Facilities home of the Emerging pathogens institute
The EPI is a Florida research facility focused on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases found in the state and across the world. The institute is uniquely equipped to study plants, animals, people, the environment and food safety.
Established in 2006
Core Research Facility
The Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) occupies an 90,000-square foot building, which opened in January of 2010. The green-certified building fosters collaboration among the more than 250 microbiologists, epidemiologists, computer modelers, pathologists, geographers, statisticians, ecologists, entomologists and molecular geneticists who comprise the institute.
Facility Space and resources
300+ Faculty, staff and students with access to EPI research areas
23,000 sq. ft Total BSL/ACL lab space
150+ Carrels for students, postdoctoral fellows and junior lab staff
50+ Offices for faculty investigators and senior administrative staff
4,500 sq. ft. Aquatic pathobiology lab space
3,950 sq. ft. Extensive biomathematics area, including breakout areas and whiteboard walls
EPI Laboratory infrastructure
AQUATIC PATHObiology LAB
The aquatic research laboratory offers members lab space to work in areas of aquatic toxicology, aquatic pathology and virology, and ecological studies that examine relationships among aquatic animal health, human health and environmental stress.
The aquatic pathobiology lab (APL) offers members a dynamic space that facilitates their research. Features include a temperature-controlled water loop, hot water heaters, mixing valves, custom saltwater flow, wastewater disinfection system and more.
Lab facilities in haiti
The Emerging Pathogens Institute has developed an infectious diseases lab in Haiti to help guide public health interventions and train Haitian investigators and laboratory technicians. This capacity includes laboratory space located on the Love a Child (LAC) campus in Fond Parisien, Haiti.
LAC operates an outpatient clinic and birthing center which serve the Fond Parisien neighborhood and the surrounding mountain villages.
The laboratory has approximately 1,665 square feet of BSL2 laboratory space, fully equipped for work in microbiology and molecular genetics.
EPI Informational technology
The EPI offers a full-time professional information technology (IT) staff dedicated to maintaining the highest quality-computing environment, while working closely with University of Florida Computing Network Services and Office of Information Technology.
The EPI IT team offers an array of services and resources available to members.
Data storage is provided through various means of secure and vetted storage as provided by UF’s Integrated Risk Management program.
The EPI IT team employs the latest security technology to monitor and protect all network activity, in addition to being part of UF’s site-wide monitored network.
The institute hosts a powerful, reliable and secure computer environment for researching, storing, analyzing and securing large sets of data.
research dATA PROCESSING
REDCap is a heavily used resource for EPI and is a large focus of the institute’s auditing processes. EPI’s data management analyst is responsible for EPI’s REDCap projects. The institute performs audits on a semester basis to ensure access is retained only by those who need it. Only active users partaking in data transfers are given privileges to access and use REDCap.