The BRI is unique in its capacity to perform multidisciplinary research on multiple pathogens and host species within a single facility. As the designated facility at Kansas State University for work on organisms classified by the U.S government as Select Agents (SAs), our highly specialized facilities and highly trained and approved personnel ensure constant accountability, safety, and security. Areas of emphasis include the following.
Basic biology of pathogens of animals, humans, or plants
Diagnostic technology development for rapid and accurate disease detection
Vaccine development, testing, and validation
Detection of pathogens in food — pre- and post-harvest
Food safety and security in food processing
Contamination control — mitigation and decontamination
Disease transmission between hosts and vectors