Tag: UTHSC Regional Biocontainment Laboratory

UTHSC Awarded $3.2 Million for Upgrades to Regional Biocontainment Laboratory


The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has been awarded $3.2 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to upgrade the equipment and infrastructure in the UTHSC Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) on the Memphis campus to enhance the university’s research of infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Colleen Jonsson, PhD, Van Vleet Professor… Read More

Graduate Student Researchers Working to Unlock Secrets of SARS-CoV-2

PhD student researcher Mariah Taylor in the RBL

Graduate research assistant Mariah Taylor has had the chance to be in the middle of COVID-19 pandemic research in a way that few at her level have experienced. A student in the Biomedical Sciences program in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry, Taylor is working in the UTHSC Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) to help… Read More

Virus Hunter: UTHSC’s Colleen Jonsson Seeks Answers to Treat Deadly Viruses, Including COVID-19


It’s 105 degrees in June in the jungle of Paraguay, and Colleen Jonsson and her students are hunting a killer. They’re sweating under heavy biosafety gear and working in a makeshift lab set up on the porch of a house owned by the World Wildlife Federation. Their elusive prey is the hantavirus, a rodent-borne disease… Read More