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Forensic Microbiology Laboratory & Homeland Security

Forensic microbiology uses cutting-edge technology and expertise to address the threat of dangerous pathogens. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has designed and developed test-bed platforms for thermal, chemical and ultraviolet decontamination studies in our forensic microbiology laboratory. Nonpathogenic simulants are used for pathogen studies, such as fowlpox to simulate Variola major and Bacillus thuringiensis to represent Bacillus anthracis (anthrax), to evaluate both pro-active source eliminations and post-event scenarios. In addition to decontamination, agent attribution and detection in the environment continues to be a program area focus.

SwRI performs decontamination studies in a homeland security microbial forensics lab.

SwRI performs decontamination studies in a homeland security microbial forensics lab.

Microbial Forensics Research for Homeland Security

The laboratory’s primary areas in homeland security and microbial forensics include:

  • Decontamination studies in the following categories:
    • Organisms:
      • Bacterial
      • Toxin
      • Viral
      • Fungal
  • Growth Study Culture Vessels
    • Egg culture
    • Spinner flask
    • Roller bottles
    • Traditional cell culture T-flasks
    • Assay plates
    • Growth vials
    • Fermenters/Bioreactors
  • Bioaerosol testing
  • Technology demonstration and evaluation
  • Molecular biology techniques
    • Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)
    • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), real-time PCR, and quantitative PCR

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