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Steven Lopez one of four Co-Investigators for the newly launched Institute for Data-Driven Dynamical Design.

Steven Lopez

The new institute, funded $15.5 million by the NSF, aims to address the challenge of predicting dynamical processes in materials with a focus on discovering fundamentally new mechanisms and pathways.

Solving Quantum Riddles: Dr. Sijia Dong is Using Machine-Learning to Overcome Challenges in Quantum Chemical Computation

Sijia Dong

In a recent publication in Chemical Science, Dr. Dong and co-authors developed a new computational strategy that can be used to understand how complex materials behave when they are exposed to sun light.

Measuring Biochemicals in the Body at the Nanoscale: A Conversation with Heather Clark

Heather Clark

In this episode of the “Stories from the NNI” podcast, Heather Clark, Professor of Bioengineering and Chemistry at Northeastern University, discusses her work on developing biosensors to measure, at the nanoscale, how biochemicals are regulated in the body.

Bryan Spring Named A Scialog: Advancing Bioimaging Fellow

Bryan Spring

For early-career researchers chosen to address challenges involved in enhancing high-resolution imaging of tissue.

New Nanosensor Holds Promise for Diagnosing, Treating Neurological Disease

Heather Clark, James Monaghan

CILS founders developed a DNA-based nanosensor that detects a specific neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, as it’s released and picked up by target cells in living animals.

Special Issue Tissue Engineering Features Bajpayee Lab Research

Tissue Engineering June 2021 special issue cover features the Bajpayee Lab’s injectable shape-memory cryogels for cartilage defect repair.

Cellaria Inc. Partners with the Spring Lab to Advance New Photomedicine Therapies for Key Cancers with NIH R01 Grant

Bryan Spring

The grant provides $3.2M funding to develop precision therapeutics closely tailored to the requirements of specific patient populations. The Spring Lab uses Cellaria’s next generation, patient-derived, customized cell models that boost the effectiveness of in vitro studies.

Heather Clark Named As AIMBE Fellow

Dr. Clark was nominated for her development of nanoscale optical probes for chemical imaging within live cellular and tissue environments. This honor is immense for medical and biological engineers across the country, as only the top two percent are recognized with a fellowship.

Ambika Bajpayee Nominated as Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigator

Bajpayee’s paper “Milk exosomes with enhanced mucus penetrability for oral delivery of siRNA” earned her a nomination for Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigator on the 2021 list.

Bajpayee Lab receives National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases R01 Award

The Bajpayee Lab was awarded the NIAMS R01 for their work on charge based drug delivery to cartilage.

Professor Spring Uses Light to Accelerate Treatment of Drug-resistant Cancers

Assistant professor Bryan Spring develops photodynamic light-based therapies that both target the malignant cells and stop the signaling between them that sparks new tumor growth.

Shipworm Tissue

Instrument: Zeiss LSM 880

Technique: 16S rRNA fluorescence in situ hybridization to locate the intracellular bacterial symbionts

Credit: Marvin Altamia/Distel lab, Ocean Genome Legacy of New England Biolabs, NU Marine Science Center

Mouse Limb Regeneration

Instrument: Zeiss Lightsheet Z1
Technique: FISH, FGF8 in yellow, SHH in magenta, and gremlin 1 in cyan
Credit: Evan Mun/Monaghan Lab

Axolotl Limb Regeneration

Instrument: Zeiss LSM 880
Technique: FISH – Uromodulin(yellow), keratin 5 (cyan)-, Wnt5a (magenta)
Credit: Alex Lovely/Monaghan Lab

Brain Microvascular Network

Instrument: Zeiss LSM 800
Brain endothelial cells: dTomato (red). Pericytes: NG-2 (purple). Astrocytes: GFAP (green)
Credit: Max Winkelman/Dai Lab


CILS Seminar: Flow Cytometry

Join us for an information session on the features of our Beckman cell sorter and analyzer. During the seminar, participants will hear from users about their experiences and applications for a variety of projects, followed by a student presentation.


September 28th, 2021 12-1:30pm


CILS Seminar: Bruker BioSpec™ 3T MRI

The seminar will cover how preclinical MR offers longitudinal observation/measurement of disease processes, an overview of components and process for preclinical MR, and review of methods and data obtained in preclinical MR.

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Following the talk, Kristine Ma, PhD candidate from the Clark Lab, will present on DNA-based pH-responsive MR contrast agents.


June 9th, 2021 12-1:30pm


CILS Seminar: Zeiss Lightsheet Z1

Join us for an informational session to learn about the features of the Zeiss Lightsheet Z1 hosted by Zeiss. During the week following the event, participants will have FREE access to  microscope demonstrations in our core facility.


April 8th, 2021 12-1:30pm


Film Screening: Picture A Scientist

The Institute for Chemical Imaging of Living Systems (CILS) hosted a screening of Picture A Scientist ( to kick off our monthly educational series. This film is a documentary raising visibility around gender bias and racism in science and was available to the Northeastern community for online viewing January 28-30, 2021.


January 28-30, 2021


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