Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is a dynamic classroom and laboratory facility within the School of Health.

The Discovery Center is a dynamic classroom and laboratory facility for students in the School of Health with a particular focus on the activity of faculty within the Department of Human Science.

The center was created through the generosity of the former School of Nursing & Health Studies’ Parents Council. It houses faculty research, hands-on student learning, and faculty-student collaboration around scientific investigation.

1,200square-footwet laboratory for faculty and student research projects
1,400square-footteaching laboratory for anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, and physiology classes
18 – 20undergraduate studentsworking in the laboratory each year


Located on the third floor of the School of Medicine’s Med-Dent Building, accessible at 3900 Reservoir Road NW, the Discovery Center covers 3,000 square feet and includes a teaching laboratory, a research laboratory, a cell culture room, and a Zeiss Axiovert 200 microscope.

The facility is equipped with modern laboratory teaching tables and equipment for the undergraduate study of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry and genetics, including tissue dissection, microscopic study of cells and tissues, culture and identification of bacteria and other microorganisms, and separation and identification of proteins and nucleic acids.

A professor and student work in a lab

Adjacent to the teaching laboratory is a preparation and instrumentation room that serves both the teaching laboratory and the interconnected research laboratory, which houses a separate cell culture room.

The research areas are outfitted with state-of-the-art shared core instrumentation that includes centrifuges, cell incubators, microscopes, DNA amplifying, electronic cell counting and electrophoresis equipment for Department of Human Science faculty to conduct research independently and with students.


Elema Boru, Lab Coordinator

C302 Med-Dent Building

3900 Reservoir Road NW

Washington, DC 20057