Eugene P. and Lois E. Trani Center for Life Sciences
The Eugene P. and Lois E. Trani Center for Life Sciences provides access to state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories including seven classrooms, two lecture halls, a study lounge and computer labs.
The 132,000-square-foot building supports research ranging from molecular biology to ecosystem dynamics with 17 undergraduate instructional laboratories, a rooftop greenhouse and an aquatics facility that houses up to 20 freshwater and marine tanks. For academics, the center has seven classrooms, two lecture halls, a student study lounge and computer labs, all equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia technology.
The Trani Center also houses our GEOCore facilities, where we train students in environmental remote sensing, geographic information systems and related geospatial technologies.
Much of our field research is done at VCU’s Rice Rivers Center, located on the tidal James River about 30-minutes from campus. The center serves as a 494-acre living laboratory, using the surrounding ecosystems for ecology research and environmental science. The pier houses research vessels and collects meteorological data and an aquatic mesocosm facility connected to the river enables the study of isolated water communities in a natural habitat. New additions are underway, which will expand the research capabilities and enhance our existing collaborations with outside agencies.