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Biosecurity Research Institute

About the BRI

The Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) is the home of comprehensive infectious disease research to address threats to agriculture and public health.

The facility is located at Pat Roberts Hall on the Kansas State University (K-State) campus. It was designed and constructed to meet or exceed biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) and biosafety level 3 agriculture (BSL-3Ag) standards. This facility provides K-State scientists and their collaborators with a safe and secure location to study high-consequence pathogens affecting plants, animals, and food products, including zoonotic pathogens that infect humans.

Mission and vision

BRI’s mission is to lead through research and education to protect agriculture and the public from biological threats. This mission supports the vision of attaining international recognition and respect for BRI as a leader in research and education on high-consequence pathogens.

  • The BRI is a unique facility that provides research, education, and training space to support animal disease scientists, food safety researchers, plant pathologists, entomologists, and those studying the basic molecular biology of high-consequence animal, human, and plant pathogens. The BRI has a broader research and training focus that most other containment laboratories. 

  • Research at the BRI ensures a safe food supply and helps prevent major economic losses to the agriculture and food industries.

  • The BRI enables researchers to evaluate all aspects of the food chain, from the raw material to the finished product. This multi-disciplinary approach complements the land-grant mission of Kansas State University.

Read more about research at BRI
Read more about education and training at BRI
Looking for history? Read BRI: The First Five Years (PDF)

BRI Expressions of Strength

thumbnail front cover Expressions of Strength

Biosecurity: Preparing the U.S. for Emerging Biological Threats Through Workforce Development

Food Security: Food-Borne Pathogens in Pre- and Post-Harvest Livestock Research

Food Security: Plant Pathogen Research

Preparing the Bio/Agro-defense Workforce

Research & Development for U.S. Bio/Agro-defense: Protecting Agriculture and Preserving Public Health