A new building is bringing more than 150 UF professors from eight different colleges under one roof.

The Emerging Pathogens Institute focuses on controlling new and re-emerging diseases. 

About 200 people attended a dedication ceremony for the institute Tuesday afternoon.

The building features an 80,000-square-foot facility built using a $55 million fund from the Florida Legislature. Medical, engineering and liberal arts and sciences researchers will be among those who work there.

The dedication included speeches from President Machen, Florida Surgeon General Dr. Ana M. Viamonte Ros and Jerold Mande, U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety.

Glenn Morris, the director of the Emerging Pathogens Institute, said the institute will help develop a creative approach to stopping diseases from entering the U.S.

“One of the things that is really exciting about this building is that we can bring together investigators from different disciplines,” Morris said.

The event also featured posters describing the research completed by 84 UF students and faculty.

Daniel Swale, a Ph.D student in entomology, displayed his research findings on a poster.

He said he is new to Gainesville and looking forward to conducting research alongside specialists from different areas of campus.