Innovation labs

In their Innovation Lab, Drs. Danyu Lin and Fred Wright work to untangle the relationship between genomics and disease.The innovation lab program, established in 2007, supports:

  • high-impact research
  • demonstration projects
  • teaching practices that anticipate future public health challenges and accelerate sustainable solutions across North Carolina and around the world.

See the complete list of funded innovation labs.

Gillings Innovation Labs are funded by the School’s $50 million gift from Dennis Gillings and Joan Gillings. This model has been so successful that other funders want to partner with the School to solve problems through Commissioned Innovation Labs.
  • 18 Gillings Innovation Laboratories fundedUNC experts work to increase access to clean water across the globe.
  • 2 Commissioned Innovations Labs awarded
      • ChildFund
      • International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials

GIL Updates:

  • Alice Ammerman, who was awarded one of the first GILs, continues to help North Carolinians eat healthy. Read more here.

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Anticipate. Accelerate.