About Us

About: Biomedical Imaging


The Howard University Molecular Imaging Lab supports discovery, learning and interdisciplinary research using advanced imaging technology for the research community in Howard University and the Washington DC area.


  • To provide state-of-the-art instrumentation, technical expertise and services for molecular, cellular and in vivo imaging
  • To offer student and faculty training opportunities in biomedical imaging sciences through methodology-centered seminars, workshops, mini-courses and internships
  • To foster new interdisciplinary research collaborations using modern imaging techniques

Research Focus Areas

Imaging of Disease Animal Models
  • Tumor Models (breast, prostate, melanoma, head and neck cancers)
  • Disease Models (Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease)
Neuroscience Imaging
  • Functional Imaging
  • Developmental Disability and Acquired Brain Disorders
  • Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Disorders of Mental Health (nicotine addiction, neurochemical anatomy)
Image Processing and Data Analysis
  • High-throughput Image Data Analysis
  • Feature Detection and Pattern Recognition in Medical Images
  • Deep Learning in Medical Imaging
  • Development of Nanoparticles (therapeutic / diagnostic agents, targeted drug delivery)
  • Safety and Toxicity of Nanoparticle Usage
Pharmacological Applications
  • Drug Development, Translational Studies (muscle dystrophy, Schizophrenia)
  • In vivo Drug Metabolism (pharmacokinetics, multidrug interaction in CNS)
In Vitro Cell Imaging
  • Endocytosis of nanoparticles on intact Cells (mechanism of targeting)
  • Elucidation of Metabolic Pathways (molecular imaging)