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Heather Clark

Professor,  Bioengineering
Professor,  Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Affiliated Faculty,  Chemical Engineering
Director,  CILS

Contact

Office

  • 271 The Fenway
  • 617.373.3091

Research Focus

Optical nanosensors for biological analysis

Education

Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, University of Michigan, 1999
B.S. Chemistry, University of Michigan

Honors & Awards

  • Young Faculty Award, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Research Overview

Optical nanosensors for biological analysis

Selected Research Projects

  • Nanosensors for Chemical Imaging of Acetylcholine Using MRI
    • Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health
  • Circulating Red Blood Cell Based Nanosensors for Continuous, Real-Time Drug Monitoring
    • Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health
  • Optical Nanosensors Detect Neurotransmitter Release in the Peripheral Nervous System
    • Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health

Research Centers and Institutes

Selected Publications

  • J. Morales, R.H. Pawle, N. Akkilic, Y. Luo, M. Xavierselvan, R. Albokhari, DNA-Based Photoacoustic Nanosensor for Interferon Gamma Detection, ACS sensors 4 (5), 2019, 1313-1322
  • G. Rong, E.E. Tuttle, A.N. Reilly, H.A. Clark, Recent Developments in Nanosensors for Imaging Applications in Biological Systems, Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry 12, 2019, 109-128
  • G. Rong, E.H. Kim, Y. Qiang, W. Di, Y. Zhong, X. Zhao, H. Fang, H.A. Clark, Imaging Sodium Flux During Action Potentials in Neurons with Fluorescent Nanosensors and Transparent Microelectrodes, ACS Sensors, 3(12), 2018, 2499-2505
  • Y. Luo, E. Kim, C.A. Flask, H.A. Clark, Nanosensors for Chemical Imaging of the Neurotransmitter Acetylcholine Using MRI, ACS Nano, 12(6), 2018, 5761–5773

Faculty

Feb 06, 2019

Clark Awarded Patent

BioE/COS Professor Heather Clark was awarded a patent for "Compositions and methods for measurement of analytes". Abstract Source: USPTO Disclosed herein sensor matrices comprising nanofibers and one or more sensor components, wherein the one or more sensor components detect an analyte. In addition, methods of making and detecting the sensor matrices are disclosed. For example, […]

Faculty

Oct 30, 2018

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”.

Faculty

Oct 12, 2018

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.

Graduate

Aug 15, 2018

Strong Female Role Models Contributed to Their Success

Jennifer Morales, PhD Bioengineering, comes from a place where feminist role models are rare and detainees are prevalent. She’s from Mission, Texas, a city in Hidalgo County—one of the immigration epicenters in the United States. “Whenever you hear about families getting separated at the border, they’re probably talking about Hidalgo,” she said. It’s economically depressed, […]

Faculty

Feb 06, 2018

Bioengineering Professors Clark and Niedre Awarded a 4 year, $1.4 Million Grant from the NIH

Bioengineering Professor Heather Clark and Associate Professor Mark Niedre awarded a $1.4M, 4-year NIH grant to develop circulating red blood cell based nanosensors for non-invasive optical drug monitoring.

Faculty

Sep 01, 2017

New Faculty Spotlight: Heather Clark

Heather Clark joins the Bioengineering department in September 2017 as a Professor with a joint appointment in Chemistry and Chemical Biology.

Mar 22, 2016

FY17 TIER 1 Award Recipients

23 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY17 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 12 different projects representing over $600K dollars of investment in research.

Faculty

Apr 04, 2013

FY14 TIER 1 Award Recipients

22 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY14 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 14 different research projects.

Faculty

Apr 04, 2012

FY13 TIER 1 Award Recipients

27 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY13 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 21 different research projects.

Faculty

Apr 06, 2011

FY12 TIER 1 Award Recipients

28 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY12 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 18 different research projects.

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