Dean’s Seminar Series featuring Heather Clark, PhD – “Nanosensors for Imaging the Chemistry of the Body”
Cosponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research
Heather Clark, PhD
Professor, Departments of Bioengineering and Chemistry & Chemical Biology
“Nanosensors for Imaging the Chemistry of the Body”
My group is currently working at the interface of chemistry and biology to develop and apply novel nanoscale probes for biological measurements. In order to fulfill our goal of chemical imaging deep in the body (brain, central nervous system, circulatory system) we are approaching the problem through two directions. First, we are working with fluorescence-based sensors in the peripheral nervous system to understand the capabilities of the sensors for cellular signaling. Second, we are tailoring our sensors to be compatible with advanced imaging techniques (photoacoustics, MRI) to image deep in the body. Ultimately, we will use the probes to image specific chemical processes and biomarkers in the brain/body, in real-time.