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.

Group Members

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


Facilities & Equipment

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.

Getting Started

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

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