Located on BU’s Medical Campus, the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) contains Biosafety Level 3 and 4 labs that are among the most advanced in the world. NEIDL’s BSL-3 lab has been active since 2014, and the BSL-4 lab is expected to open—and begin research on Ebola and Marburg viruses—by the fall of 2015. Participants will meet NEIDL director Ronald Corley and staff researchers and take limited tours of the facility.
For safety and security reasons, the public is not allowed inside BSL-3 and BSL-4 labs, but participants will be able to view researchers at work through windows and chat with them via the NEIDL’s voice communications system—or, more informally, in a separate meeting room.
Researchers available on site may include
Elke Muhlberger, one of the world’s leading Ebola and Marburg virus researchers
Paul Duprex, an expert on measles and mumps, as well as zoonosis (diseases that jump from animals to humans)
John Connor, who applies cutting edge optics to virus detection
Nahid Bhadelia, a physician and epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center who is the NEIDL’s director of infection control, and made three trips to West Africa during the Ebola outbreak
Adam Hume, a postdoctoral fellow in Muhlberger’s lab who studies the way viruses inhibit cells’ innate immune pathways
Gustavo Mostoslavsky, from BU’s Center for Regenerative Medicine, who studies what happens when dangerous zoonotic viruses jump from bats to humans.
For security clearance purposes, all meeting participants who register for the NEIDL field trip will be contacted by ScienceWriters2015 organizers and asked to supply a full name and date of birth. Non-U.S. citizens will be required to supply passport and visa numbers.