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The RBL at Duke provides to the community:
  • Additional biocontainment space at Biosafety Level Three.
  • New State-of-the-Art facilities for cutting-edge research to develop vaccines, drugs and diagnostics against emerging infections (e.g., TB, SARS, influenza).
  • Biocontainment laboratory space that will provide additional capacity for the Durham County Public Health Department in times of need.
  • Biocontainment laboratory space available to Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC Central University, and NC State University researchers.
  • State-of-the-art facilities to enable researchers at these local institutions to compete successfully for Federal and other grant dollars.
  • New educational programs in biosafety, infectious diseases, immunology and public health.


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) at Duke including Dr. Michael Kurilla, Brian Letourneau, Ambrose Buck-Lewis, Nancy Boyd, Mayor William Bell, Dr. Barton Haynes, Mary Ann Black, Chancellor Victor Dzau, Dr. Richard Frothingham, Dr. Richard Brodhead, and Dr. R. Sanders Williams.


Dr. Rich Frothingham, Director of the RBL at Duke, shows Chancellor Dzau, Mary Ann Black, and Dr. R. Sanders Williams one of the biocontainment facilities