Biosafety Level Three (BSL-3, ABSL-3) Facilities

Extensive BSL-3 and ABSL-3 level facilities are available for collaborative or contract work with qualified entities at the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute. The ABSL-3 facilities allow for inhalation exposure of pathogens for efficacy studies. The facilities have been cleared by the CDC for the handling of Select Agents and toxins.


LRRI's Select Agents registration allows LRR to conduct research using the following agents in vitro and in vivo (mice, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, ferrets, dogs, nonhuman primates) for instillation (aerosol, intranasal, intratracheal, intraperitoneal, intravenous, oral, gastric [gavage], subcutaneous, dermal, intracerebral).

LRRI Select Agents Registration:


Avian influenza virus (highly pathogenic)

Bacillus anthracis

Botulinum neurotoxins

Brucella abortus

Brucella melitensis

Brucella suis

Burkholderia mallei (formerly Pseudomonas mallei)

Burkholderia pseudomallei (formerly Pseudomonas pseudomallei)

Clostridium perfringens epsilon toxin

Coccidioides posadasii

Coccidioides immitis


Coxiella burnetii


Eastern equine encephalitis virus

Flexal South American haemorrhagic fever virus

Francisella tularensis

Monkeypox virus


Rickettsia prowazekii

Rickettsia rickettsii



Staphylococcal enterotoxins

T-2 toxin


Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus

Yersinia pestis

Key Capabilities:

  • Animal BSL-3 facility with aerosol exposure capabilities
  • 35 trained aerosol, toxicology and exposure personnel at the PhD/MS/BS level
  • Numerous rodent, ferret, nonhuman primate, and rabbit models are available
  • Registered with CDC under Laboratory Registration for Select Agent Transfer program
  • AAALAC, FDA, USDA, State and other regulatory licensure in hand