The JFRC would be a unique center where scientists from around the world could work collaboratively to create and exploit the new tools of biomedical science.
To facilitate this process, Rubin became VP and Director of Planning for JFRC in 2002, Which was modified again to VP and Director of JFRC in 2003, the title he currently holds.
The physical structure of JFRC, while large, involved, and complex (overall cost was in excess of $500 million), was likely one of the easier issues for Rubin to solve, especially with the support of the Rafael Vinoly architectural and construction team and HHMI architect and senior facilities officer Robert McGhee and a host of other support staff.
He hopes to see 'truly unanticipated discoveries' starting to come out the JFRC labs in five to 10 years--results that might not have come to light in any other environment, other than Janelia Farm.
Choosing the scientific areas for JFRC to focus on was similarly difficult.
As of this writing, seven Janelia Farm Group Leaders have accepted positions at JFRC. They, along with their bios and back: ground information can be found on the Janelia Farm Web site, www.hhmi.org/janelia.
As the construction and validation turmoil concludes for the now officially opened and inaugurated Janelia Farm, Rubin expects to spend a little more time on bringing his Drosophila genetics work to bear on issues of gene expression regulation in the brain--Rubin is also a group leader within the JFRC complex and has his own lab.
From groundbreaking in November 2002, to the official opening on September 6, 2006, the Janelia Farm Research Campus (JFRC) of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has been the focus of a great deal of attention from the scientific community.
Designed by internationally renowned architect Rafael Vinoly, the first-of-its-kind 68,786 [m.sup.2] JFRC features five acres of green roof and one of the world's largest installations of structural glass.
Indeed, the architectural design of the buildings and laboratories are aimed at achieving JFRC's central objectives--collaboration and flexibility.
With most of the JFRC below ground, that part of the structure that is exposed to the outside environment is done so through nearly