The Virginia Commonwealth University, (VCU) was founded in 1838 in Richmond, Virginia. VCU has approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree students. VCU is noted for high research activity in the combined medical school and research institute. The VCU Medical Center is ranked high for complex surgeries including heart transplants. The Lois E. and Eugene P. Trani Life Science Building is relatively new and promotes research in the life sciences. VCU's analytical chemistry Dr. John B. Fenn was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2002.