Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health

2017 BESIP Project

Laboratory of Molecular Imaging and Nanomedicine (LOMIN)
Mentor Name: 
Xiaoyuan (Shawn) Chen, Ph.D.
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Laboratory and Project Description

LOMIN specializes in synthesizing molecular imaging probes for positron emission tomography (PET), single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), optical (bioluminescence, fluorescence and Raman), contrast enhanced ultrasound, photoacoustic imaging, as well as multimodality imaging. This research group aims to develop molecular imaging toolbox for better understanding of biology, early diagnosis of disease, monitoring therapy response, and guiding drug discovery/development. LOMIN puts special emphasis on high-sensitivity nanosensors for biomarker detection and theranostic nanomedicine for imaging, gene and drug delivery, and monitoring of treatment. Interns may provide support for research in the following areas:
  • Nanosensors for high-sensitivity detection of biological markers
  • Molecular imaging probe design, synthesis, and characterization
  • Theranostic nanomedicine for simultaneous imaging and therapy of cancer and cardiovascular diseases