We develop advanced molecular imaging solutions to improve diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of therapeutic response in cancer and other diseases.


Preclinical Research

The DaCosta research team develops new optical imaging tools, in the fields of intravital microscopy and molecular probes, which are used in specialized animal models of human cancers. These innovative tools enable us to visualize and quantify biological processes and therapy-induced changes in the living tumor. We capture a tumor’s dynamic microenvironment in vivo, over time, at single cell level producing award winning images.

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Clinical Research

The DaCosta lab is focused on bringing innovative solutions to clinical problems with the goal of improving patient care and outcomes. We rely on our clinical partners to frame the problems patients and clinicians experience today and look to offer effective, easily implementable solutions. The DaCosta lab is focused on developing diagnostic, treatment monitoring and guidance imaging tools for use in clinics and operating rooms.

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Clinical Trials

The DaCosta lab has completed over six PI-sponsored medical device clinical trials at UHN and collaborating centers across the Greater Toronto Area. From first-in-human prototype testing, to interventional device trials, our multidisciplinary team has extensive experience moving new devices from our translation research team through clinical testing across multiple indications with a focus on oncology and diabetic wound healing.

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Meet the Team
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Congratulations to Zuha for her Acceptance into Medical School!
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We are excited to announce that Zuha, a former research student at…

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Welcome Back Summer Students!
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We are very excited to welcome our students back to the lab…

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Welcome New Graduate Student!
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We are excited to welcome a new graduate student, Sadaf Mazhab Jafari,…

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