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Integrated Science and Health Sciences Building Plans

With a threefold enrollment growth in the natural sciences since 2006, the College must expand its infrastructure of laboratories, classrooms, and collaborative learning spaces.

Integrated Science and Health Sciences Building
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With 31,000 square feet, and a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-certified design, the two levels of the state-of-the-art building include:

First Floor

  • Two 100-seat flexible learning spaces.
  • Teaching laboratories for general chemistry, biochemistry, and physical chemistry.
  • A lab prep room.
  • Breakout space for student collaboration adjacent to 11 faculty offices, fostering group work and faculty-student interaction.

Second Floor

  • Multi-investigator, cross-disciplinary research space.
  • Two multipurpose labs and core facilities for tissue culture, nanobiology, and aquatic research.
  • A lab prep room.
  • Breakout space for student collaboration adjacent to 14 faculty offices to foster group work and faculty-student interaction
  • A meeting space to be used for breakout groups, student organization meetings, and group presentations.

Building on a Tradition of Excellence

With alumni practicing medicine at leading medical centers, teaching and researching in esteemed colleges and universities, and working in science and health care-related institutions throughout the country, Fisher graduates have a strong record of career accomplishments as scientists and health care practitioners. Our alumni hold patents in nanotechnology, develop HIV-fighting pharmaceuticals, and guide health care policies.

The Integrated Science and Health Sciences building is a tribute to the rich legacy of St. John Fisher College graduates, and will enhance the reputation of the institution.

James Koch

James Koch is the Future

James Koch came to Fisher as a freshman in 2011 with his sights set on the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. But, he quickly realized that chemistry was his passion.

Already, Koch’s student research in the chemistry lab has yielded great results. He has created five new silicon-based compounds through his work with Dr. Brad Kraft, Assistant Professor of Chemistry. “These are previously undocumented compounds,” says Koch. “I am the first to study their characteristics and unique behavior.” Dr. Kraft’s work with a related class of compounds was recently published in the prestigious scientific journal, Organometallics. Direct applications for the compounds are not yet known, but Koch is hopeful that his findings will impact medical imaging in the future.

Koch met many challenges during his research. With a campus laboratory utilization analysis showing that current lab space cannot meet demand, Koch and Dr. Kraft had to conduct research within a tight lab schedule. “There were times when it was difficult to find a time that worked, and sometimes timing is everything in research,” he says. “I have learned patience.”

Koch aspires to pursue a Ph.D. and work in research or academics. “Before coming to Fisher, I wanted to just get through school. With my research work, I realize that what I want is to be a lifelong learner, and share it with others,” he says. “My work at Fisher has sparked that in me.”

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