BLS3 & Vivarium Facility

Contact Information

Juanita Vakerich
Phone: (973) 854-3180
Email: vakerijl@njms.rutgers.edu

Blas Peixoto
Phone: (973) 454-1507
Email: peixotbp@njms.rutgers.edu

The International Center for Public Health (ICPH) houses 10,000 sq. ft. of Bio-Safety Level 3 (BSL3) vivarium and laboratory spaces dedicated to study infectious diseases and highly transmissible pathogenic agents.

Features of the facility:

  • Air-handling and mechanical systems are dedicated and redundant for maximum safety
  • Flow cytometry, HPLC and Mass Spectrometry for molecular analysis
  • Glas-Col full body inhalation exposure systems located in the vivarium for studies involving animal models
  • A Perkin Elmer multi-modal in vivo imaging system
  • A CH Technologies aerosol exposure system
  • Vivarium space consist of:
    • Nine rodent housing rooms
    • Six small animals housing rooms
    • Six tissue culture rooms
    • Nine procedure rooms
    • Six dedicated rooms for aerosol challenge
  • Four animal holding rooms, four procedure rooms and two aerosol rooms can be dedicated for studies involving select agent.