University Facilities

As we continue to grow our research enterprise, GW has established several state-of-the-art facilities to enable students and faculty to engage in research and strengthen new and existing relationships with influential science and technical organizations. For information on how to utilize these facilities, please contact our office. 

Nanofabrication and Imaging Center

Our Nanofabrication and Imaging Center (GWNIC) features state-of-the-art microscopy instrumentation and a newly-constructed Class 100 cleanroom. GWNIC provides university-wide core infrastructure for research spanning engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, public health, medicine and the biomedical sciences. Located in the heart of GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus, the GWNIC is a catalyst for cross-disciplinary collaboration. The center is available for use by our industry partners. To request instrument training or to receive more detailed descriptions of available equipment, please email [email protected].

Class 100 Nanofabrication Cleanroom

Located in the 500,000 sq. ft. Science and Engineering Hall, GWNIC integrates cutting edge instrumentation and customized support services for imaging, elemental analysis, materials characterization, measurement and fabrication. In the cleanest parts of this lab, each cubic foot of air will have no more than 100 particles larger than .5 microns, roughly one-tenth the width of a red blood cell, facilitating the creation of devices that measure mere billionths of a meter. Thanks to ideal technology from our technology partners such as Thermo Fisher (FEI), Raith, Leica, and PlasmaTherm, this clean room is equipped to handle the spectrum from material to life sciences research. GWNIC is available for external academic, industrial and governmental researchers.

Computational Biology Institute (CBI)

The Computational Biology Institute (CBI) is an interdisciplinary effort built on GW’s strengths in life sciences and computational science. By bringing together GW experts and scholars from partner institutions, CBI provides cutting edge research, enables broad educational activities in computational biology and provides computational biology services to university researchers and public and private partners.

High Bay

Located in the Science & Engineering Hall, this expansive, three-story clear height lab features an integrated reinforced “strong wall’ and “strong floor” which can be used to carry out a wide range of tests on large-scale structural components and assemblies of up to 100 million pounds of force. The lab includes a 20-ton double girder overhead roof crane, a dedicated loading bay at the mezzanine level, a concrete mixing room, an equipment room and a machine shop. Both undergraduate and graduate students are involved in experimental research programs performed in the High Bay Lab. 

GW Cancer Center

We are actively involved in a wide range of cancer-related activities, from basic science and clinical research to outstanding patient care and health policy. As a means of maintaining its commitment to expanding its efforts in the fight against cancer, GW leverages the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the GW Medical Faculty Associates, the GW Hospital, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health to re-focus and re-energize the university’s efforts in cancer research and patient care. For cancer research, these four organizational pillars have established a firm goal of obtaining NCI designation as a cancer center within 10 years; for cancer care, they seek to position GW and its cancer center as the providers of choice in the Washington, DC area.

Colonial One High Performance Computing 

For research needs that use high performance computing for data analysis, GW recently acquired and implemented a shared high performance computing cluster named Colonial One. Colonial One is implemented and managed by professional IT staff in the university’s Division of IT Technology, Architecture and Research Services Group (TARS) with university-sponsored computational staff housed in the Computational Biology Institute and Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

Virginia Science & Technology Campus (VSTC)

Established in 1991, the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus is a vital center for innovative research, graduate education, and corporate partnerships. The VSTC features centers of excellence in transportation safety, energy science, and high performance computing. Located in Ashburn, the campus is strategically positioned in the Northern Virginia technology corridor near Washington Dulles International Airport.