Facilities and Equipment
The MVC laboratories are located in the Research Building centrally located on the ONPRC campus. The MVC laboratory (over 1,000 sq. ft.) contains a tissue culture room, as well as molecular virology and general laboratory space.
The laboratory is divided into a Biological Safety Level (BSL)-2 space and a separate BSL-2+ laboratory (315 sq. ft.) used for work with infectious HIV and SIV samples. The laboratories are well equipped for virus isolation/propagation, PCR-based quantitative virology methods, serology/immunology, and molecular virology under BSL-2 and BSL-2+ containment levels. Major MVC equipment includes biosafety cabinets, fume hood, CO2 incubators, fluorescent microscope, tissue grinders, robotic nucleic acid purification system, nanodrop spectrophotometer, table-top and ultracentrifuges, PCR hood, multifunction plate reader and washer, thermocyclers for quantitative and standard PCR, bacterial incubator and shaker, liquid nitrogen dewer, fridges and freezers for sample storage.