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Soon the new Robert and Penny Fox Tower will rise from our existing footprint, a contemporary and dramatically silhouetted space that will herald an engine of discovery and an international leader in biomedical research.
Designed specifically to meet the needs of team science today and in the future, the Fox Tower will feature larger, more flexible laboratory space that can be easily reconfigured to meet changing research needs, and open-plan laboratories and common areas for scientists and staff to encourage collaboration and interaction.
Increased investment in new DNA sequencing and array technologies, imaging technologies, chemistry facilities and mass spectrometry will provide scientists with state of the art technologies and high-powered computational tools needed to advance their research. In addition, a new public entrance on Spruce Street, a skylit atrium and 196-seat auditorium will enhance Wistar’s identity and enable enhanced public outreach.
Wistar’s brand of team science naturally spurs discovery as researchers cross-pollinate ideas and brainstorm at will. The Building Wistar, Changing the World Campaign will forever break down barriers to the free flow of creative ideas, building optimal environments that will inject greater spontaneity, foster more connectivity and spark livelier discussions inside and outside the laboratory.
The microscope in the image belonged to William E. Horner, M.D., a collaborator with Caspar Wistar, M.D., in the early 1800s.
Dr. Horner, a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, was a pioneer of the use of microscopes in anatomical and medical research. He authored Special Anatomy and Histology, a seminal text on the subject.