Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) Core Facility

The Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) Core Facility provides a safe and secure work area for qualified and authorized researchers to perform studies that involve BSL-3 organisms. This facility is a restricted access area and is currently being used by trained and authorized UNMC personnel working with COVID-19.

The negative air pressure handling system, secure entrance and exit doors, five individual and secure Principal Investigator (PI)-assigned working suites, two pass-through autoclaves, annually certified biosafety cabinets, and personal protective equipment (PPE) contribute to the biosafety of each researcher using this facility. On-line scheduling via the UNMC Research Support System (RSS) is used to reserve working suites, which facilitates the coordination of shared space and the monitoring of researcher usage and needs.

Access to the BSL-3 Core Facility requires medical clearance, approval by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), documented experience and proficiency, fulfillment of BSL-3 biosafety and biosecurity requirements, project-specific BSL-3 training, BSL-3 Core Facility orientation and training, and then subsequent approval by the BSL-3 Core Facility Laboratory Director.

Acknowledging the Core

If any manuscripts, presentations, and grants include data generated from the use of the BSL-3 Core Facility, please include the following sentence in the ACKNOWLEDGEMENT section.

 ‘The University of Nebraska Medical Center BSL-3 Core Facility is administrated through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and is supported by the Nebraska Research Initiative (NRI).’'

Notify Us

Please send the full citation of publications that include data generated from the use of the BSL-3 Core Facility to Marilynn Larson (Director) for the annually required core facility report.