Virginia Commonwealth University’s Eugene P. and Lois E. Trani Center for Life Sciences fosters interdisciplinary research and instruction. The building houses the Department of Biology, the Center for Environmental Studies, the Center for the Study of Biological Complexity, a satellite lab of the Nucleic Acid Research Facility, the Bioinformatics Computational Core Laboratory Suite, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Life Sciences.
EAL was founded in 2007 with a mission to provide centralized analytical services to VCU faculty and graduate students engaged in environmental research. Users of the facility include faculty from the Department of Biology and Center for Environmental Studies. EAL is self-supported through fees charged for sample analyses which offset costs associated with labor, supplies, and equipment maintenance. The EAL performs analyses principally associated with water quality monitoring including measurements of various fractions of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus, as well as indicators of algal abundance and algal toxins. EAL holds state VELAP accreditation. Core instruments include a Skalar segmented flow analyzer, a Schimadzu TOC analyzer, a Turner Designs fluorometer and a Perkin-Elmer CHN analyzer. EAL employs a full-time Lab Manager, William Lee, who holds a Masters degree in Environmental Studies and has 10 years of experience in water quality analyses. Paul Bukaveckas, Ph.D. serves as the EAL Lab Director and QA Officer. Bukaveckas has over 20 years of experience in water quality research and monitoring.
The Inger and Walter Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences is Virginia Commonwealth University’s field station devoted to a broad array of environmental research, teaching and public service. Located on 494 acres along the historic James River, midway between Richmond and Williamsburg, the Rice Center is rich in natural and cultural resources. The center has a variety of aquatic and terrestrial habitats that provide many research and educational opportunities.
The Virginia Bio-Technology Research Park is located in the center of the nation’s East Coast pharmaceutical and biotechnology corridor. The Park’s dynamic and growing life sciences community is home to over 62 life science companies, research institutes, state/federal laboratories and is adjacent to Virginia Commonwealth University, a “Top 100″ life sciences research center. Whether you are a life science company executive, entrepreneur or researcher, come discover the advantages of scientific collaboration, world-class business support and specialized facilities, all designed to help you grow and succeed in today’s global biotechnology environment.