Research Facilities

Resources at the University of Rochester Medical Center rival those of some of the nation's most renowned facilities. As a result of some of the ongoing consolidation and recent construction, the URMC is reconfiguring research space and will add approximately 160,000 square feet to its existing laboratory space over the next few years. Much of this will continue to reside in two premier Medical Research Buildings. These modern facilities, which were opened in 1999 and 2002, provide an excellent physical environment for interdisciplinary research. 

Our Research Facilities Include:

Arthur Kornberg Medical Research Building

Opened in June, 1999, this four-story, 240,000 square-foot building houses:

  • The Aab Institute of Biomedical Sciences
  • Four generic laboratory floors
  • A single level vivarium
  • Medical school education rooms
  • A shared conference center for the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

The architectural signature of the building is the dramatic point on the west side, which houses the triangular break rooms on each floor. The purpose of these rooms is to foster interaction and the exchange of ideas among scientists in an informal, relaxed setting.

Research laboratories feature state-of-the-art scientific equipment. The generic laboratories are designed to accommodate virtually any bench top research, while the flexible support space can be tailored to the specific requirements of individual researchers.

Medical Research Building-X

This four-story 143,000 square-foot building was just completed in 2002. It’s connected by a three-story, glass-enclosed walkway to the Arthur Kornberg Medical Research Building. The work of the scientists located there complement the research taking place in the Aab Institute. The building houses the:

James P. Wilmot Cancer Center

An entire floor, approximately 40,000 square feet, of the new Wilmot Cancer Center is devoted to cancer research. The new bench space enhances collaboration and the effort to push discoveries faster from the laboratory to the marketplace. Approximately three-quarters of the facility will be filled with current URMC cancer researchers, with room left over for future recruits.

Clinical and Translational Science Institute

The URMC plans to build a 150,000-square foot Clinical and Translational Sciences Building to consolidate scattered programs and resources under a single roof including scientific disciplines, education and training programs, critical support operations, and several large clinical research programs. Groundbreaking is expected to occur in fall 2008. Specifically, the building will be home to programs and resources that help scientists and clinicians overcome the administrative, technological and regulatory challenges to advancing their research. The building will also house the hub of the Upstate New York Translational Research Network – a research consortium consisting of the region’s 10 major biomedical research institutions.

PEAK Lab: Physical Exercise Activity Kinesiology Clinical Research Core Laboratory

The PEAK Lab is a clinical research core facility that supports investigators conducting multidisciplinary and translational research related to all forms of human movement (e.g., physical activity, exercise, and sedentary behavior). The PEAK Lab provides state-of-the-art assessments for metabolism, body composition, cardiovascular function (including VO2max and anaerobic threshold), pulmonary function, range of motion, strength, balance, and free-living activity/exercise.  Examples include but are not limited to: graded exercise stress testing, pulse oximetry, EKG, bioelectrical impedance, balance force plate testing, actigraphy and more.  The PEAK Lab operates in discreet clinical space located on the University of Rochester Medical Center Campus.  We are able to perform assessments and deliver interventions in the inpatient and outpatient settings at the UR/URMC campus and at other medical or non-medical community locations.  The PEAK Lab also provides consulting services for investigators in all stages of career and study development for research investigating aspects of human movement. The PEAK Lab services range from concept development, implementation, assessment, and staff training to fidelity and quality assurance assistance. The PEAK Lab supports local, investigator-initiated studies and also very large, complex, nationwide, multi-center clinical trials (phase I-IV).  

For more information, visit the PEAK Lab Site.