The Biosafety Level-3 Laboratory ensures safe working conditions for
researchers carrying out studies requiring stringent levels of biological
containment. The laboratory is under negative pressure with exhaust air HEPA
filtered. The laboratory is approved and licensed by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
BSL-3 suite is 413 sq ft and is outfitted with the following equipment:
biological safety cabinet, class II type B2, hands free sink (pedal operated),
hands free sink with eye-wash (pedal operated), bench-type centrifuge, microfuge,
microscope, thermal cycler, autoclave, incubator, -20˚ C freezer, -80˚ C freezer
and a refrigerator.
The BSL-3 laboratory has a telephone, data lines for computer networking and a
fax machine for data transmission. Access to the laboratory is through a change
room and air lock and is controlled by an access control system. The air lock is
positive to both the BSL-3 and the change room and serves as the pressure
barrier to prevent the flow of air from the BSL-3 to the change room and the
exfiltration of air to the general corridor.
Researchers must receive U.S. Department of Justice and CDC approval to be
considered for access. The Institutional Biosafety Committee is responsible for
certifying users for access based on prior proficiency and training. A BSL-3
Biosafety Manual describes all procedures that must be followed by researchers
carrying out projects in the BSL-3 facility.
Ira Schwartz, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Telephone: 914 594-4175
Fax: 914 594-4176