The Biocontainment Operations Fellowship Program offered by the NBTC is a fellowship program designed to train individuals on the commissioning, operation, maintenance, and ongoing validation of Biosafety Level (BSL) 2, 3, and 4 laboratories.
Offered on the UTMB campus, this fellowship programs includes extensive training amidst the unique confines of a robust academic biocontainment research environment. Facilities include the Robert E. Shope, M.D. laboratory, the first full-suit BSL4 laboratory located on a U.S. academic campus, and the Galveston National Laboratory, one of two National Biocontainment Laboratories constructed by the National Institutes of Health in response to the federal government’s call to expand the nation’s infectious disease research infrastructure. Fellows will be an integral part of the GNL’s Biocontainment Engineering Team.
At the end of this unique training program, fellows will be trained and equipped to work as a member of a biosafety/biocontainment team in a large institution, or be the sole biosafety/biocontainment officer for a small institution.
The fellowship program’s course work and extensive hands-on training affords participants the skills necessary to effectively manage a biocontainment facility – from the day-to-day activities involved in the commissioning of a newly built or renovated containment laboratory facility to the ongoing operation, maintenance and validation of these laboratories.
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