Harvard University
Kizzmekia Corbett Lab

Higher Education:

Lavallee Brensinger Architects was engaged by Harvard University to transform existing lab space into a research facility to support the important work of Kizzmekia Corbett, a viral immunologist who joined the university’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases.

Corbett played a key role in the development of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during her time at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID) Vaccine Research Center. As a continuation of that development, the lab needed to be equipped for ongoing studies on pathogens that could potentially initiate future pandemics.

The existing space consisted of antiquated labs and support spaces with circuitous circulation, which posed safety concerns. Working closely and collaboratively with Dr. Corbett and her research team, our design experts aimed to create a modern, safe, functional, open, and welcoming environment through the renovation.

The result of the project was a vibrant and light-filled flexible research lab space, complemented by a welcoming shared pantry/lounge and conference room. These updated spaces not only improved operational efficiency and researcher safety within the labs but also provided ample access to daylight and views for the researchers. Moreover, the shared pantry/lounge and conference room offered the team a comfortable place to collaborate and socialize outside of the research environment.

Throughout the project, Lavallee Brensinger Architects ensured that the renovated space met the specific requirements of Dr. Corbett and her research team, reflecting their input and vision. By addressing the limitations of the previous setup and incorporating modern design principles, our team created an environment that supported the vital research conducted by Dr. Corbett and her colleagues.