The genius of generosity

Rajen Kilachand Stuns the Community with a $115M Gift for Life Sciences Research

The Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering is named in honor of Rajen Kilachand, a visionary Boston University alumnus and trustee. In addition to supporting the construction of the Kilachand Center building, his magnificent gift establishes the Rajen Kilachand Fund for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering—a $100 million endowment that will advance, in perpetuity, groundbreaking research at the intersection of the life sciences and engineering.

As a direct result of his philanthropy, the scientists gathered under this one roof will collaborate in interdisciplinary basic science research that could rewrite the story lines for important challenges, such as solving the riddles of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, accelerating our understanding of memory and speech, and delivering on the promise of synthetic biology to make molecules and tissues that mimic natural function and improve lives.


  • New Kilachand Center Links Key Research Disciplines

    On BU Today

    With a powerful boost from the largest gift in its history, Boston University on Thursday officially opened the Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering, a state-of-the-art research facility that brings together life scientists, engineers, and physicians from the Medical Campus and Charles River Campus and promises to speed life-changing developments in the fields of human health, environment, and energy. Read more