Infectious Agent Repository

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Program Manager:
Thomas Bakken
bakk0110@umn.edu
Office: 612-626-3059

Program Director:
Dr. Maxim Cheeran
cheeran@umn.edu
Office: 612-626-9930

VPM Department Chair:
Dr. Tom Molitor
molit001@umn.edu
Office: 612-625-5295

The Infectious Agent Repository provides College of Veterinary Medicine researchers with a resource to store and access various clinical isolates of infectious organisms for research. This resource is unique to the university and will be extended to all faculty and staff at the University on a fee-for-use basis. In addition, services will be offered, upon request, to those not affiliated with the University of Minnesota.

The Infectious Agent Repository is located in building 385, situated adjacent to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, with contiguous access to the Veterinary Medical Center, Animal Science Veterinary Medicine Building, and Veterinary Science Building. The facility, accessed by secure key card entry, has three separate rooms capable of housing a total of 15 freezers at maximum capacity (all continuously monitored by BSAC) and a central laboratory with two biosafety cabinets and benches designed for the safe handling and processing of infectious agents. The Repository is staffed during normal business hours.

The function of the IAR is to serve as a core CVM resource facility for:

Storage and maintenance of infectious agents

This site serves as a Repository for infectious agents of food animal, companion animal, and wildlife. A catalogue of isolates and its associated data, and a searchable digital inventory is maintained by the facility. Clinical, diagnostic, and/or molecular analysis data for each isolate will be catalogued as available with each archived isolate.

Distribution of samples

Upon request, isolates available in the Repository will be processed for transport or shipping using appropriate SOPs for packaging and transportation of the agent(s) contained in the sample.

Sample Storage

The Repository offers ultra-cold storage (-80oC) at as an alternative to researchers investing in purchasing individual freezers for their laboratories. This service provides a cost-effective, popular solution to a common problem encountered in research labs, particularly for short-term, limited-volume storage capacity or for emergency storage.

Receiving and processing clinical samples

Clinical samples with unknown pathogens or known BSL-2 agents will be processed in the laboratory for storage. Clinical samples from ongoing research experiments or surveillance studies may also be received in this laboratory for processing and/or storage. A minimum information data set associated with all clinical samples will be collected for storage and/or archiving.

Inventory software use

The IAR utilizes the FreezerPro® Enterprise Inventory System to maintain Repository inventory records. The IAR has purchased the software and can provide individual researchers a license and support to maintain their own freezer inventory or manage their samples stored in the IAR.