Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
June 3, 2014 - The Assisi Foundation of Memphis has awarded a $1.5 million lead grant
to the University of Memphis for construction of the BioHUB, a new bioscience research
building that will create a multidisciplinary space where students, scientists and
researchers can collaborate and produce ground-breaking developments.
“The University is increasingly being recognized as one of America’s great metropolitan
research universities,” said President M. David Rudd. “Our faculty members are engaged
in exciting, cutting-edge research — research that has a profound impact on the lives
of those in Memphis, the state of Tennessee and across the globe. This facility is
an essential part of our effort to grow research capacity to $100 million over the
The BioHUB will provide modern facilities to support research in biologic and biochemical
research, biomaterial and biodevice development, and behavioral neuroscience research.
For more than a decade, the BioHUB has been an essential part of the University’s
Campus Master Plan and is a crucial element of its accreditation in 2015. The state-of-the-art
facility will promote advanced, collaborative research, post-baccalaureate training
and undergraduate education.
The two-story, 68,500-sq. ft. BioHUB will be located along the eastern edge of the
main campus, close to existing laboratories and easily accessible to off-campus industry
The BioHUB will provide a four-fold increase in facility capacity and will allow high-performing
graduate students and renowned research faculty to better partner with local and national
scientists to advance current responses to a number of diseases and disorders that
The first floor will feature centralized animal facilities: cubicle housing (both
barrier and quarantine), conventional housing, a surgical suite, animal care support
space, and general support space for the animal facilities staff.
The second floor will employ a modularized, flexible laboratory design that advances
existing research and maximizes the potential for interdisciplinary research and collaboration,
including: the investigation of issues tied to understanding Alzheimer’s Disease,
cancer, Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s Disease , Autism Spectrum Disorders and other conditions
that will lead to therapeutic treatments; the advancement of tissue and bone regeneration
research and “smart” orthopedic implants that will allow soldiers wounded in combat
to return to more normal lives; and a focus on addictions research and sensor-based
interventions – and even prevention strategies – for patients who suffer from anxiety
and other emotional disorders.
The BioHUB will support the University’s planned growth in biomedical and behavioral
science research, resulting in an influx of additional federally funded research to
West Tennessee, and will allow the University to compete more effectively in the recruitment
of highly qualified faculty, postdoctoral associates, graduate students and undergraduates.
The total project cost of $36 million includes construction, non-movable equipment
and furnishing expenses. In addition to the lead grant from the Assisi Foundation,
the state of Tennessee and the University have committed $2 million in pre- and full-planning
funding for this project. To move forward to the construction phase, the University
needs to secure an additional $6.5 million by the end of this year in order to qualify
for $26 million in matching support from the state. The construction phase is estimated
to last 14 months and will conclude with an additional two-month move-in period for
furnishings and personnel.
For more information, visit www.memphis.edu/biohub.