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Providing Imaging Expertise and Training for Researchers

Award: Imaging Scientist


Caroline Magnain, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital (Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging)


Caroline Magnain is a physicist at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, a research institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Throughout her career, she has applied optical imaging to various domains, from cultural heritage to biomedical science, and has developed acquisition systems, optical simulations, and image analysis software. In 2011, she joined the Martinos Center to initiate a collaboration between the Optics Division and the Laboratory for Computational Neuroimaging. She uses optical microscopy to image the postmortem human brain’s cellular and fiber organizations. Her work bridges the microscale, obtained by optical imaging and histology, and the macroscale, obtained by MRI—the clinical standard for brain imaging.

Project Description

Dr. Magnain will provide imaging expertise to the research community at the Martinos Center and its extended network of collaborators. She will provide training for investigators to operate the microscopy core resources and assist with experimental design, image acquisition, and data analysis. Her guidance will help scientists utilize state-of-the-art imaging facilities to pursue cutting-edge investigations into compelling issues in medicine and physiology. She will also engage with biologists in broadly disseminating information about advanced optical imaging techniques—training students, postdocs, interns, and other researchers interested in advanced optical microscopy techniques; helping to organize and share data analysis software; and working with information technology teams to help shape decisions pertaining to developing new data-sharing resources to support the research community.