Ryerson University has officially opened the doors to its new purpose-built Faculty of Science research facilities in the MaRS Discovery District. This space will help foster innovative collaboration, bringing together researchers previously located far from each other on campus.
The 20,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art collaborative space was designed by NXL Architects. It will house research teams conducting a variety of innovative projects on the topics of cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology and environmental toxicology.
“We’re thrilled to provide our researchers with new facilities to support and facilitate their research programs,” said the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Imogen R. Coe, in a press release. “These new facilities will allow collaborative and facilitated research, including more partnership opportunities, all of which are essential to scientific advancement.”
The facility is located on the 11th floor of the MaRS West Tower at 101 College Street. It includes an open-concept wet lab with research pods for synergistic programs. The facility has a suite of technologies, instruments and equipment designed to support cutting-edge scientific analysis. It also features common, shared, core facilities that are built into the space, allowing for more efficient use of equipment by members of all research labs.
“We’re proud to invest in this space to foster truly incredible research. As a university, our role must be to push boundaries in all scientific fields, and creating this facility gives the next generation of researchers an opportunity to make their mark,” said Mohamed Lachemi, Ryerson president and vice-chancellor. “Valuable research is done best when different groups can come together to share their expertise, and MaRS facilities will create an ecosystem that will do just that.”
Chemistry and Biology researchers joining the space include Costin Antonescu, Michael Arts, Roberto Botelho, Jeff Fillingham, Debora Foster, Joseph McPhee, Sarah Sabatinos and Warren Wakarchuk.