／Common Research Facilities Central Laboratory for Biological Hazardous Microbes
This BSL-3 laboratory was set up in 1983 to ensure the safe handling of biologically hazardous microbes such as hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) virus. All experimental studies using hazardous microbes, such as HIV, should be handled in this laboratory. The laboratory is a three-story building with 550 m2 of floor space. The facilities are designed to protect researchers from pathogenic infection and to prevent the spread of biohazardous pathogens outside the building. The supply of fresh air is regulated to keep the room interiors at negative pressure. High-quality filters are installed on the exhaust outlet to minimize microbial contamination of the environment. Each room is equipped with safety cabinets and autoclaves to sterilize used material before disposal. Researchers must be approved by the Biosafety Committee before they use this laboratory. Various microbes, including HIV, SARS corona virus, and scrapie agent, are studies in this facility.
- Head,Prof. (concur.): Tatsuo Shioda