A New Era for Caltech Biology

A New Era for Caltech Biology

A century ago, a young Caltech offered a few leading biologists the labs of their dreams and total scientific freedom. These scholars went on to make discoveries about genetics and molecular biology that changed medicine and our understanding of life itself. Since then, Caltech has proved the success of this approach over and over.

Now, with philanthropic support from Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen, Caltech is embarking on the construction of a superb facility that will open yet another new era for the life sciences. This building, a hub for the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience at Caltech, had its groundbreaking on December 5, 2017.

On that occasion, attended by distinguished guests from around the world, Caltech leaders and Tianqiao Chen described what makes Caltech special and shared their vision for the future.

Within the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building, many Caltech research groups will collaborate to unlock the brain’s secrets and develop life-changing treatments and technologies. In addition, by creating room to grow, the new building will help Caltech provide dream labs for top scholars across biology and biological engineering. Expect breakthroughs.


 

Discover

The modern design of the Chen Neuroscience Research Building integrates all that we have learned about great spaces for research. Here, scientists will be able to move quickly between lab, desk, and whiteboard. Sunlit, open labs will be close to places where faculty, postdocs, and students can discuss their research. This arrangement encourages teamwork and sharing. Even specialized equipment will be conveniently located on site. And scientists from across campus and around the world will exchange ideas in the ground-floor conference facilities.

The architecture will pair state-of-the-art labs with natural spaces for reflection, a time-honored Caltech tradition.

We welcome you to explore the early concepts for this building and discover new opportunities to partner philanthropically with Caltech in making intellectual magic.

A Building Designed for Breakthrough Science


 

The Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building will be the site where the unanswerable questions that change our relation to ourselves are posed and pursued.

Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum, William and Sonja Davidow Presidential Chair and professor of physics


 

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Advance Discovery by Naming Spaces
Individuals who aspire to promote world-changing research and innovation have opportunities to name key spaces in this vibrant facility. Now, as the construction is beginning, you can partner with Caltech to name places where future discoveries and encounters will change the course of science. Your gift to name a space in the Chen Neuroscience Research Building will honor Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen’s generosity and leverage their remarkable investment in the future.

Please note that the images below, which show some of the nameable spaces in this building, are based on preliminary concepts.

Ground Level


  • Preliminary concept for the entrance to the upper garden

    Upper Garden

    The spacious upper garden will provide a peaceful destination for informal conversations and reflection, as well as a beautiful venue for special events.

    Naming opportunity: USD $10 million


  • Auditorium concept

    Auditorium

    The auditorium will provide a central learning space for members of Caltech’s scientific community as well as for conference participants and other campus guests. It will be used for large classes, public lectures, and scientific talks.

    Naming opportunity: USD $7 million


  • Preliminary concept for a portion of the lobby

    Lobby

    The lobby is the most visible space in the Chen Neuroscience Research Building. By design, it will inspire the many people who pass through it every day as well as those who look through the building’s transparent entry from the well-traveled Moore Walk.

    Naming opportunity: USD $5 million


  • Preliminary concept for the breezeway

    Breezeway

    A covered outdoor passage, the breezeway will provide access to the auditorium and connect Caltech’s Moore Walk with a bridge to the upper garden.

    Naming opportunity: USD $4.25 million


  • Large conference room concept sketch

    Large Conference Room

    This conference room will host meetings of the entire faculty of Caltech’s Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, as well as large classes. Paired with the auditorium, it also will offer a new workshop venue for researchers from around the world.

    Naming opportunity: USD $1.5 million

Upper Levels


  • Writing desks in a research neighborhood

    Research Wings

    The north and east wings of the Chen Neuroscience Research Building’s upper floors will be configured as “research neighborhoods.” To promote interaction, each will house several world-leading research groups. Neighborhoods will contain customized laboratories as well as work space for students, postdocs, and staff. Desks for analyzing data and documenting experiments will border the labs. Specialized facilities will be located on site, instead of being housed farther away as is often done to reduce costs.

    Naming opportunity: USD $7.5 million each (four neighborhoods available to name)


  • Atrium concept

    Atrium

    The magnificent, two-story atrium will provide a place to reflect, talk, and gain inspiration. Prominent art and the building’s dramatic spiral staircase will center the space. A wraparound balcony on the third floor will overlook it.

    Naming opportunity: USD $5.5 million


  • Preliminary outside view of the second and third floor cafe spaces

    Cafés

    Glass-walled sitting areas in the southwest corner of each upper floor are among this building’s distinctive features. With kitchenettes and pleasant tables overlooking the palm trees that line Moore Walk, these “cafés” are sure to become popular places where faculty, students, and staff exchange ideas and news.

    Naming opportunity: USD $1 million each (two cafés available to name on the upper floors)


  • Conference room concept sketch

    Conference Rooms

    Conference rooms on the upper floors will be in daily use. Here, researchers will meet with their groups and with collaborating teams to share findings, talk about challenges, and plan bold new approaches. These rooms also will host classes and seminars that attract students and researchers from across Caltech.

    Naming opportunity: USD $125,000–$400,000 each (multiple conference rooms available to name)


  • Faculty office concept sketch

    Offices for Professors

    Prominently arranged around the interactive spaces on each floor, the faculty offices will help inspire world-leading scientists to do their best work.

    Naming opportunity: USD $150,000 each (16 offices available to name)

View Garden Level


  • View garden concept

    View Garden

    A beautifully landscaped green space extending along both wings of the Chen Neuroscience Research Building, the view garden will fill rooms with outdoor light and offer views of greenery, birds, and butterflies. Researchers and students will enjoy the garden as a serene place to sit, converse, and reflect.

    Naming opportunity: USD $1 million


  • Zebrafish lab concept sketch

    Zebrafish Laboratory

    Caltech researchers have transformed what we know about sleep, often through studies conducted with zebrafish. This special facility will advance scientific efforts to understand sleep—which still holds great mysteries to unlock.

    Naming opportunity: USD $2 million


  • Early teaching lab concept sketch

    Teaching Laboratory

    The teaching laboratory will provide hands-on experience for future leaders in neuroscience. Here, they will first explore the research subject that will provide them with lifelong joy and challenge—and a powerful way to benefit society.

    Naming opportunity: USD $1 million


  • Interior sketch of a cafe space

    Café

    A  large sitting area with pleasant tables and a kitchenette, filled with light from the adjacent view garden, this “café” is sure to become a popular place for faculty, students, and staff to exchange ideas and news.

    Naming opportunity: USD $1 million


  • Neurotech lab entrance concept sketch

    Neurotechnology Laboratory

    With expert staff and precision tools, the neurotechnology laboratory will enable neuroscientists to build on Caltech’s tradition of inventing and creating instruments that open new vistas on life.

    Naming opportunity: USD $600,000


  • Preliminary concept for the bioinformatics laboratory

    Bioinformatics Laboratory

    The bioinformatics laboratory will gain renown as a place that develops essential new ways to use computation in biological studies. It will provide Caltech scientists with early access to the newest computational approaches.

    Naming opportunity: USD $600,000

Amounts indicated for naming opportunities are gift minimums and may change at Caltech’s discretion.


 

Contact

Discuss the Possibilities
Please email or call Bettie Woods at Caltech to open a conversation about naming spaces featured above or other areas in this extraordinary building, a facility that will mark a new era in the pursuit of fundamental knowledge.

Bettie Woods
Executive Director for Development, Individual Giving
bwoods@caltech.edu
+1 626-395-3088