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Biosecurity Research Institute


Researchers at the BRI include scientists from Kansas State University (K-State) and beyond. These researchers study a wide range of disease-causing pathogens. Among these are agents causing zoonotic diseases — those affecting both animals and humans — as well as animal-only pathogens and microbes involved in plant disease. Examples of diseases that researchers investigate include avian influenza, brucellosis, exotic bluetongue, Rift Valley fever, and wheat blast. Read more about BRI research.

The BRI provides a unique opportunity for collaborative research involving Kansas State University researchers and scientists from other academic, federal, and private research institutions. The facilities are available for use by scientists working within our multidisciplinary focus areas. If you are interested in conducting research at the BRI, contact the research director.

Areas of emphasis include:

  • 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

The BRI has several specialized spaces to facilitate animal, plant, and laboratory work. Read more about BRI research spaces.

The BRI has an experienced and capable research support team to help you conduct your work safely, efficiently and effectively. Read more about BRI research support services.

Research Spaces

Research Support Services 

  • Select Agent Registration
  • Biosafety Training 
  • Hazardous Material Shipping
  • Laundry
  • Consumable Supplies
  • Long Term Storage
  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Animal Care
  • Occupational Medicine
  • On-Site Science Equipment