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University of Chicago Microbiologists Prepare for Move to New Laboratory

On Dec. 1, 2009, the United States Department of Energy notified the University of Chicago Medical Center that it had full approval to “commence research operations” at the newly constructed Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory, operated by the Medical Center to study the organisms that cause infectious disease on land owned by the United States Department of Energy at Argonne National Laboratory.

Securing full approval meant passing rigorous inspections and fulfilling requirements mandated by the Department of Energy as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Select Agent Program.

“The express purpose and specific design of the laboratory is to generate the very best science and technology in a safe, state-of-the-art facility,” said lab director Olaf Schneewind, MD, PhD, professor and chair of microbiology at the University of Chicago and director of the Great Lakes Regional Center of Excellence (GLRCE) for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research.

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