AAHL Biosecurity Microscopy Facility (ABMF)

High containment viral bioimaging


Dr. Megan Dearnley


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Post author: Sally Corinaldi. Last update: 12/08/2016 at 10:50 am by Sally Corinaldi.


The AAHL Biosecurity Microscopy Facility is a national diagnostic and research facility specialising in viral identification, characterisation and microscopy of infectious diseases. The facility currently offers microscopy equipment housed in physical containment level three (PC3) space, allowing work with exotic animal and human pathogens. The facility has been specially designed to support investigations into infectious diseases that affect the health of humans, domestic animals and wildlife. The facility would be applicable to all those researchers conducting projects (or parts of projects) requiring a high biocontainment/biosecure environment.

Offering a live-cell and cryo-transmission electron microscopy facility within a high biocontainment environment, the ABMF enables fundamental research with infectious disease agents that require the highest levels of containment.

Scheduled to open late in 2010, the ABMF will also offer a specialist microscopy service housed within physical containment level four (PC4) space, enabling work on the highest hazard human and animal pathogens.

As a national facility focusing on biosecurity and infectious diseases and a Linked Laboratory of the AMMRF, the ABMF is available to the Australian and international research fraternity. A feature of the AMMRF Linked Laboratories is the availability of dedicated specialised scientists. These experts facilitate access to the specialist equipment and provide support and advice to users throughout the planning, data collection and analysis phases of experiments.

Other Infrastructure:

  • Dedicated PC3 and PC4 training facility.
  • Specialised advanced light microscopy in a PC4 laboratoy
  • Visits to the ABMF can be supported through the AMMRF’s Travel and Access Program (TAP).



Know how:

  • Microscopy
  • Diagnostics
  • Advanced light microscopy
  • Cryo electron microscopy and tomography.

Expertise:Availability of technical support:

  • Experimental Design: Yes (if in collaboartion)
  • Instrument usage: Yes

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AAHL Biosecurity Microscopy Facility (ABMF)

CSIRO, Australian Animal Health Laboratories (AAHL). 5 Portarlington Rd, Newcomb, Victoria, Australia.

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Type: Core facility in a research organisation
Discipline areas: Biological Science
Precinct: Central
Affiliations: CSIRO
Accreditation: AQIS
Biological Science categories: Biocontainment (PC3 and PC4), Clean rooms