McArdle 'Blog' photoMcArdle Blog L7 ~ 3/27/2014

A WIMR II Exposé

The Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research, or WIMR, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are an impressive edifice to scientific research. A series of three towers are planned, and the second one – WIMR II – will be the new home of the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research. 

Chris MartinelliWith the move to WIMR II looming (somewhere) in the horizon, the McArdle blog team is excited to share this new post with you.  Read for tips on making the move as seamless as possible from our intrepid facilities director, Chris Martinelli (pictured here), and watch a video tour of the new tower!

We sat down with Chris to get the scoop on the move:

Q: How many floors will McArdle Labs occupy? And how are the various groups split up?

A: We will be occupying the 6th and 7th floors of WIMR II. We wanted to maintain existing relationships between labs as well as accommodate desired relationships so that we maintain a collaborative atmosphere. The administrative offices will be located in the southern quarter of the 6th floor.

Q: On what basis were some labs assigned to WIMR I versus WIMR II?

A: Dr. Elaine Alarid’s lab was the only group from McArdle re-located to WIMR I.

Q: What are some of the other departments with which we will be sharing WIMR II?

A: Cell and Regenerative Biology, The Eye Institute, Neuroscience, Surgery, and Dermatology.

Q: How are the desk space, offices, and social areas distributed?

A: All staff and students will have a desk outside of lab. We designed the lab space such that all benches are elevated and there will be no permanent desks in the lab space unless it is desired. The labs are set up in a modular fashion that allows for flexibility. Any room with a door is a P.I. office. There will be mini conference rooms every half floor.

Q: For any given lab, how long does/should the move take?

A: The actual move will take 2-3 days. There will be no boxing of lab equipment/reagents. Rather, everything will be put on carts, shrink-wrapped, and moved over in trucks. There is no need to pre-pack things that need moving; that is redundant. We want everyone to move within a 2-3 week period.

Q: Finally, what advice do you have for lab members preparing to move?

A: Purge, purge, purge! We have chemical safety bins downstairs. Call and request a chemical safety bin from me (, and you may discard all of your unwanted chemicals without any paperwork. Also, get rid of paper. You may request from me to have a recycling bin be parked outside your lab. To discard unwanted equipment, contact me and I will coordinate with SWAP.

There you have it, folks. The next few months will be busy for us at McArdle, but we are all looking forward to the next chapter of McArdle research at WIMR II. Enjoy our preview of the new lab space!

~Emily Chin & Saja Fakhraldeen