The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Biological Safety Level III Laboratories
BSL 3 Laboratory Facilities
The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine's Animal Biological Safety Level III Laboratory Facilities provide researchers with state-of-the-art laboratories in which to safely study biosafety level III pathogens, agents, toxins and select- and non-select agents regulated by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The lab has been designed to safely accomodate research, clinical and diagnostic procedures
and our animal housing areas are designed to accomodate rodents and other small animals.
In addition to the animal areas, each laboratory contains 3 to 4 individual rooms for virology,
microbiology and molecular biology work. Both facilities allow up to approximately 20 researchers to work simultaneously in the 2 laboratories. Together, the labs contain:
- 9 class II biological safety cabinets
- air interlocks
- 4 pass through autoclaves
- 2 showers
Uniquely, researchers in our facilities are able to visualize, in real time, microbe-host cell interactions using a Zeiss Microimaging, Inc. fluorescent inverted live-cell imaging system complete with environmental chamber; thus, this powerful system provides our researchers with the unparalelled ability to perform certain microscopy experiments in the lab that otherwise would be impossible because all biological samples must be inactivated prior to removal from the laboratory.