GW's faculty and students have a passion for changing the world, and nowhere is this passion more apparent than in the laboratories of Science and Engineering Hall (SEH). As GW’s faculty members look for ways to improve everything from tissue regeneration and cancer treatment to robotics and sustainable ecosystems, the work researchers conduct at SEH will have an impact far beyond its walls.


Lynn R. Goldman

"Science and Engineering Hall embodies the next exciting phase for global public health research and discovery, giving faculty and students the laboratory resources to push public health science further."

Lynn R. Goldman

Michael and Lori Milken Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health


Advancing Human Health

Dr. Zhenyu Li

Zhenyu Li, Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Li is integrating microfluidics and nanophotonics, i.e. optofluidics, for biomedical applications, particularly single cell analysis for stem cell and cancer research. Additional projects he is working on include handheld biosensors for point-of-care diagnostics, and bendable, stretchable microelectronics for wearable sensing. 

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Dr. Cynthia Dowd

Cynthia Dowd, Chemistry

Dr. Dowd is engaging in several interdisciplinary projects related to antibiotic drug discovery and structure-based design. Her research focuses on the development of inhibitors for specific targets implicated in the survival of disease-causing bacteria.

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Dr. Igor Efimov

Igor Efimov, Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Efimov is advancing new therapies for treating patients with abnormal heart rhythms—like an implantable, custom-fit device that wraps around a patient’s heart and detects impending cardiac arrest.

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Jeffrey Akman

"Science and Engineering Hall will be home to cutting-edge cancer and bioinformatics research, creating a bridge between the lab and the clinic and enabling research and discovery in health and medicine to flourish."

Jeffrey Akman

Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, School of Medicine & Health Sciences


Expanding Our Understanding of Nature

Dr. Bernard Wood

Bernard Wood, Anthropology

Dr. Wood is studying how to better classify and reconstruct evolutionary relationships among hominins, the lineage that led to our own species, Homo sapiens, with a particular focus on skull and tooth fossils.

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Dr. Megan Leftwich

Megan Leftwich, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Leftwich is investigating the fluid dynamics of natural phenomena, such as human birth and pinniped (sea lion) swimming, and applying findings to engineering problems. 

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Dr. Scott Powell

Scott Powell, Biology

Dr. Powell is researching questions at the interface of community ecology and evolutionary biology, using ant species. He examines how ecology shapes adaptive trait evolution, and how the traits of extant species influence the assembly of contemporary ecological communities.

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Lance Price

Lance Price, Environmental and Occupational Health

Dr. Price studies the human microbiome-- the collection of bacteria and other microbes that live in and on the human body. One project looks at the bacteria that live in the human nose to find new ways to prevent infections with Staphylococcus aureus and particularly a dangerous type of antibiotic-resistant Staph called MRSA. 

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Leo M. Chalupa

“Successful research is collaborative, and there is no better resource in the DC area to facilitate collaboration than the state-of-the-art Science and Engineering Hall.”

Leo M. Chalupa

Vice President for Research


Creating Solutions through Technological Innovation

Patti Gravitt

Patti Gravitt, Global Health

Dr. Gravitt and colleagues are developing a better way to prevent cervical cancer in at-risk women in the Loreto region of Peru. They’ll look at an HPV-based screen and treat strategy, in which women with a risky HPV infection are sent to treatment—before a pre-cancer has the chance to turn malignant.

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Volker Sorger

Volker Sorger, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Dr. Sorger squeezes light into spaces just a few nanometers wide to more efficiently power smartphones and computers in the field of nanophotonics. With a new National Science Foundation grant, he’s launching a program that will give students experience with nanotechnology earlier in their academic careers.

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Dr. Sameh Badie

Sameh Badie, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr. Badie conducts research on reinforced and prestressed concrete structures including testing full-scale concrete components, such as deck panel systems and prestressed concrete girders, that will help build safer, more earthquake-resistant bridges and buildings.

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Dr. Vertes

Akos Vertes, Chemistry

Dr. Vertes is developing tools to rapidly identify the root cause of biological and chemical threats. Under a $14.6 million award from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), he and his collaborators are tasked with reducing to 30 days this process that can otherwise take years.

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