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Emerging Pathogens Laboratory (EPL), Lyon (France)


Emerging Pathogens Laboratory (EPL), Lyon (France)

The Emerging Pathogens Laboratory (EPL) has been part of the Scientific Committee of the Fondation Mérieux since January 2011.

The EPL team is composed of 13 staff members: 4 scientists (PhDs), 4 engineers, 2 technicians, a fundraising manager and 2 administrative assistants, in addition to 2 doctoral students and 2 guest research scientists from the Institute of Biomedical Research of the French Army (IRBA).

The Emerging Pathogens Laboratory, covering a surface area of 450 square meters and subdivided into offices and laboratories, is located near the Jean Mérieux BSL-4 laboratory on the Charles Mérieux campus in Lyon, in a stimulating academic environment for the study of virology and immunology. The EPL operates its own BSL-2 laboratory, has access to the BSL-3 laboratory and for its research on Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever virus through its collaborative agreement with the Institute of Biomedical Research of the French Army (IRBA), it has access to the BSL-4 laboratory.

Since January 2013, the EPL has been one of the units collaborating with the International Center for Research on Infectious Diseases (CIRI), which was created to federate health care institutions from the Charles Mérieux campus involved in collaborative research projects on infectious diseases.

Its main mission is to strengthen local clinical biology and applied research capacities for a better understanding of infectious diseases.

The EPL is mainly skilled in molecular diagnostics, including DNA-Chips, multi detection techniques, molecular and cell biology. The EPL also studies and identifies pathogens.

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