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Getting Started

Service Inquiries

The UTHSC RBL welcomes collaborative partnerships with internal, external, commercial and government agencies. Investigators in academia, not-for-profit organizations, industry, and government studying biodefense and emerging infectious diseases may request the use of biocontainment laboratories. Refer to our FAQ page for more information.

If you are interested in performing collaborative or contracted studies, or in using one or more of our RBL services, initiate the process by filling out our service inquiry form.

We will respond to you as quickly as possible.



Need iLab Registration?

iLab is a web-based system highly customized for academic shared resources that will streamline research by making the process of requesting equipment reservations, completing order requests, and billing core users quicker and easier.

First time? Not a UTHSC user?  Create an iLab account now.

If you need further assistance or have trouble with registration, please contact Steve Wills at

Need a contract/agreement?

If you need to set up an agreement - MTA, NDA (CDA), or RSA - before studying with the RBL, please fill out the basic information in the templates below and submit them here.  You can also use a template agreement of your organization.

Material Transfer Agreement

Non-Disclosure Agreement

Research Service Agreement

If you need further assistance or have a question, please contact Tempie Sydes at

Need to pay?

Upon study completion, you will receive an invoice for RBL services at UTHSC.  Please remit payment (by check) to:

University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Regional Biocontainment Laboratory
Attn: Natalie Smith
901 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163


If you wish to make payment via ACH wire transfer, please find the UT banking institution and W-9 form. For international wire transfers, use the UT Swift Code# FTBMUS44.

For further inquiries about your payment, please contact Natalie Smith at



Key Contacts

Colleen Jonsson, PhD
RBL Director
Elizabeth Fitzpatrick
Associate Director
Dong Yang
Program Manager
Nov 30, 2022