This core consists of a Biosafety Level-3 laboratory (BSL-3), a repository freezer storage space for samples processed by the core, administrative office space for the core director, James Bremer, PhD, and core personnel.
1653 W. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-3308
Fax: (312) 942-6787
This is the only BSL-3 facility in the RTSC. The core is designed to handle human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and similar risk group 3 pathogens, which are agents associated with serious or lethal human disease for which preventive or therapeutic interventions may be available. In addition to HIV, bacteria such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, viruses such as West Nile Virus, SARS coronavirus and pandemic strains of influenza virus need to be handled in a BSL-3 containment facility. Genetically modified Risk Group 2 (RG2) agents should also be handled in a BSL-3 facility prior to complete pathogenic characterization.