The Institute for Biosecurity and Microbial Forensics is a national hub of research,
long-term vision, strategic planning and prioritization in plant and food-related
microbial forensics and agricultural biosecurity.
Is to conduct research related to national needs in microbial forensic science with
respect to pathogens of crops, forests, rangelands, animal production, wildlife and
Oklahoma State Universitystepped up to the challenge at the beginning of the 21st century in response to concerns
such as widespread E. coli contaminations and anthrax bioterrorism attacks, which
represent a growing threat to the nation’s food supplies and national security. The
growing microbial forensics community at OSU is committed to the research and development
of tools that will help restrict adverse pathogenic microbe introductions in the nation’s
resources – crops, forests, rangelands, animal production, wildlife – and, of course,
its food supplies.
To that end, the Institute for Biosecurity and Microbial Forensics works with federal
and state agencies to develop targeted funding programs for high-priority research
and technology development. That framework is designed to attract highly qualified
faculty, post-doctorate researchers and technicians, who serve as a focal point for
communication, collaboration, funding initiatives and outreach.
The Institute for Biosecurity and Microbial Forensics is located in the Henry Bellmon
Research Center on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.