Charles Lin


PI Bio

Lin, Charles, PhD

Phone: 617-643-3531


I am an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and lead the Advanced Microscopy Group at the Center for Systems Biology and at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Here, my laboratory and I are developing cutting-edge optical imaging techniques for in vivo cell tracking and molecular imaging studies. Our primary research focus is the development of minimally invasive optical techniques for in vivo imaging of stem cells and hematologic malignancies. There are several custom-built confocal and two-photon hybrid microscopes within my laboratory, each tailored for a specific live animal imaging application. Several of these systems have an additional "treatment" beam that can be used to localize light delivery to precise locations in tissue. These systems have unique open architectures to allow modification and rapid adaptation to new technology. My laboratory has also developed an in vivo flow cytometer for real-time detection and quantification of fluorescent cells in the circulation, eliminating the need for drawing blood samples. At present, we are actively engaged in several multidisciplinary collaborative studies with experts across the fields of stem cell biology, immunology, and cancer biology.

Selected Publications (from total of 111)

Framme C, Walter A, Berger L, Prahs P, Alt C, Theisen-Kunde D, Kowal J, Brinkmann R
Selective Retina Therapy in Acute and Chronic-Recurrent Central Serous Chorioretinopathy.
Ophthalmologica. 2015;234(4):177-188 - PMID: 26368551
Stein-Merlob AF, Kessinger CW, Erdem SS, Zelada H, Hilderbrand SA, Lin CP, Tearney GJ, Jaff MR, Reed GL, Henke PK, McCarthy JR, Jaffer FA
Blood Accessibility to Fibrin in Venous Thrombosis is Thrombus Age-Dependent and Predicts Fibrinolytic Efficacy: An In Vivo Fibrin Molecular Imaging Study.
Theranostics. 2015;5(12):1317-27 - PMID: 26516370 - PMCID: PMC4615735
Kong L, Tang J, Little JP, Yu Y, Lämmermann T, Lin CP, Germain RN, Cui M
Continuous volumetric imaging via an optical phase-locked ultrasound lens.
Nat Methods. 2015;12(8):759-762 - PMID: 26167641 - PMCID: PMC4551496
Li HW, Andreola G, Carlson AL, Shao S, Lin CP, Zhao G, Sykes M
Rapid Functional Decline of Activated and Memory Graft-versus-Host-Reactive T Cells Encountering Host Antigens in the Absence of Inflammation.
J Immunol. 2015;195(3):1282-92 - PMID: 26085679 - PMCID: PMC4506852
Pang Y, Tsigkou O, Spencer JA, Lin CP, Neville C, Grottkau B
Analyzing Structure and Function of Vascularization in Engineered Bone Tissue by Video-rate Intravital Microscopy and 3D Image Processing.
Tissue Eng Part C Methods. 2015;21(10):1025-1031 - PMID: 25962617 - PMCID: PMC4593976
Levy O, Mortensen LJ, Boquet G, Tong Z, Perrault C, Benhamou B, Zhang J, Stratton T, Han E, Safaee H, Musabeyezu J, Yang Z, Multon MC, Rothblatt J, Deleuze JF, Lin CP, Karp JM
A Small-Molecule Screen for Enhanced Homing of Systemically Infused Cells.
Cell Rep. 2015;10(8):1261-1268 - PMID: 25732817 - PMCID: PMC4361231
Kessinger CW, Kim JW, Henke PK, Thompson B, McCarthy JR, Hara T, Sillesen M, Margey RJ, Libby P, Weissleder R, Lin CP, Jaffer FA
Statins Improve the Resolution of Established Murine Venous Thrombosis: Reductions in Thrombus Burden and Vein Wall Scarring.
PLoS ONE. 2015;10(2):e0116621 - PMID: 25680183 - PMCID: PMC4334538
Mortensen LJ, Alt C, Turcotte R, Masek M, Liu TM, Côté DC, Xu C, Intini G, Lin CP
Femtosecond laser bone ablation with a high repetition rate fiber laser source.
Biomed Opt Express. 2014;6(1):32-42 - PMID: 25657872 - PMCID: PMC4317121
Lee SK, Mortensen LJ, Lin CP, Tung CH
An authentic imaging probe to track cell fate from beginning to end.
Nat Commun. 2014;5:5216 - PMID: 25323442
Teo GS, Yang Z, Carman CV, Karp JM, Lin CP
Intravital Imaging of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Trafficking and Association with Platelets and Neutrophils.
Stem Cells. 2014;33(1):265-277 - PMID: 25263183 - PMCID: PMC4270897
Turcotte R, Alt C, Mortensen LJ, Lin CP
Characterization of multiphoton microscopy in the bone marrow following intravital laser osteotomy.
Biomed Opt Express. 2014;5(10):3578-88 - PMID: 25360374 - PMCID: PMC4206326
Saez B, Ferraro F, Yusuf RZ, Cook CM, Yu VW, Pardo-Saganta A, Sykes SM, Palchaudhuri R, Schajnovitz A, Lotinun S, Lymperi S, Mendez-Ferrer S, Del Toro R, Day R, Vasic R, Acharya SS, Baron R, Lin CP, Yamaguchi Y, Wagers AJ, Scadden DT
Inhibiting stromal cell heparan sulfate synthesis improves stem cell mobilization and enables engraftment without cytotoxic conditioning.
Blood. 2014;124(19):2937-47 - PMID: 25202142 - PMCID: PMC4224192
Aceto N, Bardia A, Miyamoto DT, Donaldson MC, Wittner BS, Spencer JA, Yu M, Pely A, Engstrom A, Zhu H, Brannigan BW, Kapur R, Stott SL, Shioda T, Ramaswamy S, Ting DT, Lin CP, Toner M, Haber DA, Maheswaran S
Circulating tumor cell clusters are oligoclonal precursors of breast cancer metastasis.
Cell. 2014;158(5):1110-22 - PMID: 25171411 - PMCID: PMC4149753
Alt C, Runnels JM, Mortensen LJ, Zaher W, Lin C
In vivo imaging of microglia turnover in the mouse retina after ionizing radiation and dexamethasone treatment.
Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014;55(8):5314-5319 - PMID: 25082884
Wu JW, Runnels JM, Lin CP
Intravital imaging of hematopoietic stem cells in the mouse skull.
Methods Mol Biol. 2014;1185:247-65 - PMID: 25062634