Jackson Lab groundbreaking scheduled for Thursday

About 200 dignitaries, researchers and others are expected to attend a daylong groundbreaking celebration Thursday for the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine at the construction site next to the UConn Health Center in Farmington.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst, Jackson Lab President and CEO Edison Liu will be among those who speak at the site of the future 189,000-square-foot research center that will investigate the genomic causes of human disease.

In the afternoon, genomicist Charles Lee of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School will give an academic seminar that will show the type of research that will be conducted at the new lab.

The research center, which is expected to open in the fall of 2014, is being touted as one of the keys to Connecticut’s bioscience initiative.