Biological Sciences Building

The Biological Sciences Building (BioSci), completed, 1970; located in the heart of the 12th Avenue medical and life sciences research corridor.

Home to:

  • Department of Microbiology
  • Department of Molecular Genetics
  • Center for RNA Biology
  • Plant-Microbe Genomics Facility
  • Molecular Biology Supply Center

The most talked-about feature of the ten-story Bio Sci building has always been its lack of windows on all but the north side facing Lincoln and Morrill Towers and Ohio Stadium; although the not-talked about basement parking area is definitely the most popular.

Built to facilitate modern biological research, it housed the then-recently-formed College of Biological Sciences and three of its departments: Biochemistry (now part of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry), Microbiology, and Molecular Genetics; until the re-unification of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2010.

Renovated circa 2008 to upgrade outdated laboratories to keep pace with ever-changing research needs, and to provide a more attractive 1st floor lobby and student lounge area, it remains home to the Department of Microbiology and the Department of Molecular Genetics, providing research space for faculty and student researchers in those departments, along with faculty and student researchers in biochemistry.

Additionally, the first floor houses a spacious woodworking shop where special shelving, cabinets and tables for chemistry and biochemistry laboratories are still made to-order by a master carpenter. Bio Sci connects to the Riffe Research Building, (providing additional laboratory space for BioSci building researchers), on the 8th floor and on the 1st where its lobby merges with Riffe’s.