Marcel Bruchez

Director, MBIC


Professor, Chemistry and Biological Sciences


Dr. Bruchez develops new approaches to paint living cells and organisms to reveal their inner workings. As a graduate student, he modified quantum dots – nanometer-sized crystal particles – so that they could be used to tag proteins and label cells. After graduate school, he founded Quantum Dot Corporation, which grew these materials into a significant and commercially successful tool for single molecule biological detection and for multicolor analysis of cells, ultimately acquired by Invitrogen Corporation. At Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Bruchez is extending the limits of fluorescent microscopy and fluorescent probes, and is applying these tools to the study of how protein synthesis, trafficking and degradation is coordinated and regulated in biological systems, and using photochemical tools to measure and manipulate biological processes in living organisms.

Dr. Bruchez holds 30 patents, has published 74 peer-reviewed papers and has received numerous recognitions for his work. Science recognized his development of quantum dots for biological detection as one of the Top Ten Scientific Innovations of 2003. In 2006, Dr. Bruchez received the Lord Rank Prize for Optoelectronics for “realization of quantum dot nanocrystals as biological labels.”

Dr. Bruchez received a B.S. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley.

Phone: (412) 268-9661
Dr. Bruchez’s Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Students


Biologists

Lydia Perkins

Ph.D. Student,
Biological Sciences

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Daniel Ackerman

Ph.D. Student,
Biological Sciences

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Iris Yang

Ph.D. Student,
Biological Sciences

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Chemists

Alex Carpenter

Ph.D. Student,
Chemistry

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Dmytro Kolodieznyi

Ph.D. Student,
Chemistry

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Huaxia Shi

Visiting Ph.D. Student,
Chemistry

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Pingping Liang

Visiting Ph.D. Student,
Chemistry

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Scientists and Postdocs


Brigitte Schmidt, PHD

Senior Chemist

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XIAOHONG TAN, PHD

Postdoctoral Scholar,
Chemistry

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Cheryl Telmer, PHD

Senior Molecular Biologist

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Christopher Szent-Gyorgyi, PHD

Senior Molecular Biologist

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GREG FISHER, PHD

Senior Cell Biologist

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Dorsin Chang

Molecular Biologist

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Alumni

Taylor Canady, PhD 2017 (Institute of genomic biology Fellow with Prof. Brian Cunningham and Prof. Andrew Smith in liquid biopsy, UIUC)
Matharishwan Naganbabu, PhD 2017 (Postdoc with Evan Miller,  UC Berkeley)
Bruce Feldman, MS 2017 (Engineer III, Sunrise Labs)
Chris Pratt, PhD 2016 (Postdoc with Peter Penzes lab, dept. of physiology Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University)
Jianjun He, PhD 2016 (Scientist, Abmart)
Yi Wang, PhD 2015 (Postdoc with Ellis Reinherz, Harvard University)
Jonathan deWerd, MS 2015 (Software Engineer, Sensus)
Saumya Saurabh, PhD 2014 (Postdoc with W.E. Moerner, Stanford University)
Anmol Grover, PhD 2013 (Consultant, Putnam Associates)
Suvrajit Maji, PhD 2012 (Postdoc with Joachim Frank, Columbia University)
Qi Yan, PhD 2012 (Biology Director, Sharp Edge Labs)
Rowena Mittal, PhD 2010 (Product and VC Consulting, R.Mittal Consulting)