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Biosecurity Research Institute

Research Support Services

The BRI's research support staff is a customer-oriented group whose goal is to help facilitate your project. BRI staff will assist you in evaluating your research needs, selecting appropriate spaces to work within the building, developing SOPs, selecting and installing specialized equipment, training you and your staff, and troubleshooting any problems that arise during your work here. For more information on research support services, please contact the Interim Director of Operations. With the exception of our premium support services listed at the bottom of this page, all services are included with room rental fees.

Routine research support services we offer include:

Facilities & Equipment
  • Use of common spaces, including:
    • Autoclave rooms
    • Change vestibules
    • Corridors
    • Animal support spaces
  • Basic required laboratory clothing for use inside biocontainment areas
  • Standard required personal protective equipment (PPE), including:
    • Disposable gloves
    • Disposable gowns
    • Eye protection
    • Disposable respirators
    • Tyvek covers (sleeves, suits)
    • Animal handling protection
  • Core laboratory equipment, including:
    • Biosafety cabinets
    • Deionized water source (house system)
    • As available:
      • Incubators
      • Freezers
      • Refrigerators
  • Reasonable individual space on network drives for data storage and retrieval
  • Internet and network connection from biocontainment space (individual PC connection must be authorized by the information technology officer)
  • Information technology support, including management of secure data network with automated back‐up.
  • Physical security program administration and management, including:
    • Controlled access
    • General background investigations
    • Camera systems
Safety & Regulatory Support
  • Required biosafety and operations training (all occupants)
  • Special permit and Select Agent Registration assistance with centralized pathogen authorization program administration
  • AAALAC animal care and use coordination and supervision
Operational Support
  • Required space decontamination services
  • Laboratory support services and coordination
    • Laundry services
    • Waste management (autoclave, tissue digester, effluent decontamination, radioactive materials, sharps, chemical waste, required supplies unless outside of expected quantities and types)
    • Equipment inventory management
    • Shower supplies (standard shampoo, soap, towels)
    • Stock room operations (supply costs reimbursable to the BRI as appropriate)
  • Base repair and maintenance services
  • Utilities and telephone


Premium support services we offer include:

  • Specialized personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements (e.g., non-disposable respirators) based on risk assessment of individual projects
  • Specialized facility improvement or modifications for equipment installation and use
  • Special space decontamination services
  • Special waste disposal needs
  • Kansas State University (K-State) Comparative Medicine Group (CMG) services specific to the BRI
      • Additional animal care staff
      • Veterinary technician staff
      • Biocontainment Veterinarian
      • Feed
      • Animal room set-up
      • Cage wash
      • Transportation and delivery
      • Supplies at cost, plus order fees
Research Support Staff