UF’s Haiti laboratory is a Biosafety Level-2 (BSL-2) containment encompassing approximately 1200 square feet of space supporting bench work, and accommodating equipment, chemical, reagents and supplies needed for laboratory work.
The laboratory’s research primarily focuses on the ecology, epidemiology, genetics and genomics of canonical and emerging enteric microbial pathogens, including Vibrio cholerae, pathogens responsible for cholera, and other enteric pathogens of bacterial, parasitic and viral origins responsible for acute and chronic diarrheal illness.
To facilitate the research, the UF’s Haiti lab has standard equipment including, 4ºC refrigerator, -20°C, -80°C, autoclave, freezers, water bath, incubator, shaking incubator, spectrophotometer, heat block, vortex, microscope, balance, colony counter, table top centrifuge, PCR machine, PCR work stations, BSC-cabinet, electrophoresis apparatus, gel documentation system, ice maker, pH meter, heater, super-Q water system, ELISA reader, and HACH instruments required for water quality measurements.
The laboratory has also access to other Haiti partners to facilitate the safe disposal of waste generated as a result of ongoing research activities. The facility also has received continued support from EPI IT and maintenance services.