The University of Missouri Laboratory for Infectious Disease Research (LIDR) is a Regional Biocontainment Laboratory located on the MU-Columbia campus. LIDR is a critical resource for University of Missouri faculty and collaborating scientists who perform research on infectious diseases and is part of our nation’s effort to protect public health. Built to the highest state and federal safety standards, this building aids researchers in the discovery and development of new ways to fight bacterial and viral infections.
LIDR includes biosafety research laboratories and associated research-support areas. LIDR is one of 13 similar structures in the United States, each built with partial federal grant support from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to fulfill a critical need for improved research space and educational programs that allow safe handling and containment of biohazards. In addition, the LIDR presents a resource for local and regional health officials in the event of an infectious disease outbreak in the United States.
LIDR was initiated in 2003 with funds awarded through competitive grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Design and construction began in the Fall of 2006 and the building received certification from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and became operational in 2010. LIDR houses 10,000 net sq. feet of state-of-the-art laboratories for infectious disease research at biosafety levels (BSL) – 2 and -3 (for more information on BSLs, please click here. LIDR is designed to protect researchers and the environment from any release of biohazards. Access to the LIDR is strictly controlled, limited to a small number of MU faculty, staff and students. Access to the LIDR requires initial and ongoing comprehensive training in handling biohazards as well as a requirement for a security background check.