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Integrated Life Sciences Building

Integrated Life Sciences Building

The Integrated Life Sciences Building was constructed in 2008 and is located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. The 79,000 sq. ft. facility is owned and leased to the university by the Virginia Tech Foundation.  It houses 22 researchers from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Natural Resources, College of Science, and College of Veterinary Medicine.  Their research interests include virology, cancer, obesity, and food science.  Matt Hulver, associate professor of human nutrition, foods and exercise, is the Fralin Life Science Institute principal scientist responsible for general oversight of the building and coordination.

A large atrium with informal meeting spaces is located in the center of the Integrated Life Sciences Building, along with a seminar room with video conferencing capabilities. Spacious main laboratories, connected by equipment corridors, are located around the periphery of the building to let in natural light and provide a stimulating work environment. Between the main laboratories and the equipment corridors are shared specialty laboratories, including tissue culture rooms, fume hood rooms and microscopy rooms.  Office space for investigators, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students is located on the west end of the building, and allows researchers a quiet space away from the laboratories to focus on data analysis or writing of grants and scientific papers.

Scientific resources in the building include the Virginia Tech Crystallography Laboratory, which assists the university community with small molecule structure determination. Researchers associated with the laboratory conduct interdisciplinary research and teach crystallography to students and faculty. There is also an Advanced Separation and Imaging of Living Cells Facility available for cell manipulation and sorting, data analysis, consultation, instrument training, experiment troubleshooting, lectures and workshops.  An 11,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art vivarium is located on the ground floor.