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Laboratory of Virology

The Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology

The MCB consists of six specialised research centres comprising 25 modern laboratories equipped with the highest class equipment. The purpose of the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology is to create a platform for communications between scientists and entrepreneurs. The MCB responds to the increasing needs for specialized institutions involved in the studies of life sciences. It provides connections between existing university structures, the society and the commercial sector. Therefore, we are always willing to cooperate with other science institutions by participating and contributing to their various projects within the field of life sciences, as well as providing our commercial services at a high level. The Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology (MCB) is a project devised by the two biggest universities in Kraków – the Jagiellonian University and the University of Agriculture, and is funded by the European Union under the Innovative Economy Operational Programme.

BSL3+ laboratory
The Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology has a Class 3 biological safety laboratory for maximum safety and protection of researchers and the community when work with pathogens is undertaken. The laboratory has a system of hermetic walls that permits pressure maintenance, a doubled HEPA H14 filter system and a modern ventilation system which all provide full security against any hazardous environmental contamination. All staff members perform their work in safety suits that are equipped with personal filtration systems. The laboratory allows for handling of highly contagious viral and bacterial pathogens that require a Class 3 biological safety facility. We use it to work on joined research programs and commercial projects requiring such a facility, or to allow access to laboratory space for interested groups.

ABSL3+ animal facility
Our Class 3 biological safety animal facility was also established at the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology. The facility is protected similarly to the BSL3 laboratory, and holds up to 3,000 mice. Animals are maintained in individually ventilated cages, which ensure personnel safety as well as prevention of possible transmission of pathogens between animals. The animal facility consists of three laboratories: animal husbandry, an animal procedure room and the research laboratory. This allows for work with both animal and cellular infectious material within the facility. The unit is equipped with safety systems (such as sterilising chambers), animal care systems including fodder storage, cage cleaning systems and automatic water supply. The premises are suitable for fumigation, which allows for proper operating conditions for individual research teams. The ABSL3 facility provides support for scientific projects on the pathogenesis of infectious diseases, and we are always interested in working with research groups and commercial entities. Any interested parties are welcome to contact the head of the Animal Facility and Virology Laboratory.

Contact
Krzysztof Pyrć Ph.D., D.Sc. (Head)
e-mail: k.a.pyrc@uj.edu.pl
Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology
Jagiellonian University in Kraków
7A Gronostajowa Str
30-387 Kraków, Poland
Phone: (+48) 692 696 863
Fax: (+48) 12 664 69 02