Samuel Chung

Assistant Professor,  Bioengineering


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Research Focus

brain cell regeneration, automated microscopy and laser surgery, user-friendly and low-cost fluorescence microscopy


  • PhD,  Applied Physics, Harvard University, 2009
  • S.M., Applied Physics, Harvard University, 2004
  • B.S., Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology, 2000

Research Overview

brain cell regeneration, automated microscopy and laser surgery, user-friendly and low-cost fluorescence microscopy

Regeneration and Optics Laboratory

The NeuroLab studies neuroregeneration in the roundworm C. elegans. We develop advanced devices and techniques for microscopy and imaging.

Selected Research Projects

Selected Publications

  • Wang, Yao L., Grooms, Noa W. F., Civale, Sabrina C., Chung, Samuel H. (2021). Confocal imaging capacity on a widefield microscope using a spatial light modulator. PLoS ONE, 16(2),e0244034. 10.1371/JOURNAL.PONE.0244034
  • M.B. Harreguy, V. Marfil, N.W. F. Grooms, C.V. Gabel, S.H. Chung, G. Haspel, Ytterbium-Doped Fibre Femtosecond Laser Offers Robust Operation with Deep and Precise Microsurgery of elegans Neurons, Scientific Reports, 10, 2020 4545
  • H. Cai, Y.L. Wang, R.T. Wainner, N.V. Iftimia, C.V. Gabel, S.H. Chung, Wedge Prism Approach for Simultaneous Multichannel Microscopy, Scientific Reports, 9, 2019, 17795
  • S.H. Chung, M.R. Awal, J. Shay, M.M. McLoed, E. Mazur, C.V. Gabel, Novel DLK-Independent Neuronal Regeneration in Caenorhabditis Elegans Shares Links with Activity- Dependent Ectopic Outgrowth, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113, 2016, E2852-E2860


Oct 12, 2021

Announcing Fall 2021 PEAK Experiences Awardees

Several engineering students and science students mentored by COE faculty are recipients of Northeastern’s Fall 2021 PEAK Experiences Awards. The PEAK Experiences Awards are a progressively structured sequence of opportunities designed to support learners as they continue climbing to new heights of achievement in undergraduate research and creative endeavor throughout their Northeastern journeys. ASCENT AWARDS […]


Apr 09, 2019

FY20 TIER 1 Award Recipients

25 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY20 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 18 different projects representing up to $900K dollars of investment in research.


Oct 25, 2017

Insights into Nerve Regeneration

BioE Assistant Professor Samuel Chung is studying microscopic worms to gain insights into nerve regeneration with hopes to help people with spinal cord injuries. Source: News @ Northeastern Samuel Chung is motivated by the “flash of insight”—that moment when days upon days of research result in a key breakthrough or discovery. He’s already encountered a […]


Sep 01, 2017

New Faculty Spotlight: Samuel Chung

Samuel Chung joins the Bioengineering department in September 2017 as an Assistant Professor.

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