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Lehigh University Health, Science and Technology rendering

Leading Edge Resources

Our state-of-the-art Health, Science and Technology building is home to a number of cutting edge resources including: the Health Data Warehouse, the Artificial Intelligence and Data Visualization Laboratory, the Community Partnership Engagement Space and more.

Lehigh’s Health | Science | Technology Building

The new home of the Lehigh College of Health—the largest academic facility built at Lehigh in more than a decade—will be a nexus for innovation in population health education, research and partnerships.

Lehigh’s new Health | Science | Technology building (HST) will be critical to fulfilling the educational, research and partnership goals of the College of Health. Opening in the fall of 2021 and serving as the home of the college, the 195,000-square-foot building will house faculty and administrative and programmatic staff as well as key labs and resources.

The facility will promote a new, innovative model of research. Interdisciplinary teams will rotate in and out of the space, while undergraduates will engage in high-impact, hands-on learning experiences, working alongside graduate students and faculty researchers in an atmosphere of constant innovation and change.

The HST building will redefine innovation as a community health space by allowing Lehigh to forge important new partnerships with local organizations, schools and churches.

Connecting Campus to the Community

A Nexus for Innovation & Research

Steel Beam Topping Fall 2020

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Follow along on our live webcam as Lehigh continues work on the future home of the College of Health.

The Health Data Warehouse

A collaboration between Lehigh University’s College of Health and Lehigh Business, the Health Data Warehouse will serve as an invaluable resource for faculty and students engaged in health research across the university. Through partnerships with entities in industry, government, nonprofits, and academia in the worlds of health and health care, the Health Data Warehouse will build a substantial repository of data and then curate the data to make it useful and accessible for research.

The Health Data Warehouse will include data, from cell to society, that will allow investigators to develop key insights into the determinants of health and develop innovative solutions to benefit the health of the population.

Biospecimen Repository

Modern techniques in molecular biology, including -omic analyses, have opened new avenues for examining the cellular and molecular determinants of health. The Biospecimen Repository of the Health Data Warehouse will enable human biospecimen collection and processing, and subsequent storage and analysis of biological markers for research in precision medicine. The HST building will incorporate a tissue processing laboratory and freezer room for mechanical and liquid nitrogen freezers to accommodate scalable collection of biospecimens for population health research. The biospecimen repository will be a key resource to support the cohort studies and the implementation of analyzing multiple integrated -omic assays combined with self-reported and electronically ascertained health information (claims and electronic health records).

The Artificial Intelligence and Data Visualization Laboratory

The Artificial Intelligence and Data Visualization Laboratory (AI/DV) will occupy 700+ square feet in the HST building. In support of the research and teaching missions of the College of Health, the Artificial Intelligence and Data Visualization Lab will showcase technologies for faculty and student researchers and their external partners. As technology advances, the AI/DV lab will develop training and consulting services to disseminate information about new tools, support integration of new technologies into coursework and facilitate partnerships that link faculty and students with external resources for new and useful tools.

Virtual Reality Lab

A virtual reality lab can be used to simulate environments and interactions. Virtual reality is now being used to treat children with autism in order to help them practice social interactions in a virtual classroom. It is also being used in a hospital setting to reduce chronic pain in patients.

Survey Research Laboratory

The HST building will include space for primary data collection from focus groups, face-to-face technology-assisted interviews, and remote data collection via telephone or internet conferencing. These resources will serve faculty, students, and project staff for rigorous qualitative, mixed-methods, and quantitative survey-based data collection.

Community Partnership Engagement Space

The HST building will have dedicated community space to allow community partners and members to interact with faculty, students, staff and partners. The grounds of the HST building will support community gardens as a way to bring fresh produce to local residents. The College of Health is committed to improving the health of our community through partnerships with nonprofits, healthcare providers, community leaders, and local businesses

Open Plan Wet and Dry Lab Space

Flexible, open laboratories accommodate immediate expansion and contraction of research groups with minimal disruption. The open lab zones house wet programs for chemistry and chemical engineering; damp labs for life science research; and dry zones for prototyping and fabrication. The lab zones are situated adjacent to the computational research labs within the building’s open office work area.