Most frequently referred to as Berkeley Lab, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory performs state-of-the-art, scientific research for the Department of Energy (DOE). With thirteen Nobel Prizes associated with the lab, Berkeley Lab has distinguished themselves as one of the most renowned laboratories in the country, tackling some of the most pressing scientific problems that face humankind.
One way to help them in their quest was to build an entirely new Integrated Genomics Building (IGB) to help bring together researchers from the DOE and those from the Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase).
Completed in 2019, the IGB cost an estimated $91.5 million. Nevertheless, it was money well-spent. With modern facilities and utilities, the IGB provides the researchers at Berkeley Lab with a flexible yet stable environment to perform necessary and sensitive research. At 77,000 gross square feet, it also offers the space required to house high performance computers that are needed to support scientific discovery.
The IGB is also built specifically to help with collaboration amongst scientists—key to furthering current and future research. Said Biosciences Associate Laboratory Director Jay Keasling: “The IGB will drive new research synergies and operational efficiencies with [DOE] and KBase housed together…Our IGB team will also have easier access to UC Berkeley, where we already have dozens of research collaborations and where there will be many new opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral mentoring.”
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