Carnegie Mellon's Department of Biological Sciences is based in the historic Mellon Institute. On site are modern facilities and equipment for research in the biosciences, including research and teaching laboratories, computing facilities, the biology and chemistry library, animal facilities, lecture and seminar rooms, instrument and chemical storage areas, a drafting facility and office space. The eight-story Mellon Institute also houses the University's Department of Chemistry, the Pittsburgh NMR Center, the Molecular Biosensor and Imaging Center and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition.
The extensive academic, research and recreational resources of Carnegie Mellon's main campus are a short walk away. Across the street is the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Biological Sciences, and nearby is the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center complex, which includes numerous resources used by the Oakland scientific community.