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 137)

Tan X, Patil R, Bartosik P, Runnels JM, Lin CP, Niedre M
In Vivo Flow Cytometry of Extremely Rare Circulating Cells.
Sci Rep. 2019;9(1):3366 - PMID: 30833671 - PMCID: PMC6399281 - DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-40143-2
Cruz Hernández JC, Bracko O, Kersbergen CJ, Muse V, Haft-Javaherian M, Berg M, Park L, Vinarcsik LK, Ivasyk I, Rivera DA, Kang Y, Cortes-Canteli M, Peyrounette M, Doyeux V, Smith A, Zhou J, Otte G, Beverly JD, Davenport E, Davit Y, Lin CP, Strickland S, Iadecola C, Lorthois S, Nishimura N, Schaffer CB
Neutrophil adhesion in brain capillaries reduces cortical blood flow and impairs memory function in Alzheimer's disease mouse models.
Nat Neurosci. 2019;22(3):413-420 - PMID: 30742116 - DOI: 10.1038/s41593-018-0329-4
Paudel HP, Alt C, Runnels J, Lin CP
Pupil plane differential detection microscopy.
Opt Lett. 2018;43(18):4410-4412 - PMID: 30211877 - DOI: 10.1364/OL.43.004410
Vandoorne K, Rohde D, Kim HY, Courties G, Wojtkiewicz GR, Honold L, Hoyer FF, Frodermann V, Nayar R, Herisson FE, Jung Y, Désogère P, Vinegoni C, Caravan P, Weissleder R, Sosnovik DE, Lin CP, Swirski FK, Nahrendorf M
Imaging the Vascular Bone Marrow Niche During Inflammatory Stress.
Circ Res. 2018;123(4):415-427 - PMID: 29980569 - PMCID: PMC6202141 - DOI: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.118.313302
Shao L, Chang J, Feng W, Wang X, Williamson EA, Li Y, Schajnovitz A, Scadden D, Mortensen LJ, Lin CP, Li L, Paulson A, Downing J, Zhou D, Hromas RA
The Wave2 scaffold Hem-1 is required for transition of fetal liver hematopoiesis to bone marrow.
Nat Commun. 2018;9(1):2377 - PMID: 29915352 - PMCID: PMC6006146 - DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04716-5
Charan K, Li B, Wang M, Lin CP, Xu C
Fiber-based tunable repetition rate source for deep tissue two-photon fluorescence microscopy.
Biomed Opt Express. 2018;9(5):2304-2311 - PMID: 29760989 - PMCID: PMC5946790 - DOI: 10.1364/BOE.9.002304
Yeh SA, Wilk K, Lin CP, Intini G
In Vivo 3D Histomorphometry Quantifies Bone Apposition and Skeletal Progenitor Cell Differentiation.
Sci Rep. 2018;8(1):5580 - PMID: 29615817 - PMCID: PMC5882859 - DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-23785-6
Hartmann C, Patil R, Lin CP, Niedre M
Fluorescence detection, enumeration and characterization of single circulating cells in vivo: technology, applications and future prospects.
Phys Med Biol. 2017;63(1):01TR01 - PMID: 29240559 - PMCID: PMC5753400 - DOI: 10.1088/1361-6560/aa98f9
Hartmann C, Patil R, Lin CP, Niedre MJ
Fluorescence detection, enumeration and characterization of single circulating cells in vivo technology, applications and future prospects.
Phys Med Biol. 2017;:ePub - PMID: 29115281 - DOI: 10.1088/1361-6560/aa98f9
Park CO, Fu X, Jiang X, Pan Y, Teague JE, Collins N, Tian T, O'Malley JT, Emerson RO, Kim JH, Jung Y, Watanabe R, Fuhlbrigge RC, Carbone FR, Gebhardt T, Clark RA, Lin CP, Kupper TS
Staged development of long lived TCRαβ Th17 resident memory T cell population to Candida albicans after skin infection.
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017;142(2):647-662 - PMID: 29128674 - PMCID: PMC5943196 - DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2017.09.042
Tokarz D, Martins JS, Petit ET, Lin CP, Demay MB, Liu ES
Hormonal regulation of osteocyte perilacunar and canalicular remodeling in the Hyp mouse model of XLH.
J Bone Miner Res. 2017;33(3):499-509 - PMID: 29083055 - PMCID: PMC6005377 - DOI: 10.1002/jbmr.3327
Tokarz D, Cisek R, Wein MN, Turcotte R, Haase C, Yeh SA, Bharadwaj S, Raphael AP, Paudel H, Alt C, Liu TM, Kronenberg HM, Lin CP
Intravital imaging of osteocytes in mouse calvaria using third harmonic generation microscopy.
PLoS ONE. 2017;12(10):e0186846 - PMID: 29065178 - PMCID: PMC5655444 - DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0186846
Turcotte R, Alt C, Runnels JM, Ito K, Wu JW, Zaher W, Mortensen LJ, Silberstein L, Côté DC, Kung AL, Ito K, Lin CP
Image-guided transplantation of single cells in the bone marrow of live animals.
Sci Rep. 2017;7(1):3875 - PMID: 28634334 - PMCID: PMC5478633 - DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-02896-6
Lee J, Dykstra B, Spencer JA, Kenney LL, Greiner DL, Shultz LD, Brehm MA, Lin CP, Sackstein R, Rossi DJ
mRNA-mediated glycoengineering ameliorates deficient homing of human stem cell-derived hematopoietic progenitors.
J Clin Invest. 2017;127(6):2433-2437 - PMID: 28481220 - PMCID: PMC5451245 - DOI: 10.1172/JCI92030
Wilk K, Yeh SA, Mortensen LJ, Ghaffarigarakani S, Lombardo CM, Bassir SH, Aldawood ZA, Lin CP, Intini G
Postnatal Calvarial Skeletal Stem Cells Expressing PRX1 Reside Exclusively in the Calvarial Sutures and Are Required for Bone Regeneration.
Stem Cell Reports. 2017;8(4):933-946 - PMID: 28366454 - PMCID: PMC5390237 - DOI: 10.1016/j.stemcr.2017.03.002