The third and fourth phases of the Structural Biology Center were officially dedicated October 23, 2008. The $22.2 million, 44,000-square-foot core laboratory facility is devoted to the advancement of biomedical and bioscience research. The structure is adjacent to KU’s new Multidisciplinary Research Building (MRB), and extends west from the initial SBC building completed in 2004.
Among the dignitaries who spoke at the dedication were Sen. Pat Roberts, Rep. Nancy Boyda and Rep. Dennis Moore.
“The SBC is a tremendous asset for KU and our bioscience researchers,” said Steve Warren, vice provost for research and graduate studies. “The original building was a major and much-needed addition to KU’s research infrastructure. The new wings are an even greater investment, and the timing couldn’t have been better.”
One wing of the addition will house the recently announced Specialized Chemistry Center, backed by a five-year, $20.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The existence of the Structural Biology Center was a contributing factor to the success of the grant proposal. The other new wing was built specifically to support the labs and students of Blake Peterson, who joined the KU faculty this year as a Kansas Bioscience Authority “Eminent Scholar.”
The Structural Biology Center also houses an NIH-funded Center of Excellence in Chemical Methodologies and Library Development and the High-Throughput Screening Laboratory. It also contains the Center for Cancer Experimental Therapeutics, an NIH-funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence.