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Howard University Officially Opens Interdisciplinary Research Building

By Nicole Retland

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Washington, DC and University officials, faculty, students, staff, and others from the surrounding District of Columbia community gathered on April 15, 2016 to witness the official opening of the Howard University Interdisciplinary Research Building.

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Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick; Gary L. Harris, Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies and Dean, Graduate School; along with Anthony Wutoh, Provost and Chief Academic Officer; and others participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony of the HU Interdisciplinary Research Building.

On April 15, 2016, culminating Research Week, Howard University officially opened its new 80,000 square-foot mixed-use academic building. Below are important facts about the building.

Name of the Building: Interdisciplinary Research Building

Address of the Building: 2201 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20059

Square Footage: 80,000 square-foot mixed-use academic building. Includes wet and dry laboratories, instructional- space research support space, and centralized offices for faculty, students, and academic staff.

Energy & Environmental Design: Designed as an energy-efficient (Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) facility. The building has emergency back-up power to prevent loss or interruption in experiments.

Research Capacity: Incorporates cutting-edge technology and the latest educational, environmental and research standards to promote interdisciplinary collaboration. The only Class 10 clean room space in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Purpose: To inspire team science initiatives throughout campus that will promote collaborative, cross-disciplinary approaches to solving research questions about particular phenomena.

List of Occupants:

Principal Investigators Department Research
Dr. Emmanuel Akala Pharmacy Novel nanotechnology platform for breast cancer; drug development, nanomedicine
Dr. Xinbin Gu Dentistry Oral cancer disparities; natural compounds to inhibit the expression of cancer genes
Dr. Gary Harris Electrical Engineering Growth and characterization of electronic and optical materials, fabrication of semiconductor devices; applications of nanotechnology and quantum materials
Dr. Kimberly Jones Civil & Environmental Engineering Waste water treatment, water quality, contaminants and hazardous waste treatment, water filtration systems using graphene
Dr. Vernon Morris Atmospheric Sciences Field measurements of trace gases and aerosols in the urban environment, long-range transport of mineral dust aerosols, aerobiology, and environmental chemistry
Dr. Sergei Nekhai Sickle Cell Center Molecular virology research; HIV resistance in people with sickle cell disease; hemoglobin research; therapeutics for Ebola virus infection
Dr. Evaristus Nwulia Psychiatry Chemical processes behind mood disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
Dr. Emmanuel Akala Pharmacy Novel nanotechnology platform for breast cancer; drug development, nanomedicine
Dr. Amol Kulkarni Pharmacy Stereoselective synthesis of biologically active compounds; curcumin compounds for the treatment of HIV dementia
Dr. Qiyi Tang Microbiology Virology research, enhancement of herpes simplex virus
Dr. Karl Thompson Microbiology Bacterial genetics and bacterial pathogenesis
Dr. Paul Wang Radiology In vitro and in vivo nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), NMR imaging and spectroscopy studies of diseases including cancer, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases
Dr. Tongxin Wang Dentistry Bioactive dental composites with polymeric matrix; high strength bioresorbable composites for bone fixation and repair; oral-maxillofacial pathology

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