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 in 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 [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 leaders such as 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.

Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI)

As the lead site of National Institutes of Health's Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) Mid-Atlantic network, ANDI harnesses the expertise of its researchers and clinicians to provide top-notch clinical services to patients in  DC and Northern Virginia. It connects faculty, families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and policymakers to tackle tough questions that will improve our understanding of ASD. Despite more than 3.5 milion Americans living with this disorder, there is still significant mystery to its causes and which treatments are most effective. By combining science, evidence-based treatments and smart policy, ANDI addresses the complex issues and creates better outcomes and futures for those living with ASD.

Computational Biology Institute (CBI)

The Computational Biology Institute (CBI) at GW is an interdisciplinary effort built on GW’s strengths in life sciences and computational science, in addition to the wealth of research centers in the Washington, DC area. 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

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; for cancer care, they seek to position GW and its cancer center as the providers of choice in the Washington, DC 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 implemented a 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.