Areas of Research-Mellon College of Science - Carnegie Mellon University

MCS faculty are advancing the leading edge of science, conducting research in a diverse range of fields. To learn more about research being completed by MCS faculty, visit the departments of biological sciences, chemistry, mathematical sciences and physics' research pages. 

Our faculty also participate in a number of multidisciplinary projects in the following areas:

 image of brainBiotechnology and Health

MCS researchers are providing a better understanding of the human condition. They are improving our understanding of the development and progression of Alzheimer’s Disease, developing new treatments for epilepsy, improving the effectiveness of existing cancer therapies and studying the inner-workings of the brain.

simulation of galaxiesCosmology and Particle Physics

MCS physicists are searching to solve the deepest mysteries of the cosmos, using the latest tools to gain a better understanding of the universe, its beginnings and the nature of dark matter and dark energy. Our researchers are completing some of the most advanced work in cosmology using computer simulations and are partnering in large international collaborations like the Large Hadron Collider and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

TAML moleculeGreen Chemistry and the Environment

Home of the first college course in Green Chemistry, MCS has long been a leader in the field. Our professors are innovators in teaching green chemistry, leaders in influencing legislation and vanguards in creating new materials and technologies to green our environment.

 Mathematical Finance

Combining Carnegie Mellon’s expertise in mathematics, business and computer science, MCS mathematicians and alumni are using mathematics to better understand how financial markets work, devise new methods to make them more efficient and determine how they should be regulated.  Faculty are currently investigating the term structure of interest rates, stochastic calculus models of asset prices and portfolio optimization, and determination of derivative security prices.


MCS is home to some of the world’s leading scientists who have invented revolutionary synthetic processes and designed versatile polymers and nanoparticles for many applications. Innovative nanomaterials are being created and studied by MCS chemists and physicists for use in solar cells, antimicrobial surfaces, biosensors, data storage and bioimaging.