Shalin Mehta
Shalin Mehta
Staff Scientist, University of Chicago & Marine Biological Laboratory

7 MBL Street, L110
Woods Hole, MA 02543

email: shalin.mehta [at] gmail [dot] com
twitter: @mattersoflight

I develop microscopes and computational algorithms to visualize invisible biological processes. My current work focuses on imaging molecular order in living systems at scales ranging from single molecules to sub-cellular assemblies to tissues. 

During my PhD with Colin Sheppard at National University of Singapore, I developed models and microscopes for high-resolution imaging of live cells without an external label. First as an HFSP postdoctoral fellow with Rudolf Oldenbourg and Tomomi Tani, and later as Assistant Research Scientist at Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, I have developed new imaging and computational methods that reveal molecular order in living systems. We exploit a property of light not visible to human eye, but as fundamental as color and brightness, called polarization, to measure molecular order below the resolution limit of the microscope. At present, I focus on integrating approaches from optics, computation, and biology to study emergence of molecular order in three-dimensional cells and tissues.

Here is my publication profile on Google Scholar, and my LinkedIn profile. My recent work has been covered by MBL news, University of Chicago news, Gizmodo, BioTechniquesOptics & Photonics News, and Human Frontier Science Program.