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Ralph Weissleder's Lab

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The Lab has a unique operation. We have always focused on selecting ideas that would have the greatest positive impact for humanity (for some current projects see here). Our primary focus is to:

  • Obtain a deeper understanding of human biology in health and disease
  • Translate new biological understanding into clinically useful diagnostics
  • Identify new therapeutic approaches and drug targets
The lab uses a variety of tools and platforms (bioimaging, chemical biology, bioengineering) for data acquisition. In general, we aim at obtaining:
  • Quantitative in vivo measurements
  • Systems-wide global measurements
  • Dynamic, serial measurements
  • An fine-grained understanding of in vivo function
We strongly encourage an unusual interdisciplinary approach, fostering collaboration between scientists and clinicians from diverse backgrounds. This convergence approach has led to many exciting discoveries and innovations at the Weissleder Lab.

Recent Publications (more...)

Miller MA, Weissleder R
Imaging of anticancer drug action in single cells
Nat Rev Cancer. 2017;17:399–414
Miller MA, Chandra R, Cuccarese MF, Pfirschke C, Engblom C, Stapleton S, Adhikary U, Kohler RH, Mohan JF, Pittet MJ, Weissleder R
Radiation therapy primes tumors for nanotherapeutic delivery via macrophage-mediated vascular bursts
Sci Transl Med. 2017;9(392):eaal0225 - PMID: 28566423
Yang KS*, Im H*, Hong S, Pergolini I, Del Castillo AF, Wang R, Clardy S, Huang CH, Pille C, Ferrone S, Yang R, Castro CM, Lee H, Del Castillo CF, Weissleder R
Multiparametric plasma EV profiling facilitates diagnosis of pancreatic malignancy
Sci Transl Med. 2017;9(391):eaal3226 - PMID: 28539469
Jeong S, Eskandari R, Park SM, Alvarez J, Tee SS, Weissleder R, Kharas MG, Lee H, Keshari KR
Real-time quantitative analysis of metabolic flux in live cells using a hyperpolarized micromagnetic resonance spectrometer.
Sci Adv. 2017;3(6):e1700341 - PMID: 28630930 - PMCID: PMC5473678

Recent News (more...)

2017-06-15: Ralph Weissleder, MD, PhD is in the top 100 of Highly Cited Researchers.
2017-05-19: Sean Arlauckas of the Weissleder lab won the Tayyaba Hasan, PhD ORCD Poster of Prestige Award for top abstract at this year’s MGH Research Fellow Poster Celebration. The prize recognizes outstanding contributions to the MGH research enterprise.
2017-05-16: "It happens every day, in exam rooms across the country, something that would have been unthinkable 20 years ago: Doctors and nurses turn away from their patients and focus their attention elsewhere — on their computer screens......" - WBUR Commentary
2017-04-20: Science features CSB research on macrophages in the heart - (pdf)