Student arts center
On an unseasonably warm February afternoon, students drift
through the enclosed courtyard of the new student arts
center. Like tourists inspecting a landmark, they point
their fingers and twist their heads in every direction,
careful not to miss a detail of the three-winged
The triangular granite steps that lead
upward into campus elicit a vote of "cool" from one
passerby. A pair of students poke their heads into the
Studio Theatre, where one day soon they will come to enjoy a
play, or perhaps perform in one themselves. Many just stop
and pause in the middle of the courtyard to soak the space
in. Each of them smiles with the awareness of two
It's here. It's theirs.
Institute for Cell Engineering is
With a $58.5 million gift from an anonymous donor, the
School of Medicine is launching an Institute for Cell
Engineering, fostering research that not long ago would have
been marked as science fiction.
The new institute's scientists will focus
on selecting, modifying and reprogramming human cells,
molding them into therapeutic transplants for everything
from Parkinson's, ALS and diabetes to heart failure, stroke
and spinal cord injury.
The institute, which will be
multidisciplinary, is believed to be the first initiative of
its kind at an academic center. Its mission is to develop
core technologies enabling application of curative
approaches to specific human diseases.
The Johns Hopkins University
3003 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218