A merger between the bioinformatics cluster and the proteomics cluster at UBC, created the Centre for High-Throughput Biology (CHiBi). This project was worked on for over five years by Phil Hieter, Brian Ellis, George Mackie, and Stephen Withers. CHiBi was an autonomous interdisciplinary research and graduate teaching unit with a focus on the application and development of high-throughput methods for the analysis of biological systems. In 2008, Dr. Stephen Withers was appointed as the Director of CHiBi. Later in 2015, CHiBi merged with the Michael Smith Laboratories (formerly known as the Biotechnology Laboratory).