Research facilities

The Institute of Vector-Borne Disease (IVBD) laboratories are located at Monash University’s Clayton Campus in Melbourne, Australia. Completely refurbished in 2011, this state-of-the-art facility houses multi-disciplinary teams working in mosquito production, product development, generation of novel Wolbachia lines, Wolbachia biology, vector competence and virology.

Laboratories and insectaries

Spread over 600 square metres, the IVBD’s facilities accommodate up to 40-50 laboratory staff. The facilities include a large, fully equipped PC2 molecular laboratory containing dedicated rooms for tissue culture, microscopy, general washing and preparation, as well as ample liquid nitrogen and -80°C storage capacity.

There are insectary rearing spaces for mass scale production of mosquitoes, a Drosophila rearing room, four temperature & humidity-controlled rooms, and four large environmental chambers for insect rearing and research.

The IVBD is home to a secure biosecurity insectary, which is certified to hold and conduct research on quarantine-regulated organisms. It also contains the only PC3-certified biosecurity insectary at Monash University. This fully equipped, self-contained facility allows research with level 3 pathogens in a safe environment.

Technical platforms

The IVBD has full access to a variety of technical platforms including protein expression, microscopy, genomics and mAb discovery/production. There is also expertise available in the wider Monash University research ecosystem.

Other features

The entire building is controlled by the Monash University Building Automation System, which monitors the operation of heating, cooling, CT rooms, PC3 labs and cold storage. The building has ample office space, kitchen facilities and meeting rooms with teleconferencing.

Surrounding Melbourne area

Monash University’s Clayton Campus in located in the greater Melbourne area. With excellent education, healthcare, infrastructure, food and cultural activities, Melbourne has been voted the world’s most liveable city for seven consecutive years.