UW Research

UW BSL3/ABSL3 Facility



The Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) -managed BSL3/ABSL3 facility is a state-of-the-art high containment research facility designed for both in vitro and in vivo research requiring biosafety level 3 (BSL3) containment, including work with select agents. Research conducted within the facility furthers the understanding and development of vaccines, diagnostics, and treatments for potentially life-threatening infectious diseases. The facility is available for use by UW investigators as well as external institutions.

Type: Facility/Service


  • Twelve fully-equipped BSL3 laboratories with standard equipment including biological safety cabinets, double-stacked incubators, centrifuges, freezers, and microscopes.
  • Six ABSL3 animal housing and procedure room suites. Each suite is equipped with Allentown BCU caging for mice or rats. Additional species may be accommodated. Animal facilities are a component of the University‚Äôs AAALAC-accredited animal program.
  • Two shared-use rooms equipped with specialized equipment.
  • Multiple pass-through autoclaves, each adjacent to a secure waste validation room.
  • Separate male and female locker rooms with showers.
  • Remote equipment monitoring and alarm notification.


Skilled personnel are available to:

  • Provide basic and advanced technical services (e.g., laboratory and animal procedures) on a fee-for-service basis.
  • Manage and implement in vitro and in vivo research protocols.
  • Serve as scientific collaborators.

Keywords: General

Biosafety Level 3, BSL3, Animal Biosafety Level 3, ABSL3, animal containment