NCRC Featured Stories

December 16, 2015

Whether you are a faculty member, researcher, or business employee; a student or a member of the Ann Arbor community, we invite you to read about NCRC’s exciting growth in the NCRC Annual Report!

August 25, 2015

Sharon C. Glotzer is the Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, as well as Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Macromolecular Science & Engineering, Physics, and Applied Physics. She was recently appointed to the National Academy of Sciences. In this interview, Melissa Chronicle, North Campus Research Complex Communications Administrator, visits Prof. Glotzer to talk about moving the Glotzer Group to NCRC, mentoring the next generation of researchers, and the possibilities offered by co-location, collaboration, sharing research, and using data...

October 27, 2014
Now medical researchers at the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) have a clone of the ancient tree where Greek physician Hippocrates (c.460-377BC) and his students, the thought leaders of their time, learned from one another.
September 30, 2013

The North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) is delighted to welcome its latest tenant, a centralized Biorepository program sponsored by Medical School Office of Research. The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) Central Biorepository serves as a key enabler of strategic research within UMHS. It will support and advance biomedical research by creating a secure location for the storage and processing of human biological specimens obtained as part of Institutional Review Board- approved studies.

Many scientists at U-M and other research institutions store valuable biomedical...

August 14, 2013

MLibrary@NCRC , located on the ground level of Building 18, integrates a wide breadth of library and information services to meet the complex information needs of NCRC. According to the Jean Song, the Taubman Health Sciences Library’s Research and Informatics Coordinator, the library “serves as a connector to quality information tools, people, and ideas across disciplines, throughout the campus and beyond. We are often the first stop for people’s information needs because if we don’t have the answer ourselves—we help them find it.” Below is a sampling of...

August 14, 2013

1.Please tell us why NCRC is interesting to your research which is in the social sciences:

NCRC is a great opportunity to understand the effects of spatial networks on research collaborations. Over a year ago, we started working with pilot data from the BSRB and the Cancer Center. At that time, with fewer people at NCRC, we did not have a robust enough data set. However, over the last year, a number of groups have moved to NCRC, including ones which were not previously co-located before. In fact, we could make the argument that some of the groups would not exist...

May 20, 2013

Can you tell us briefly about your research background?

I am a post-doctoral researcher from an interdisciplinary background: a biophysicist working in the field of translational oncology. Currently my research focuses on two key areas of cancer research: the use of the circulating tumor cell (CTC) isolation technologies in understanding the metastasis of cancer, and designing better tools for pre-clinical therapeutics and diagnosis to prevent the incidence of cancer and its recurrences and help increase survival rates and patient quality of life.


May 20, 2013

The vision for interdisciplinary, collaborative research at U-M has gained significant strength in an exciting new development. The university recently launched the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care or M-CIRCC, a new center for the study of acute illnesses and injuries, to be based at NCRC. Like other flourishing research programs at NCRC such as the Biointerfaces Institute, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, the Cardiovascular Research Center, the Translational Oncology Program and the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, M-CIRCC...

May 03, 2013

Collaborative spaces at IHPI promote research productivity and new linkages.

1. Please tell us about your research role in the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy (CHOP) group of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI).

I serve as Director of Biostatistics in the CHOP group of IHPI. In that role, I collaborate with faculty members in CHOP on research design, measurement issues, and statistical analysis of various health services and outcomes research projects. I also direct the analysts’ group in CHOP that comprises Master's...

April 01, 2013

NCRC is once again at the forefront of new ideas in collaborations across boundaries with a new art exhibition titled Inspired by Science, starting in March at NCRC. Works of art by University of Michigan School of Art and Design faculty members, as well as Michigan-based and internationally known artists are featured in this exhibition.

Inspired by Science includes Sherri Smith and Michael Rodemer, respected faculty members at the U-M School of Art and Design, and Bradley Smith, the Associate Dean for Creative Work, Research and Graduate Education, and Professor, School of Art and...

February 22, 2013

During the fall of 2012, the University of Michigan partnered with DTE Energy to build a solar array on University of Michigan property. Situated at the North Campus Research Complex, this project is part of DTE Energy's utility-owned solar program.

This construction at the corner of Plymouth Road and Huron Parkway at NCRC was undertaken by DTE Energy, with their engineer/builder, Nova Consultants. The project, through DTE Energy’s SolarCurrents program, consists of 1,794 solar modules in a ground-mounted array on approximately 2.45 acres, rated up to 440 kilowatts (kW). DTE will...

February 19, 2013

Less than three years after the first person moved in, the North Campus Research Complex has been transformed from a vacant former pharmaceutical company campus into a vibrant hub for research – an achievement marked this week with the move of the 2,000th person to the site.

Today, former Harvard University researcher Zhong Wang, Ph.D., and his team are unpacking their laboratory equipment and setting up experiments in their new home in Building 26.

They’re the latest in a series of top-level recruitments U-M has been able to make since its purchase of the site. The first...

February 18, 2013

Over the last three years since the first move-ins, and especially with the growth of research activity, NCRC has continued to provide excellent infrastructure support for research on its site. One of the unique aspects of NCRC is the confluence of researchers from different parts of the university. Most of these researchers continue to maintain strong connections with their home schools and departments for their research, frequently traveling back and forth.

Especially in the last year, NCRC has seen a substantial growth in both dry and wet lab research. The community of faculty...

