Lai Ding, PhD

Senior Imaging Scientist 

Lai Ding is the Senior Imaging Scientist at the NeuroTechnology Studio and the first member of its team of scientists.


Previously, Dr. Ding served for ten years as manager of the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center’s Enhanced Neuroimaging Core, providing comprehensive optical imaging service and technical expertise to research groups across the Harvard Longwood community with a focus on neurodegenerative disease.


Dr. Ding received his BS in Physics and Mathematics from University of Science and Technology of China in 1998 and his PhD in Biophysics from Rice University in 2004.  Ding’s doctoral research investigated bacterial membrane structure and its interaction with peptides using various indirect imaging methodologies, including X-ray diffraction and neutron scattering. After receiving his PhD, Ding managed the Tufts Center for Neuroscience imaging facility for two years before joining the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center. Dr. Ding also has served as instructor for two imaging courses at the Harvard Extension School and Harvard Summer School since 2010.