New MSU Bio Engineering Facility Promotes Cross-Campus Research
While Michigan State University’s newly opened Bio Engineering Facility will bring together dozens of researchers from across the campus representing a wide range of disciplines, their mission will be the same: To conduct futuristic, cutting-edge research that will improve or even save the lives of millions of people around the globe.
Grand opening ceremonies for the 130,000-square-foot facility were held Oct. 27, marking the start of a new era of scientific research at MSU. “The Bio Engineering facility is more than just a building,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said. “It represents the enormous opportunity for discovery and the vast potential for knowledge advancement that can be unlocked through scientific collaboration.”
Primary tenants of the building will be faculty scientists from the colleges of Engineering, Human Medicine and Natural Science. The facility also will serve to facilitate collaboration among many other on-campus units, including nursing, osteopathic medicine, veterinary medicine and communication arts and sciences.
The building also will house the newly created Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering, an interdisciplinary research center devoted to basic and applied research, bringing together the life sciences, engineering, information science and other physical and mathematical sciences, as well as the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Christopher Contag, a pioneer in molecular imaging, has joined MSU as the inaugural director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering, and chairperson of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.