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Institute of Genome Sciences Hosts an Open House in Their New Home - UMB BioPark II

Friday, May 01, 2009

 Claire Fraser-Liggett, PhD, is interested in developing partnerships across the school, with departments such as Microbiology & Immunology, led by James Kaper, PhD.

A day before her second anniversary as director of the Institute for Genome Sciences, Claire Fraser- Liggett, PhD hosted an open house to show off the institute’s new home in UMB BioPark II. The staff, now 85 strong, gave tours of their new state-of-the-art laboratories, and looked back on how far they’ve come in such a short time.


“We set out with a very strong desire to push the boundaries of medicine for the benefit of mankind," said Dr. Fraser-Liggett, a professor of medicine and microbiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In less than two years, the Institute for Genome Sciences has already garnered more than $100 million in research funding.


"This is a major milestone for all of us,” said Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, during a reception celebrating the Institute's move into BioPark II.  "I want to congratulate Claire for getting the Institute up and running so fast. What they have accomplished so far is nothing short of amazing."


In the months following her arrival, Dr. Fraser-Liggett worked alone, planning how she would build the Institute for Genome Sciences into the nation’s preeminent genome research facility. Joined by former colleagues from the Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), her staff soon outgrew their temporary offices and labs around campus.


The Institute’s new home is in Building Two of  the UMB BioPark – a sophisticated 215,000 square foot facility located on the west side of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus. "We look forward to a very bright future here in our new home. And this truly does feel like home," said Dr. Fraser Liggett.


Dr. Fraser-Liggett says the Institute will continue to build research relationships with colleagues throughout the School of Medicine, the campus and the University of Maryland Medical Center. UMB President David Ramsey, DM, DPhil sees great promise in these partnerships. "Medicine has changed, science has changed, and one of the things that has most delighted me is the way that Claire is managing to break down rigid departmental silos and collaborate across the school."


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 Members of the Institute conducted tours of their new space for all who were interested.

 IGS has almost an entire floor dedicated to laboratories for their researchers.

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