Episode 20: A New Way to Scan the Human Body

Modern medicine has given us revolutionary ways of seeing inside our bodies, from the Xray to the MRI and CT scan. But the images they provide are of structures like arteries, bones, or tissue, rather than the very chemistry at the core of human life. We’re joined on this episode by Heather Clark, who is a Professor in the Departments of Bioengineering and Chemistry at Northeastern University. Her lab is pioneering the use of nanosensors within body, and the potential applications of this work are truly amazing.





Heather Clark is a Professor in the Departments of Bioengineering and Chemistry at Northeastern University. She received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Michigan, and completed a postdoc in the Center for Cell Analysis & Modeling at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Dr. Clark’s research focuses on the development of nanosensors to measure concentrations of ions and small molecules at the cellular level, as well as in vivo. She has received awards for both research and teaching, including the DARPA Young Faculty Award. Her work has been featured in a live CNN interview, the Wall Street Journal, WIRED magazine and MIT Technology Review.

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