Mikhail G. Shapiro
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering; Heritage Principal Investigator Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Chemical Engineering
Research InterestsMolecular and cellular engineering; Non-invasive imaging and control of biological function; Neuroscience; Nanotechnology; Synthetic biology
Assistant: Irina Meininger
The Shapiro group develops molecular technologies for noninvasive imaging and control of cellular function, and uses these technologies to study basic biology and create cellular diagnostics and therapeutics.
Many important biological processes occur deep inside living organisms. Their study requires technologies to image and manipulate cellular and molecular function non-invasively. To develop such technologies, we pursue fundamental advances at the interface of molecular and cellular engineering with various forms of energy: magnetic, mechanical, thermal and chemical. Our work takes advantage of naturally evolved biological structures with unique physical properties, which we use as starting points for engineering.
Our key biophysical methods include magnetic resonance and ultrasound, and our primary biological interests are in neuroscience, microbiology and immunology.