When Associate Professors Bridget Carragher and Clint Potter arrived at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) last year, they knew where their laboratory space would eventually be, but they had no idea what the space would be like. That is, until after they sat down with Professor Ron Milligan over drinks one night and drew up plans on a blank blueprint of the interior of the CarrAmerica B building.
In the following weeks, this became the blueprint for Milligan’s dream of the most advanced biological microscopy center in the world—the Center for Integrative Molecular Biosciences (CIMBio)—which officially opens next month. CIMBio is built around its advanced microscopes and open laboratories and houses several TSRI faculty under one roof.
“We had an almost unique opportunity to design the best electron microscopy suite, and we put a lot of effort into doing this,” says Milligan.