The Foothills campus is 2.5 miles from the main campus, on the west edge of town and backs up to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The Foothills campus houses the AIDL, our state of the art BSL-3 & ACL-3 research facilities, and the Centers for Disease Control – Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Disease. The AIDL contains:
- Six insectaries devoted to virus/vector research at the BSL-2+ level.
- Three insectaries in AIDL for general vector rearing, including a dedicated Anopheles spp. insectary.
- A transgenic mosquito insectary with 8 self-contained walk-in rearing cages.
- 1 vivarium containing 6 self-contained but interconnected walk-in cages for testing population level control tools and measuring population gene flow among vectors.
- Two manipulation rooms for tissue culture, vector and infected vertebrate work, and
a vertebrate animal room.
- 3000 ft2 of BSL-2 laboratory space for molecular biology and arbovirology work.
- Rearing 8 mosquito species, >30 strains; 2 sandfly species; >30,000 insects/week
- Maintain 14 arbovirus species, numerous strains of each.
RBL-BSL-3 Virology Suite
- 6400ft2 BSL-3 negative airflow laboratory space.
- Three insectaries for BSL3 research (Category A-C arbovirus pathogens) in vectors.