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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  • 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.
  • Lorenz-Guertin, JM, Wilcox, MR, Zhang, M, Larsen, MB, Pilli, J, Schmidt, BF, Bruchez, MP, Johnson, JW, Waggoner, AS, Watkins, SC, Jacob, TC. A versatile optical tool for studying synaptic GABAA receptor trafficking. J. Cell. Sci. 2017; 130 (22):3933-3945. PubMed PMID:29025969.
  • Tan, X, Constantin, TP, Sloane, KL, Waggoner, AS, Bruchez, MP, Armitage, BA. Fluoromodules Consisting of a Promiscuous RNA Aptamer and Red or Blue Fluorogenic Cyanine Dyes: Selection, Characterization, and Bioimaging. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017; 139 (26):9001-9009. PubMed PMID:28644615.
  • Gallo, E, Jarvik, JW. Breaking the color barrier - a multi-selective antibody reporter offers innovative strategies of fluorescence detection. J. Cell. Sci. 2017; 130 (15):2644-2653. PubMed PMID:28615413.
  • Shiwarski, DJ, Darr, M, Telmer, CA, Bruchez, MP, Puthenveedu, MA. PI3K class II α regulates δ-opioid receptor export from the trans-Golgi network. Mol. Biol. Cell. 2017; 28 (16):2202-2219. PubMed PMID:28566554.

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Professor Marcel Bruchez


Carnegie Mellon University
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Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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