The Biology Division is the centre of expertise for protection against biological threats and hazards within Spiez Laboratory. Two other specialist groups also work in the bio-protection field: the Arms Control Section (export controls, Australia Group) and the Chemistry Division (biotoxin analyses)


  • Assessment of threats by biological agents, either naturally occurring or man-made
  • Analysis and diagnosis of highly pathogenic biological agents and toxins
  • Research on epidemiology and pathogenesis, diagnosis of biological agents and toxins
  • Maintaining expertise and technical readiness for biological incident-response
  • Scientific support for export and arms control activities
  • Biosafety education, training and research.

Dr. Isabel Hunger-Glaser

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