The research facility is the first campus expansion since ACOM opened in July 2013. The funding was made possible through donations tothe Foundation’s What If? Capital Campaign. ACOM will begin renovating an existing building on campus to house the fully-functional research facility.
The donation is the single largest gift the Foundation has given since its inception in 2007. To date, the Foundation has received more than $8 million in donations, with $3 million designated to the What If? Capital Campaign.
ACOM’s interests will focus on bench (basic science) research, clinical research, medical education research and translational research with the goal of impacting the field of medicine across all disciplines.
The initial plans for the 2,944-square-foot facility include a microbiology lab, tissue culture space, microscope room, histology and anatomy lab, chemical storage and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) room. ACOM will initially invest approximately $300,000 in scientific equipment for the space. The facility will provide ample space for ACOM faculty to begin research endeavors and continue previous research, as well as the ability to secure federal research grants for the college.