CIU to Host New Health Sciences Lab Opening > Columbia Business Report

Columbia International University will open a new 2,700 square foot health sciences lab this week as part of the school’s ongoing health care program expansion.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the lab will be held Friday at 11 a.m. The lab is located near the Jones Center at the Monticello Road entrance to CIU.

CIU’s emphasis on health sciences includes a new major in biomedical sciences and a new residential nursing program offering a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

The lab will provide space for more than a dozen courses, including biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, anatomy and physiology. It includes state-of-the-art equipment, including Leica microscopes for observing cells and tissues at high magnification, a spectrophotometer used for chemical analysis and the measurement of chemical or enzymatic reactions, and gel electrophoresis for the analysis of DNA and proteins.

David DeWitt, dean of science programs at CIU, is a neuroscientist who comes to the school at Liberty University with 25 years of experience in higher education and nine years heading a biology and chemistry department. He said the new biomedical science major will be a rigorous program to prepare graduates for medical school as well as dental, pharmaceutical and other related professional programs.

“I am very pleased to contribute to CIU’s mission to educate students of the biblical worldview with an emphasis on health and science,” DeWitt said. “These new, well-equipped labs will help CIU contribute to the STEM and health workforce in South Carolina and around the world.”

Contact Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.

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