18 Apr 2015


This is where you’ll find the most up-to-date information on who we are, what we’re working on, what we’ve done, and how we did it. And how you can, too!


Mailing Address

Office: GCIS W234
Lab: GCIS W229
929 E. 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

On the map, GCIS, Gordon Center for Integrative Science, is the L-shaped building under the marker. Our lab is at the northwest corner on the second floor.


  • Lab: (773) 834-0635
  • Office: (773) 834-2017
  • Fax: (773) 702-0439

Design and Implementation

I was inspired by Trevor Bedford’s clean, elegant, and functional site. More than inspired–I’ve copied many aspects of his site, from visual design to conceptual organization to under-the-hood code, at Trevor’s (public) invitation. Rather than branching his code, I started from a different boilerplate, and adopted/adapted bits of his code during customization.

The site started with Jekyll Bootstrap, and was up and running in a weekend. The site is deployed using GitHub Pages, which combines source-code control and hosting in a most pleasant way. Modify, test locally, push, and it’s live.

Keeping with a major Jekyll Bootstrap idea, the site separates content and presentation. Presentation information is stored in a new theme, the lab theme, which may be useful to other research groups setting up sites.

By using Sass for stylesheets, the site gets virtually all the advantages of using Less, while exploiting native Sass support in GitHub Pages. The site uses Google Fonts as well, primarily Open Sans.

The site’s source code is freely available on GitHub. All code is placed under the MIT license. You’re welcome to borrow / repurpose code to build your own site, and if you do, I’d appreciate attribution and a link back here.