Bacteriology and virology research

The BCIVV center is the largest at Biodesign, with an entire floor devoted to state-of-the-art research in platforms to produce new vaccines and therapeutics. Here, a student performs a plaque assay to determine viral titer. 


Plant-based vaccines

A tobacco plant is infiltrated with a solution cointaining a modified tobacco mosaic virus to produce proteins that will trigger an immune response to combat a variety of infectious diseases.

Automated sample prep

BCIVV has Beckman Coulter Biomek 4000 Workstations to offer powerful and intelligent liquid handling that adapts to changing situations, and  help scientists streamline workflows and automate laboratory needs. 


Molecular biology

A suite of molecular biology tools and equipment can be used to examine DNA constructs, mRNA and protein expression.