About the National Biocontainment Training Center
A grant from the U.S. Department of Defense supports the operation of the NBTC at UTMB. The NBTC is a collaborative effort of the safety professionals of the Environmental Health and Safety Office at UTMB and the scientists of the Galveston National Laboratory (GNL).
The NBTC offers didactic and practical (mock lab) training and evaluation of scientists preparing to perform infectious disease research with hazardous microorganisms. This includes instruction at all biosafety levels through BSL4. The initial instruction culminates in mentored training with experienced UTMB scientists in actual infectious disease laboratories with progression to the biosafety level required for the research the scientist is to perform.
The NBTC also offers a fellowship program to facilitate the development of select junior scientists’ early career development in high containment infectious disease research. Similarly, a program to develop high containment facility management personnel through a fellowship which mentors and exposes microbiologists and engineers to the daily maintenance and operations of advanced biocontaiment research facilities is also in place.
Both fellowship programs and the training program are highly synergistic with the overall operation of the GNL, and aim to assist national and international partners in meeting the high demand for trained and capable staff scientists and biocontainment personnel.