Construction on ICOM’s Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) research laboratory finished in January 2019, providing a total of 1,674 square feet of wet and dry research laboratory space for students and faculty to pursue research.
ICOM’s Research Lab meets and exceeds the standards of a BSL-2 designation, which refers to the safety precautions that have been engineered into the lab. In a BSL-2 laboratory, researchers are able to work safely with microbes that would otherwise pose a moderate risk to human health, such as HIV, Hepatitis A, B, and C, and Salmonella.
In addition to the main laboratory, there is also a tissue culture room with two biosafety cabinets. Equipment includes a flow cytometer, plate reader, PCR machines, and other standard instrumentation.
Campus infrastructure and site utilities available in the lab include: electrical service, plumbing, lab vacuum, lab air, natural gas, wireless access, data and telephone.
“Research is a priority at ICOM. Over time, we will build our capabilities, our infrastructure, the opportunities — not just for lab research — but for medical education, for clinical research, for community research.”
— Dr. Todd Coffey, Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Research and Biostatistics at ICOM.