The 3,022-square-foot graduate teaching laboratory on the second floor of the Morehouse School of Medicine’s Hugh Gloster Building, provides graduate students with a much-needed site for early hands-on training in key laboratory skills that they can carry with them as they pursue their advanced biomedical research.
Lord, Aeck & Sargent designed the graduate teaching laboratory to provide a dedicated space for the graduate students. It provides them with their own environment for learning basic lab research techniques such as the use of fume hoods, tissue cultures, electrophoresis and Western blotting.
The $500,000 graduate teaching laboratory design was created based on the project-based active learning concept, where technology supports team learning. Teams of six grad students work together surrounded by four monitors set up around the lab perimeter. A large monitor at the front of the room allows the professor to display an image from one team’s work so that all the other teams can see.
The flexibility of the graduate teaching laboratory space has also allowed the lab to be used for students in MSM’s pipeline programs in order to encourage and prepare high school and college students to pursue higher education and careers in the sciences.
The graduate teaching laboratory – which also includes spaces for students to store equipment, study, eat and interact – was funded from Title III money and private donations.