The Molecular Biosensor and Imaging Center at Carnegie Mellon University is a collaboration of biologists, chemists, and imaging scientists developing fluorescence technologies for biomedical applications. MBIC is an innovative research environment that focuses on development and application of new scientific tools. MBIC technologies are used in drug discovery, neuroscience, biomedical imaging and cancer biology programs through a variety of partnerships. Technologies launched from MBIC include the Cyanine Dyes (Cy3, Cy5, Cy7), High Content Screening (Cellomics, Inc), Difference In-Gel Electrophoresis (DIGE), Qdots for In-vivo imaging, Fluorogen Activating Proteins, and DNA Nanotags.

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  • Lin, Y, Schmidt, BF, Bruchez, MP, McManus, CJ. Structural analyses of NEAT1 lncRNAs suggest long-range RNA interactions that may contribute to paraspeckle architecture. Nucleic Acids Res. 2018; :. PubMed PMID:29394378.
  • Perkins, LA, Fisher, GW, Naganbabu, M, Schmidt, BF, Mun, F, Bruchez, MP. High-Content Surface and Total Expression siRNA Kinase Library Screen with VX-809 Treatment Reveals Kinase Targets that Enhance F508del-CFTR Rescue. Mol. Pharm. 2018; :. PubMed PMID:29384380.
  • Bruchez, MP. DNA nanostructures: Through, rather than across. Nat Mater. 2018; 17 (2):112-113. PubMed PMID:29358770.
  • Perkins, LA, Yan, Q, Schmidt, BF, Kolodieznyi, D, Saurabh, S, Larsen, MB, Watkins, SC, Kremer, L, Bruchez, MP. Genetically Targeted Ratiometric and Activated pH Indicator Complexes (TRApHIC) for Receptor Trafficking. Biochemistry. 2018; 57 (5):861-871. PubMed PMID:29283245.
  • Orenstein, A, Berlyoung, AS, Rastede, EE, Pham, HH, Fouquerel, E, Murphy, CT, Leibowitz, BJ, Yu, J, Srivastava, T, Armitage, BA, Opresko, PL. γPNA FRET Pair Miniprobes for Quantitative Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization to Telomeric DNA in Cells and Tissue. Molecules. 2017; 22 (12):. PubMed PMID:29207465.
  • Pratt, CP, Kuljis, DA, Homanics, GE, He, J, Kolodieznyi, D, Dudem, S, Hollywood, MA, Barth, AL, Bruchez, MP. Tagging of Endogenous BK Channels with a Fluorogen-Activating Peptide Reveals β4-Mediated Control of Channel Clustering in Cerebellum. Front Cell Neurosci. 2017; 11 :337. PubMed PMID:29163049.

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Professor Marcel Bruchez


Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Phone: 412-268-3461
Fax: 412-268-6571