University of Alabama Regional Biocontainment Lab

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Contact Information

Director: Samuel C. Cartner, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Animal Capabilities, including species and containment level(s)

All available at BSL3/ABSL3 level

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Guinea pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Ferrets
  • Rabbits
  • Nonhuman primates

Animal Models, including species, disease, and delivery method

  • Mice and ferrets (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza-aerosol, intranasal, intradermal)
  • Mice (Venezuelan and Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis viruses, intranasal, subcutaneously)
  • Mice, guinea pigs (Mycobacterium tuberculosis, aerosol, intranasal, intratracheal)


Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Avian Influenza Viruses (including HPAI), Venezuelan, Eastern and Western Equine Encephalomyelitis viruses, SARS CoV, MERS, West Nile, Chikungunya virus.

Laboratory and Analytical Support

  • Pathology services: Comparative Pathology Laboratory (ARP)
  • Microbiology services: in house and Comparative Pathology Laboratory (ARP)

Ability To Accommodate cGLP or cGMP Studies?


Specialized Areas or Major Equipment Available

Glas-Col Inhalation Exposure System, Micro-injection system (Nikon dissection scope, micro-injector, micro-manipulator), shower out at the suite level in the in-vitro and in-vivo containment areas.

Shared Resources That Amplify and Expand Research Capabilities

The robust and dynamic UAB biomedical research/academic institution includes about 1.3M NASF of research, procedure and support space contiguous to the SEBLAB. The approximately 1000 scientists at UAB maintain approximately $400M in HHS funded research. The program includes many shared resources that could support the SEBLAB as needed and include the following:

  • SEBLAB Aerosol Core
  • Transgenic Animal/Embryonic Stem Cell Resource
  • Genetically Engineered Mutant Mouse Core Facility
  • Epitope Recognition Immunoreagent (Hybridoma) Core
  • Small Animal Imaging Core
  • Multi-Modality Imaging Core
  • Microsurgical Core
  • Small Animal Metabolic Phenotyping Core
  • Neuroscience Behavioral Phenotyping Core
  • Cellular and Synaptic Physiology Core
  • Flow Cytometry Core
  • Animal X-Ray Irradiator Resource
Content last reviewed on November 14, 2016