CFAR Virology Core

CFAR Virology Core

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The CFAR Virology Core has evolved around two primary activities:
(i)  to provide campus-wide access to state-of-the art laboratory infrastructure for HIV centered BSL2+ research, and
(ii)  to offer a range of customized services, including consultation, training, assay performance and reagent provisio which facilitate the HIV research of our CFAR members. 
 
Work with "live" HIV requires appropriately equipped laboratory infrastructure for BSL2+ research. By providing such resources, the Virology Core removes barriers to engage in research requiring work with infectious HIV, especially for junior investigators or those new to the HIV field .
  • Provision of access to this infrastructure starts with initial biosafety training, and training in fundamental HIV methods.
  • The Virology Core monitors ongoing operation to assure biological safety complianceas mandated by NIH guidelines and UAB Biosafety regulations and coordinates continuous maintenance activities for equipment and facilities.
Most importantly, the Virology Core delivers customized services to augment the capabilities and productivity of CFAR researchers.
  • The Core offers consultationfor all aspects of HIV/AIDS research using infectious virus or vectors, including training for a wide range of experimental methods;
  • we offer support with and execution ofstandardized and developmental assays;
  • we provide review of experimental approaches and data, especially for junior investigators and those new to the HIV field;
  • we make available a range of state-of the art virologic tools (e.g. transmitted/founder HIV starins; various reporter HIV and SIV) and serve as a central resource of research materialsthat have been generated by UAB CFAR researchers.
 In addition, through its Molecular Reagents Supply Center,
  • the core enables rapid access to critical research supplies at reduced prices.
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