State of Alaska Virology Laboratory
983 Sheenjek Drive
This state-owned building provides opportunities for collaboration between state and UAF researchers in the areas of animal and human health. Groundbreaking ceremonies took place on West Ridge June 12, 2007 and the ribbon cutting to officially open the building occurred on June 15, 2009. The virology lab will occupy the ground and upper level of the new 29,000-square-foot building. The virology lab occupies the ground and upper level of the 29,000-square-foot building and UAF occupies the basement level of the facility.
The new facility features special labs with equipment designed to protect researchers and the public from dangerous infectious diseases. The lab is equipped to handle new techniques in virus detection. It is connected through the basement and ground levels to the UAF Biological and Research Diagnostics facility, providing collaboration opportunities for scientists within both organizations.
The virology lab, the only one in the state, conducts 45,000 tests each year and provides statewide viral diagnostic services that aid in the diagnosis and prevention of human diseases. Often the lab in Fairbanks is the only facility in the state with the proper equipment or expertise to test for certain viruses, such as rabies.