Colleen Jonsson: Propelling the RBL Forward


Colleen Jonsson, PhD, director of the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has dedicated her life to studying highly pathogenic viruses and plant infectious agents.¬† In a career that spans nearly 30 years, she has been involved in the fight against such global viral threats as West Nile, SARS,… Read More

Dr. Colleen Jonsson joins UTHSC as RBL and Institute for the Study of Host Pathogen Systems Director, Endowed Van Vleet Chair of Excellence and Professor


Adjacent to the heart of UTHSC’s campus is the UT-Baptist Research Park. Constructed in 2009, the 30,315 square-foot facility hosts strains of naturally occurring infectious diseases such as multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, tularemia, streptococci, cholera, and Chlamydia infections. This biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3), Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL-3), and Select Agent Facility, as¬†defined by the Centers… Read More