The central focus of the Global Bio Lab at UCLA is to provide a worldwide collaborative network of researchers, public health workers, governments and the medical community with accurate and timely situational awareness. Quick detection of these diseases is critical to halting and containing their spread. In 2006, the UCLA School of Public Health, committed to create a high-tech laboratory network to combat emerging infectious diseases. The UCLA Global Bio Lab will serve as the core automated high throughput facility to support both population based surveillance activities for infectious diseases and basic infectious diseases research.
Beyond its research and disease-response capacities, the Global Bio Lab aspires to become a global steward and will work through its bioscience, chemistry and theoretical divisions and collaborating interdisciplinary Centers to prepare and educate a new generation of leaders in infectious diseases and national security.