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

The George Washington University (GW) 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 at the heart of GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus, the GWNIC is a catalyst for cross-disciplinary collaboration. To request instrument training or to receive more detailed descriptions of available equipment, please email

Class 100 Nanofabrication Cleanroom

Located in the new 500,000 sq. ft. Science and Engineering Hall, 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. With the ideal technology from leaders such as FEI, Raith, Leica, and PlasmaTherm, this clean room is equipped to handle the spectrum from material to life sciences research.

Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI)

The George Washington University (GW) has established an innovative and comprehensive Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI) focusing on the needs of adolescents and adults. ANDI is a top GW priority and has the full support of senior leadership and affiliated faculty. ANDI's mission is to find answers and solutions for transitioning people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders into adulthood.

Computational Biology Institute (CBI)

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 lab features a reinforced "strong wall" to test the strength of enormous objects, like bridge beams.  The lab also includes a 20-ton crane, a dedicated loading dock and a machine shop.

GW Cancer Center

The George Washington University is 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 plans to leverage 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, and for cancer care, they seek to position GW and its cancer center as the providers of choice in the Washington, D.C. area.

To achieve these goals, GW leadership has embarked on the creation of the GW Cancer Center (GWCC), which will incorporate all existing cancer-related activities and serve as the platform for future development.

Colonial One High Performance Computing

For research needs that use high performance computing for data analysis, GW recently acquired and is in the process of implementing a new shared high performance computing cluster named Colonial One. Colonial One will be 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.