Resource Labs


Intravital Microscopy Lab

The CIID Intravital Microscopy Lab is dedicated to the dynamic visualization of cellular processes in vivo in small animals using multiphoton excitation fluorescence microscopy.

The primary focus of the Intravital Microscopy Lab is on the study of immunological processes, such as immune cell migration and cell-cell interactions in lymphoid organs and peripheral tissues, in mouse experimental models.

The Intravital Microscopy Lab is directed by Thorsten Mempel, MD, PhD, a Principal Investigator of the Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases. All of Dr. Mempel's lab members have specialized expertise in various mouse models for intravital microscopy-based investigations.

Principal Investigator:

  • Thorsten Mempel, MD, PhD

Junior Faculty:

  • Francesco Marangoni, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Esteban Carrizosa, PhD
  • Edward Kim, PhD

Research Technician:

  • Noor Ali Akbar

The CIID Intravital Microscopy Lab is situated on the 6th floor of Building 149 in the Charlestown Navy Yard. It consists of a microsurgical facility and an adjacent dedicated multiphoton microscopy room.


The multiphoton microscopy system consists of two Spectra-Physics MaiTai HP femtosecond pulsed infrared lasers and a Prairie Technologies Ultima IV upright laser scanning microscope equipped with a 4 channel detection system.

The Mempel laboratory welcomes opportunities for productive collaborations with members of the MGH research community.

Please contact Dr. Thorsten Mempel by e-mail ( or phone (617-724-4596).