Facilities & Environment

Our Building
  • An award winning facility that reflects the creativity and vision of the scientific work within it
  • Platinum-level LEED certification for “green” building construction and operations
  • On-site cafeteria and library 
  • Interior design that reflects the diversity of the Institute’s staff 
  • The ceilings are glass, but the sky’s the limit 
  • Open-lab work environment fosters meaningful interactions and promotes collaborations
  • Laboratory benches specially designed for VARI by Steelcase Corporation 
  • Shared glassware and procurement services for efficiency and economy
Special Program (Core) Laboratories

The core laboratories of VARI provides students with access to and training in specialized expertise and exceptional equipment. These laboratories can analyze a sample from a morphological or genomic perspective in an efficient, timely and precise manner. 

  • Visualize a protein’s location in cells, tissues, or live animals using light or fluorescence microscopy, or PET and CT scanning instruments
  • Define patterns of gene expression using multiple genomic platforms and bioinformatics analysis 
  • Build a transgenic or knockout mouse to show how a given protein functions in a living organism  
  • Analyze human tissue and molecular samples to show clinical relevance