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Scientific Research Facilities

Explore Harvard’s wide range of facilities for teaching and research in the chemical, biological, physical, engineering, and computational sciences.

More than two dozen University buildings are used exclusively for scientific research. They offer interconnected labs, clusters, and offices designed to encourage scientists to cut across boundaries and collaborate. 

Edward Mallinckrodt Chemical Laboratory

One of four research buildings in the Cabot Sciences Complex, the Mallinckrodt lab features lecture halls as well as cutting-edge technology, such as scanning probe microposy.

Harvard University Herbaria

With more than five million specimens, the Harvard Herbaria is one of the 10 largest herbaria in the world. Along with its library, the institute forms the world’s largest university-owned herbarium.

Hoffman Lab

Using high-resolution scanning probe techniques, the Hoffman Lab strives to understand and control the electronic and magnetic properties of exotic materials.

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Combining the resources and research facilities of the Harvard College Observatory with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the Center for Astrophysics studies the nature and evolution of the universe.

Laboratory for Integrated Sciences and Engineering

The Laboratory for Integrated Sciences and Engineering (LISE), dedicated to nanoscale science, opened in 2007. An undergraduate lab for mechanical and biological engineering opened in the summer of 2008. The Northwest building opened in the fall of 2008 and offers more than 500,000 square feet of space for interdisciplinary research and teaching in sciences and engineering.

Northwest Labs/Building

A multi-disciplinary research facility for neurosciences, bio-engineering, systems biology, and computational analysis, the NorthWest Labs is a model of collaborative scientific learning.

The Science Center

The Science Center is open around the clock and is always bustling with students. It features modern lecture halls, classrooms, faculty offices, computer centers, a library, and laboratories that accommodate 800 researchers. There is also a mail center for first-year students, a café, and a working observatory.

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Founded in 1847 as the Lawrence Scientific School, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences today offers undergraduate concentrations in applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering sciences, and mechanical engineering.


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