Core Facilities: Designing Sustainable Research Laboratories

Joe Austin, University of Chicago
Chad Goeser, Northwestern University
Philip Hockberger, PhD, Northwestern University
Adana Johns, Perkins & Will
George Langan PhD, University of Chicago

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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the unique challenges of designing core laboratories;
  • Understand the specific challenges of installing high-end electron microscopes; and
  • Understand how to avoid the pitfalls of plug-and-play instruments.


Joe is an Advanced Electron Microscopy Facility Director at The University of Chicago.

Chad is the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure Business Manager at Northwestern University.

Philip is an Associate Professor of Physiology at Northwestern University.

Adana is Science and Technology Practice Leader and Associate Principal at Perkins & Will.

George is a Professor, Biological Sciences Division, The University of Chicago.


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