Emerging Virus Research Unit

Emerging Virus Research Unit (EVRU) is the newly established Virology Unit at Eijkman Institute focusing on studies of endemic and emerging viruses circulating in the Indonesian Archipelago. Inaugurated in 2012, it is supported by the Indonesian Government, US-CDC, and USAID. 

Main aims of the unit:

  • To do research and to provide data on prevalence of new and emerging viruses (etiology of disease) specifically those with pandemic risk in the Indonesian Archipelago.
  • To develop and improve diagnostic capabilities for emerging viruses.

EVRU is a laboratory level 2 unit as well as tissue culture lab. In addition, a BSL-3 laboratory, serology testing laboratory space, real-time PCR, and sequencing facilities are available on site. With deep sequencing and gold standard reference assays on site, EVRU remains a unique facility to lead the way in emerging pathogen research, training and supporting public health in Indonesia.

EVRU collaborates with local partners and providing training to Indonesian scientists, veterinarians, and clinicians in conducting field, laboratory, and clinical research of pathogens that wish to implement Indonesian capacity for local diagnosis, surveillance, research, and response to emerging zoonotic infections.



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