access inquiry)

    ISEC 080, 805 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA, 02115

    Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex at Northeastern University


    The CILS Core Facilities are located in the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, Room 080 in the basement.

    Once inside ISEC, you can find the facilities by taking the elevator down to the basement and turning right. Access to the facilities is restricted, so once you reach the locked double doors you’ll use the labeled door bells to call into the lab.


    Renaissance Parking Garage

    835 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02120

    Street Parking – Columbus Avenue

    2-hour street parking (unmetered)

    Public Transportation

    Northeastern Station

    Huntington Ave and Opera Pl, Boston, MA 02115

    Green line connection

    Ruggles Station

    1150 Tremont St, Roxbury, MA 02120

    Orange line, bus, and commuter rail connections

    Our facility

    Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex

    ISEC 080, 805 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA, 02115