An important role of the Galveston National Laboratory involves the training of personnel to work in high containment research facilities. This training extends to operations, and GNL personnel have worked with representatives of biocontainment laboratories around the world to share best practices and lessons learned during our ten years of operations.
Most recently Lee sung-jae, an engineer and research director with Seoul-based Wosem, a major engineering, design and construction firm, spent a week at the GNL learning about the design, construction and operational parameters of a BSL4 lab. Wosem has designed and built several BSL3 labs in South Korea and is preparing to make a bid to become the construction partner of record for a new BSL4 lab to be built in that country to house military research.
Miguel Grimaldo, Biocontainment Engineer for the GNL, is known literally around the world for his expertise in high containment laboratory engineering and operations. He developed the customized curriculum for Mr. Lee, involving many other UTMB employees, including trainers from the International Biosafety Training Center. A translator from Houston also participated in the training and education.