BLS3 & Vivarium facility2018-04-04T15:25:51+00:00

BLS3 & Vivarium Facility

Contact Information

Steven Park
Phone: (973) 854-3203
Email: parkst@njms.rutgers.edu

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) and Rutgers Regional Bio-containment Laboratory (RBL) houses 13,000 sq. ft. of Bio-Safety Level 3 (BSL3) vivarium and laboratory spaces dedicated to study infectious diseases and highly transmissible pathogenic agents.  The ICPH hosts the Northeast Biodefense Regional Center of Excellence (NBC-RCE) Small Animal Core, which is managed and operated by personnel at the Public Health Research Institute (PHRI) in the Research Animal Facility.  The goal of NBC-RCE is to aid scientists in infectious disease studies in small animal model systems.  For example, studies that examine disease pathogenesis, pathogen-induced host immune responses, novel therapeutic strategies and adjunct treatment regimens, improved diagnostics and vaccine development.  Rutgers RBL is also listed as one of thirteen national centers designated by the National Institutes of Health for research on infectious agents requiring BSL3 containment.  The facility also allows studies that involve select agents and NIAID priority A-C pathogens.  Rutgers RBL serves as a highly secured facility that provides an ultra-safe environment for all research staff and can serve as a specialized center to aid public health laboratories in an event of an infectious disease emergency.  Contractual work can also be provided to institutions or companies that request our services.

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.