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.

Ebola Doctor Wows Audience

Dr. Ian Crozier, an infectious disease physician who has been on the frontlines of Ebola outbreaks in Africa and who survived the deadly disease in 2014, treated an audience of nearly 500 at UTMB to his story of "dual citizenship" as an Ebola caregiver and Ebola patient as part of the GNL's 10th Anniversary Celebration on Nov. 16th.

Dr. Crozier shared photos from the outbreaks in both Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as photos from his own six week hospital stay at Emory University Hospital where he was airlifted after contracting the disease, to punctuate his very personal and gripping story of survival and bravery.  He also personalized the story for GNL staff and students by acknowledging how the research being done at the GNL has helped to shape diagnosis, treatment and survival rates for Ebola patients.

More about the GNL's 10th Anniversary and Dr. Crozier's talk can be found on the NEWS page on this site.