Advancing our understanding of the brain through the development and application of molecular imaging agents

About Us

The Martinos Center Chemical Neuroscience program operates using an academic cooperative research model comprising faculty who share the philosophy that diseases of the human brain are uniquely human. Our collective mission is to advance the study of the living human brain through the development and application of new molecular imaging technologies. The cooperative faculty and their associated labs bring unique expertise to translation of technology from basic chemistry through human imaging and subsequent applications to understand human brain function during health and disease. Each lab has its own focus areas and we work together to augment one another’s capabilities. By leveraging resources collectively, our cooperative model provides efficiencies typically lacking in academic research. We hope that we can bring new insights into the human brain that ultimately help drive neurotherapeutic strategies.
  • Radiochemistry Methodology

    Radiochemistry Methodology

  • Medicinal Chemistry

    Medicinal Chemistry

  • Biochemistry


  • Cell Biology

    Cell Biology

  • Pharmacology


  • Translational Imaging

    Translational Imaging

  • Human (Disease) Imaging

    Human (Disease) Imaging

  • Imaging Methodology

    Imaging Methodology

Ph.D. Chemistry

Jacob Hooker

Ph.D. Chemistry
Ph.D. Neuroscience

Nicole Zürcher Wimmer

Ph.D. Neuroscience
Ph.D. Molecular imaging

Changning Wang

Ph.D. Molecular imaging
Ph.D. Medical Physics

Hsiao-Ying (Monica) Wey

Ph.D. Medical Physics
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry

Michael Placzek

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry