Michael Smith Laboratories
- 2185 East Mall
- Original construction: 1987
Expansion and renovation:
- $30 million
- Sources of funds:
- B.C. Knowledge Development Fund; Canadian Foundation for Innovation,
which assists universities in developing research infrastructure;
Stewart Blusson; other private donors.
- Architectural features:
- This is a 7,400-square-metre,
two-storey facility. Curving, coloured ribbons of glass spanning the
36-metre front window represent a DNA sequence particular to the research
of UBC's Dr. Michael Smith, awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
Includes a teaching lab and a 100-seat lecture theatre.
- Name history:
- Originally named the Biotechnology Laboratory, it was re-named after
the late Dr. Michael Smith, Nobel Prize winner and professor from UBC,
to recognize his extraordinary achievements and contribution.
- Use history:
- Biotechnology Laboratory, Bioinformatics Centre.
- This building houses the Biotechnology Laboratory
which was originally founded by Smith in 1987. This laboratory focuses
on research about human and animal molecular genetics, plant and forestry
molecular genetics, and fermentation and bio-process engineering.There
are 17 full-time and associate faculty members and almost 100 post-doctoral
fellows, research associates and graduate students.
The building is the first on campus
to use Voice Over IP, a technology that allows voice and data to travel
on the same infrastructure so that researchers can plug in computers anywhere
in the building, giving greater mobility between interdisciplinary labs
and lowering operating costs.
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