February 18, 2013

Biointerfaces Institute at NCRC exemplifies collaboration by hosting a unique workshop.

How can university scientists and biotech companies work together to develop new ways to detect rare disease-related cells and particles in the bloodstream or tissues?

That search for the “needle in the haystack” of the human body was the key issue at a two-day workshop held in January 2013 by the U-M Biointerfaces Institute, based at the North Campus Research Complex.

It brought together dozens of U-M researchers from the Medical School, College of Engineering and other schools...

February 18, 2013

David Shultis, Post-doctoral Research Fellow (Zhang labs), Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics talks about his lab:

On what his lab does We make small things! We are creating a computational protein engineering platform with two main goals. The first goal is to develop novel macromolecules (proteins) useful in medicine & research that would be extremely hard to design using other protein engineering methods. The second goal is to improve our understanding of the protein folding process. We are utilizing state-of-the-art algorithms from the...

February 05, 2013

Center for Health Communications Research (CHCR) at NCRC Ed Saunders, MS, deputy director of CHCR shares some thoughts:

The University of Michigan Center for Health Communications Research (CHCR) is a dedicated team, integrating behavioral science, technology, and art to create and research health interventions that inspire informed health decisions, broaden access to health information, and advance the field of health communications. As part of the newly formed Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), CHCR was one of the early groups of move to NCRC. In a recent...

December 18, 2012

Excerpts of an interview with John Ayanian, the new director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

On being appointed the new director This is a very exciting opportunity at the University of Michigan. The university leaders, faculty members and researchers have been planning this institute for over two years now and I have been very impressed with the level of thought and commitment that has been devoted to developing the concept of this institute and bringing it to reality.

On collaboration What’s unique about IHPI is...

December 18, 2012

Colin Duckett, PhD, Director of NCRC Program Development, speaks on important new research. In a recent interview with, Colin Duckett, PhD, director of program development at NCRC shared his optimism about one of the several research programs being developed at NCRC - research to benefit patients facing cancer. Moving his own lab to NCRC this month, he is excited about the new Translational Oncology Program at NCRC, led by Diane Simeone, MD. Under the umbrella of this program, medical researchers, biologists, chemists, pharmacologists and engineers have begun to co-locate to...

December 18, 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, NCRC is well situated on the trajectory of growth. A look at some indicators provide a picture of vibrant growth:

Over 1,700 people now work at NCRC. Research growth at NCRC has been significant. With seven well-established, interdisciplinary research programs and eight scientific core services, 148 faculty members and several other researchers, doctoral and post-doctoral students and technicians, the promise of cutting edge research is becoming a reality. NCRC is now home to the nationally significant Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI)...
December 12, 2012

Highly advanced microscopes offer new opportunities for collaboration and equipment sharing.

NCRC will soon become the new home of some of the most advanced microscopy equipment in the State of Michigan. The Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory (EMAL), a facility used by scientists across many disciplines to precisely characterize the structure and chemical composition of materials at the nanoscale, is moving to NCRC thanks to a collaborative partnership between U-M’s Engineering and Medical schools.

The move places EMAL just around the corner from the Medical School...

November 28, 2012

NCRC was one of the three sites for a two year study funded by the U-M Office of the Vice President for Research, the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR), and the U-M Medical School to assess collaboration and physical proximity.

For the study, the research team conducted surveys of 172 faculty and research staff members in three U-M buildings, and also used extensive administrative data. The conclusion is that when researchers share a building, and especially a floor, the likelihood of forming new collaborations and obtaining funding increases dramatically.


November 28, 2012

In a recent interview, Paul H. Krebsbach, DDS, PhD, Biologic & Materials Sciences Professor and Chair, U-M School of Dentistry, shares how the unique features of NCRC will impact the nature of his research.

Please tell us about your move to NCRC and your participation in the Biointerfaces Institute. I was on the original committee with Professor Jeorg Lahann to come up with the concepts for the Biointerfaces Institute, so I’ve been involved with the planning efforts since the early stages. It is exciting for me as a biologist to be surrounded by a range of...

November 15, 2012

In keeping with the spirit of research, the NCRC Art Program generates an environment of inspiration and innovation through the display of art and through arts programming with the intention of stimulating creative scientific minds. The exhibition Art Under the Microscope presents impressive scientific imagery interpreted through textile arts, a perfect blending of art and science. We are delighted to present this unique exhibition to the NCRC community and beyond.

The Society for the Arts in Healthcare has partnered with the University of Michigan Health System's Gifts of Art...

November 09, 2012

Patient Food and Nutrition Services Moves Kitchen from NCRC back to the hospital after completed renovations.

Another phase in Patient Food and Nutrition Services’ “room service” delivery model was completed this week when PFANS moved its patient food production center and Meals on Wheels preparation functions out of the North Campus Research Complex to a renovated kitchen on Level B2 of University Hospital.

NCRC Building 18 was home to the U-M Hospital’s patient food production center and Meals on Wheels preparation functions for the past fourteen months while a new and...

November 09, 2012

Mark S. Cohen MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Endocrine Surgery Research recently moved his lab to NCRC from the University of Kansas, as part of the Translational Oncology program. We spoke with him recently.

About his research and his move to NCRC We are very excited to move in here at NCRC. As a clinician/scientist, I try to bridge my translational cancer research into clinical applications for patients with endocrine tumors, head and neck cancer, breast cancer, and melanoma. My clinical efforts are focused on cancer patients with...