Home of ChBE: Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering shares the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building (JSCBB) with the department of Biochemistry and the BioFrontiers Institute (formerly the Colorado Initiative for Molecular Biology) where researchers explore a variety of health issues such as cancer, aging and cardiovascular disease, inherited diseases, vaccine development and tissue engineering. They also investigate pressing energy issues ranging from the development of new biofuels to the development of sophisticated membrane materials to capture carbon dioxide for various uses. The contiguity of researchers in these areas has made collaborations much easier for many of our faculty. Close individual lab proximity is leading to greater communications between CU’s premier researchers, and ultimately to new collaborations that increase knowledge of and applications for human well-being.

To further enhance research efforts, the building contains common core facilities like the Next Generation Sequencing Core, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Core and Microscopy Core and the Instrument Shop, among others. These facilities are open to industry at competitive rates, extending the collaborative impact of this facility throughout the state of Colorado and beyond.

One example of interdisciplinary research that has taken place here is led by Professor Kristi Anseth.  Professor Anseth focuses on the development of injectable, biodegradable “scaffolds” to regenerate cartilage for human joints and also the regeneration of ski, blood vessels and bone. Her research group is collaborating with Professor Leslie Leinwand of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department on a tissue engineering effort to develop replacement heart valves through tissue engineering. Click to view an interview with Professors Anseth and Leinwand.

Visit our giving page to learn more about how you can contribute to the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building and see a complete list of the individuals and companies that are making it possible for our department to be a part of this pioneering, multidisciplinary community.

Comments from Graduate Students:

Medlin Lab

Medlin Lab

"The ability to completely customize our lab space has led to a more efficient and comfortable research environment. Also, working in a building that is so focused on energy reduction and efficiency has further inspired our work on developing new energy technologies." (Tania Tauer, 5th year PhD student, Medlin Lab)

"The Kaar lab had the convenient opportunity to move into the new building with the first round in early March--we like to claim we were the first to actually do experiments here.  It's a big upgrade from our previous lab, giving our growing group lots of work space to fill with new equipment and enabling more efficient experiments.  Moving from an interior lab, I really appreciate the large windows that now flood natural light into our lab throughout the day and give a nice view over the CU track, soccer field, and Boulder Creek Bike Path to the north.  Windows on the opposite side of our lab look into our conveniently located office space.  Over the last few months we've met new neighbors from both Biochemistry and MCDB and have made great connections through sharing specialized equipment on a daily basis and research expertise at a mini symposium.  I guess in short, good things are for sure happening here.” (Nick Van Horn, graduate student, Kaar Lab)

Bryant Lab

Bryant Lab

“Moving to the JSC Biotechnology Building has been a huge improvement for Dr. Stephanie Bryant's research group. The group members have been able to take advantage of the many core facilities, including microscopy, MALDI and NMR, which used to be a 15 minute trek across campus. Additionally, having new research groups around the building has initiated much collaboration and introduced our group to new perspectives on our projects.” (Justine Roberts, graduate student, Bryant Lab)

Interesting Building Facts:

  • The building is a 336,800-square-foot research and teaching facility.
  • When finished, the building will host more than 60 faculty members and more than 500 researchers and support staff.
  • The building’s labs are modular and can be changed to accommodate the evolving needs of scientists and students.
  • The building received LEED Platinum rating from the United States Green Building Council.
  • More than 600 jobs were created during the construction phase of the building.
  • A total of 975,000 bricks were used on the exterior of the building, as were 10,000 pieces of cut limestone.
  • There are 44 miles of piping throughout the building.
  • 3,400 pieces of glass were used during window construction.
  • The ductwork in the building alone weighs about 338 tons.