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Rockefeller University Planning a New $240 Million Research Building

Posted by Anita Zhang on Fri, May 16, 2014

This month Rockefeller University announced plans to build a 160,000-square-foot research facility that will extend the campus over to Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive and East River Esplanade. The $240 million project plans to modernize a laboratory building and invest in other local constructions to benefit the community.

The new laboratory building, River Building, will serve as a replacement for approximately 75 existing labs that have long been overdue for improvement. In addition, it will be home to 26 additional new laboratories and provide space for 440 researchers who are working in areas such as neuroscience, genomics, immunology, structural biology and biophysics.

The new facility will provide the infrastructure for Rockefeller University researchers to conduct their best work and help attract top scientific talents to Rockefeller to support cutting edge biomedical research in the university.

Viewed from the west, the new building will conform to the existing contours of the campus. It will also include a landscaped green roof with two glass pavilions, one for offices and one for a cafeteria.

As part of the $240 million plan, Rockefeller University will also provide $8 million to fix the sea wall that supports the five-block waterfront esplanade to benefit the local community. The money will also be used to add new landscaping, seating, and a bike lane. Over the years the university has contributed a great deal to neighborhood improvements. In 1998, for instance, the university financed the construction of a $5 million pedestrian bridge over the drive at East 63rd Street.

Rockefeller University is not only generous to its neighborhood, but also spends a great deal on research each year. In 2013, the university spent around $130 million on research focusing on:

  • Chemical and Structural Biology
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Immunology, Virology and Micobiology
  • Medical Science, Systems Physiology and Human Genetics
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Neurosciences and Behavior
  • Organismal Biology, Evolution, Ethology and Ecology
  • Physical, Mathematical and Computational Biology
  • Stem Cells, Development, Regeneration and Aging

Rockefeller University’s future budget will largely depend upon ongoing research programs, strong endowment performance, continued success in fundraising, and securing sponsored research grants. The money will be used for both clinical and basic research and the study of a diverse range of biological and biomedical problems to improve the understanding of life.

Rockefeller University fosters a collaborative and friendly research environment for researchers and allows them to seek the best and newest research tools and equipments available with the greatest degree of freedom as possible. 

If you are a laboratory company and would like the opportunity to distribute samples of your products and deliver lectures to Rockefeller researchers, please join the 18th Semiannual BioResearch Product Faire™ Event on October 1st 2014.


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Each year more than 500 research professionals are attracted to the BioResearch Product Faire™ Event at Rockefeller University. Of these attendees, 27% are purchasing agents, professors and post docs, and 10% are lab managers.

Please click the button below for information about the BioResearch Product Faire™ Event at Rockefeller University on October 1st 2014:



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There are more BioResearch Product Faire™ Events available at different institutions throughout the nation. Please read the National Show Schedule for 2014.



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