Welcome to the Galveston National Lab

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The Galveston National Laboratory (GNL) is a sophisticated high containment research facility that serves as a critically important resource in the global fight against infectious diseases. The GNL is located on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch and operates under the umbrella of UTMB’s Institute for Human Infections and Immunity.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) provides funding for the BSL4 laboratories and operations at the GNL, and the lab’s top priority is research to develop diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines to combat the most dangerous diseases in the world.

Researchers at the GNL are internationally known for their expertise working with pathogens including Ebola and Marburg, emerging infectious diseases like MERS, and mosquito borne viruses like Zika and Chikungunya. Research also focuses on understanding transmission and pathogenesis of emerging viruses and developing medical countermeasures for dangerous pathogens that can be weaponized.

The Galveston National Laboratory is home to research that is funded by NIAID, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and other federal agencies, as well as academic partners, private foundations, and the Biopharmaceutical industry.


2019-nCOV Now Available to Research Community

The World Reference Center for Emerging Viruses and Arboviruses (WRCEVA) at UTMB has the 2019-nCOV virus available for distribution to the research community. The WRCEVA received the USA_WA1/2020 isolate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Interested researchers should contact:

Kenneth Plante, PhD

Associate Director, Curator, World Reference Center for Emerging Viruses and Arboviruses
ksplante@utmb.edu
(409) 747-2432

Tom Ksiazek, DVM, PhD

Director, High Containment Laboratory Operations, Galveston National Laboratory
tgksiaze@utmb.edu
(409) 266-6902

Scott Weaver, PhD
Director, World Reference Center for Emerging Viruses and Arboviruses
Professor and Chair, Microbiology & Immunology
Director, Institute for Human Infections and Immunity
Scientific Director, Galveston National Laboratory
sweaver@utmb.edu
(409) 266-6500

Sara Woodson, PhD
Program Officer, Virology Branch
Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH
sara.woodson@nih.gov
(301) 761-6478