Original article from: BU Research posted on September 30, 2016. by Elizabeth...
A fully functional, productive infectious diseases Aerobiology Core is a critical linchpin in any emerging infectious diseases research laboratory. Since many severe diseases are contracted through the respiratory route, we must develop and study models that mimic the natural transmission of these infections as well as novel drugs, treatments, or prophylactic measures that would be effective via aerosol.
The design of the NEIDL incorporates both BSL-3 and BSL-4 Aerobiology Core laboratories. This design maximizes the efficiency of research to be performed under high containment by minimizing downtime required for conversion of a single flexible laboratory module. Moreover, it allows for concomitant use of both high-containment laboratories, thereby more than doubling the total workflow in this core.