The Arthropod-borne and Infectious Disease Laboratory (AIDL) is a research center within the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology at CSU (Dr. Gregory Ebel: Director). Faculty at the AIDL facility and adjacent Infectious Disease Annex (IDA) engage in basic and applied research to promote a more complete understanding of pathogen transmission, persistence, and emergence with the goal of developing improved control of vector-borne and other zoonotic diseases. We are a broadly based, interactive, multi-disciplinary research and training unit that seeks to improve public health through the study of emerging zoonotic pathogens.
AIDL faculty members have ongoing collaborations with researchers at several national and international academic institutions, the Department of Defense, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Division of Vector-borne Infectious Diseases).
AIDL and the adjacent Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) possess state of the art animal containment facilities and insectaries for conducting investigations with zoonotic pathogens that cause human and animal diseases. We also have access to the nearby Research Innovation Complex (RIC) and CSU’s BioPharmaceutical Manufacturing and Academic Resource Center (BioMarc) to assist in moving research from laboratory-based discoveries to translational research initiatives and product development. Moreover, AIDL provides an outstanding scientific environment for researchers inside and outside CSU wanting to manipulate pathogens in vertebrate hosts and arthropod vectors.
The Primary Mission of AIDL is To:
- Devise novel vector- and disease- control strategies by applying state-of-the-art approaches to the study of arthropod-borne virus interactions with vector and vertebrate hosts.
- Develop rapid, clinically, and field relevant diagnostic assays for zoonotic diseases.
- Determine the trafficking and emergence potential of vector-borne and rodent borne viruses in nature.
- Determine the effects of genetic diversity of vectors, viruses, and host on vector-borne and rodent-borne virus persistence and emergence.
- Provide training for students, post-docs, and scientists in conducting virus-vector interactions.
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