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Biological Safety Lab

Published May 29, 2015

The University at Buffalo operates a single Biological Safety Level (BSL) 3 facility on university-owned property, conducts no "gain of function" research and is in compliance with Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health and all regulatory requirements.   The university takes very seriously its obligations and commitment to provide a safe and secure environment for all members of our campus community, as well as for visitors to our campuses.  

Scientific and medical knowledge made possible through the use of biocontainment facilities advance the development of treatments, vaccines, protective devices and tests for infectious diseases.

UB is registered to work with select agents focused on determining the performance of defensive technologies, such as personal and collective protection equipment, decontamination products and detection systems. 

The university regularly conducts safety and emergency response drills in coordination with local, regional and national agencies to provide a safe and secure environment for all members of our campus community, as well as for visitors to our campuses. 

UB's Biosafety Committee minutes are available to the community on request and the meetings are open to any interested parties.  It is imperative that federally funded scientific research is an open and transparent process and that public trust of academic and research institutions is not compromised.

We are unable to divulge the location of the facility or other specifics due to security concerns.