Carnegie Mellon University

Marcel Bruchez

Marcel Bruchez

Professor, Biological Sciences
Director, Molecular Biosensors and Imaging Center, Biological Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University
Molecular Biosensors and Imaging Center
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Marcel Bruchez is a Professor for Biological Sciences and Chemistry as well as the Director for the Molecular Biosensors and Imaging Center. 

Bruchez played a key role in developing quantum dots, nanometer-sized particles that can be used to tag proteins and label cells, a technology that was named one of Science Magazine’s Top Ten Scientific Innovations of 2003. Bruchez was also named one of the Top 100 Young Innovators by Technology Review Magazine in 2004.


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (Physical Chemistry)
Quantum Dot Corporation, Founder


Bruchez develops novel fluorescent probes that can be used to view and monitor cell protein activity in living systems. He is currently developing technologies that will allow researchers to study protein synthesis, folding, trafficking, synapse formation and activity in the brains of living subjects.