Biomedical Imaging

Biomedical imaging is one of the most important toolsets we have for understanding biology, physiology, and human disease. Despite the fact that it’s been over 350 years since DIY pioneer Leeuwenhoek first observed single celled organisms through his homemade microscope, there continues to be a pipeline of new breakthroughs that provide previously unobtainable imaging contrasts, improving our understanding of the natural world. Biomedical imaging spans disciplines, spatial scales, and time scales, and forms the foundation of many scientific endeavors. BU BME biomedical imaging faculty are innovators in new microscopy, spectroscopy, clinical imaging modalities, and imaging probes, with applications spanning a swath as wide as biomedical engineering itself. Biomedical imaging at BU is tightly coupled to the fields of neuroscience, cancer biology, and clinical medicine among others, and faculty collaborate broadly across our institution and beyond.


Biomedical Imaging Faculty 

Primary Faculty: Irving Bigio, David Boas, Ji-Xin Cheng, Allison Dennis, Anna Devor, Michael Economo, Xue Han, Laura Lewis, Jerome Mertz, Hadi Nia, Darren RoblyerLucia Vaina, John White

Research Faculty:  Fernando Fernandez, Thomas Szabo, Meryem Yücel

Affiliated Faculty: Jerry Chen, Jeffrey Gavornik, Michelle Sander, Benjamin Scott, Lei Tian

Emeritus: Malvin Teich


Affiliated Research Centers


BME Biomedical Imaging in the news:

Photoacoustic Stimulation with Single-Neuron Precision Developed by a BU Team

By Caroline Amato An article by a BU team entitled “Non-genetic Photoacoustic Stimulation of Single Neurons” will appear in Light: Science & Applications. This research is led by Professors Chen Yang (ECE, Chem, MSE) and Ji-Xin Cheng (ECE, BME, MSE) in collaboration with Professor John White (BME) and Professor Heng-Ye Man... More

Laura Lewis Named a Pew Scholar

Continuing a streak of honors for her ground-breaking research into the complex neural circuits that govern sleep, Assistant Professor Laura Lewis (BME) has been selected one of 22 early-career researchers to join the Pew Scholars Program. More

One Small Step For A Mouse: Using Information Science to Understand the Brain

by Allison Kleber How does learning a new skill or process change the physical structure of the brain? Using techniques from data science and high-dimensional statistics, Professors Bobak Nazer (ECE), Venkatesh Saligrama (ECE, SE), and Xue Han (BME), aim to find out. Their project, titled “Discovering Changes in Networks: Fundamental Limits, More

Professor Cheng Awarded $2.4 Million Grant by NIH

Professor Ji-Xin Cheng awarded huge grant to continue his groundbreaking biomedical research. By Caroline Amato Professor Ji-Xin Cheng (ECE, BME, MSE) was awarded a $2.4 million grant by the National Institutes of Health for sensing vulnerable plaque in vivo by an all-optical intravascular ultrasound and photoacoustic catheter. NIH awards grants for groundbreaking... More

Lewis Awarded Sloan Fellowship

The award funding will further the biomedical engineer's research on brain function By Jessica Colarossi Laura Lewis (BME) has been awarded a 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship, one of the most prestigious awards for early-career scientists. Lewis and BU computer scientist Alina Ene are two of 126 fellows chosen this year, and... More