What is Biomedical Research?
The goal and purpose of Biomedical Research is to discover and observe biological processes in order to better develop therapies, vaccines and diagnostic treatments. Biomedical Research methods range from predictive studies to those that involve whole living organisms. Areas include: Animal models “In-Vivo” and “In-Vitro techniques using cells and tissues from humans, animals and even plants. Studying microorganisms, cells and microbes such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi can give us clues to makes important discoveries.
Why use animals for research?
Virtually every major medical breakthrough of the last century has depended on using animals as a research model. Animals serve as surrogates in the investigation of human diseases and have yielded valuable data in the way of treating, curing and preventing diseases. We at Texas Biomed focus on the use of using non-human primates which comprises of less than 1% of all Biomedical Research in the world. Texas Biomed is home to the Southwest National Primate Research Center- one of seven primate centers in the US.
Check out the Southwest National Primate Research Center Page for more information about our animals.
What does Biosafety Level laboratory mean?
Texas Biomed is home to BSL2, BSL3 and BSL4 laboratories. Biosafety levels directly correlate to the amount of protection and safety you need to work inside of that laboratory, depending on the specific pathogen or microbe you are working with. BSL2 is the lowest level of the lab containment and BSl4 is the highest. These labs allow scientists to safely and efficiently research the world’s most dangerous pathogens like Ebola, Malaria, COVID-19 and Tuberculosis.
Check out our High Containment Video on YouTube!
The virtual resources below include an interactive Science Fair Booth, and the virtual book, “Mom, what is COVID-19?” written by Texas Biomed’s very own scientist, Dr. Egie Elisa Enabulele.
- Virtual Science Fair Booth
Virtual Book: "Mom, what is COVID-19?"
SPECIAL TEXAS BIOBOOK FEATURE
“Mom, what is COVID-19?”
Meet the Author
Egie Elisha Enabulele, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral scientist at The Texas Biomedical Research Institute in Dr. Tim Anderson’s laboratory. As a Molecular Parasitologist, Dr. Eneabulele’s research is focused on tropical diseases such as Schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease that affects more than 200 million people in Asia, Africa and South America. He holds a Ph.D. in Research Biology from the School of Life Sciences from Kingston University London, UK. As a scientist and a father, Dr. Enabulele sees the need of explaining challenging concepts in simple terms. He has a passion for community outreach which he attributes it to his training as a doctoral student. He learned the need to cut through scientific jargon to better educate larger communities in a way for science to be easily understood and appreciated.
Dr. Enabulele has written several other children’s books like “Two eggs which can make you sick” and “Not spaghetti, they are worms!”and has introduced them to students in Africa.
- Texas Biomed Virtual Tour
STEM Space At Home: Virus Protection
In partnership with Communities in Schools of San Antonio view the STEM Space At Home: Virus Protection video and join in on the activity! Here you will learn about the microscopic world of “microbes” and COVID-19 from a scientist Hilary Staples who works with the virus right here at Texas Biomed.