University of Florida dedicates new headquarters for Emerging Pathogens Institute

The University of Florida has held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new, 80,000-square-foot Emerging Pathogens Institute.

Approximately 150 researchers are from eight different colleges within the University of Florida are expected to utilize the building, which will research plant, animal and human pathogens.

"No other pathogens research facility in the nation has the breadth and scope of expertise that we do," Director Glenn Morris told

The new building features 28 laboratories, office areas and rooftop greenhouses as well as Level 3 biosafety labs designed and certified by the Centers for Disease Control.

The Level 3 labs feature a double-door entry and an exhaust system to filter out an aerosolized pathogens. The building also features Level 2 labs.

"The entire intent is to create an environment where we can work in safety," Morris said. "The organisms we work with -- such as multidrug resistant tuberculosis and influenza strains -- are already out in the community, but the labs let us do things safely that we couldn't do otherwise."

Major funding for projects at the Emerging Pathogens Institute has been secured from the Gates Foundation, National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense.

The institute, spearheaded by Dr. Richard Moyer, an associate dean for research development as well as a national expert on pox viruses, was dedicated in 2004.

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