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Biosecurity Research Institute


The Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at Pat Roberts Hall on the Kansas State University campus is a unique biocontainment research and education facility. 

The BRI supports comprehensive "farm-to-fork" infectious disease research programs that address threats to plant, animal, and human health.  Home to 113,000 square feet of lab, education, and administrative space, this BSL-3, ABSL-3 and BSL3-Ag facility offers countless research and education opportunities.

The concept for a facility dedicated to the protection of crops, livestock, food, and people from biological threats evolved from two key documents written in 1999. In March 1999, KSU proposed a “Homeland Defense Food Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness Program”(pdf), and in October 1999 KSU President Jon Wefald presented testimony to the U.S. Senate’s Emerging Threats Subcommittee, describing the “Agricultural Biological Weapons Threat: Food Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness”(pdf). These documents appear to be as relevant today as they were in 1999 and are an excellent resource for those interested in protecting America's agricultural infrastructure and economy.

Research at the BRI aims to ensure a safe food supply, protects public health and helps prevent major economic losses to U.S. agriculture.


Researchers at the BRI include K-State faculty, staff and students, as well as faculty from other academic institutions, industry scientists and government personnel. These researchers study a wide range of disease-causing pathogens. Areas of emphasis include:

  • Vaccine development, testing and validation
  • Pathogen-detection technology development and validation
  • Detection of pathogens in food, both pre-harvest and post-harvest
  • Food safety and security in food processing
  • Contamination control - mitigation and decontamination