Institute for Chemical Imaging of Living Systems

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

Chemical-based Imaging

Chemistry-based imaging—the next frontier in medical science—will lead to advances such as better understanding of disease, faster pathways to treatment, and technologies that harness the brain-machine interface.

Pre-eminent Research Facility

In partnership with Zeiss, an international leader in imaging systems, we’ve created a pre-eminent research facility with five state-of-the-art microscopes that researchers at Northeastern and other institutions can reserve for use.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Our researchers collaborate across six core disciplines—probe development, animal models, probe delivery, imaging technologies, embedded systems, and signal processing—to develop breakthrough imaging tools.


For more information contact:

Heather Clark
Professor,  Bioengineering & Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Professor,  Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Director,  CILS

Optical nanosensors for biological analysis

Recent News

Clark Awarded $1.5M NIH Grant for Chemical Imaging of Acetylcholine

BioE/COS Professor Heather Clark was awarded a $1.5M grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “Nanosensors for Chemical Imaging of Acetylcholine Using MRI”.

Imaging the Chemistry of our Bodies

BioE/COS Professor Heather Clark directs the new Chemical Imaging for Living Systems (CILS) Institute which will focus on finding ways to image the chemistry of our bodies.