Animal Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory

Provides access for researchers to appropriate laboratory facilities to conduct non-Select Agent in-vivo work


Dalis Collins


Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine

Who We Serve

University of Michigan Researchers

Core Summary

ABSL-3 facilities for in-vivo work are currently only able to support rodent studies. Most research being conducted in the ABSL-3 is dedicated to SARS-Cov2 and the ability to support multi-pathogen work is limited.

Service Categories: Animal Research


  • Consultations

  • Training

Additional Services

Operations and facility maintenance of the ABSL-3 is supported by ULAM with daily husbandry care of animals provided by the research staff. ULAM is responsible for stocking supplies (animal caging, PPE, disinfectant, ect), autoclaving out dirty equipment and supplies, general facility cleaning, and coordination of facility and equipment maintenance. Laboratories supply their own consumables and any research equipment or supplies not listed below in the core equipment outline. Typical lead times for laboratories to complete training and gain access to the ABSL-3 facilities is 3 months after IBC and animal use protocol approval. All new projects require an initial consultation between EHS, ULAM veterinary and husbandry staff, and the interested researcher.


  • Biosafety cabinets
  • Cell Sorters
  • Centrifuge
  • Microscope

Additional Equipment

2 Biological Safety Cabinets appropriate for level 3 work
-80*C freezer (TSX series)
Centrifuge (Thermo Scientific Sorvall Legend XF / XFR) with Eppendorf and Falcon tube adaptors.
2 Incubators (NAPCO Series 8000WJ)
Digital Microscope (EVOS M5000 Imaging System)
Microplate Reader (BMG CLARIOstar plus)
Tissue Homogenizer (Cole-Parmer Tissue Homogenizer with US Plug)
Sample Lysis System (MP FastPrep-24 5G bead beating grinder and lysis system)
Cell Sorting System (MidiMACS Separator)
Pipettes (Fisherbrand Elite – P2, P20, P200, P1000; Multichannel pipet 8 well Finnpipette F2 10-100 microliter; Multichannel pipet 12 well Finnpipette F2 30-300 microliter )
Pipette controller (Fisher)
Computer (HITS OptiPlex 5090 SFF)
Small refrigerator and freezer
Shaker (MaxQ 2000 Thermo Scientific)
Flow cytometer (Attune NxT Flow Cytometer System)
Dry block heater (Fisher Scientific – Isotemp )