Discovery Center

The Discovery Center, a state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratory, is an innovative facility for learning and scientific inquiry.

Opened in 2006, through the generosity of the school's Parents Council, the facility houses faculty research, dynamic student learning, and faculty-student collaboration around scientific investigation.

Facility Details

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 facilty 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.

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.

While primarily used by students and faculty within the Department of Human Science, students from the other academic departments at NHS also take courses and conduct scientific investigation with faculty in this core, shared facility.


Elema Boru, Lab Coordinator
C302 Med-Dent Building
3900 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-4676