BioNanotechnology Lab Access

Listed below are the requirements for accessing the HMNTL BioNanotech Lab. All steps will need to be completed before access is granted. Please reach out to with any questions.

Bio Nanotech Lab Access Requirements

Access Request
  • Complete the i-card Authorization form.
  • Your advisor must email with their approval.
  • Send a front and back copy of your icard. Access is granted through the numbers associated with your physical card. If you obtain a new card, it will need to be sent in to update your account before you're able to access the building again. 


Building Safety

Building safety training is necessary to be in HMNTL labs. View the linked trainings and complete the questionnaire following.


Online Safety Training and Questionnaire

Complete the following DRS Online Safety Trainings

 *Only needed if handling Biosafety Level-2 agents, including:

  • Recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules (even work that is exempt from the NIH guidelines must be registered - see additional notes)
  • Transgenic animals (use or creation)
  • Transgenic plants
  • Pathogens (human, animal, or plant)
  • Human materials (cell lines; blood, blood products, tissues, any bodily fluid)
  • Nonhuman primate (NHP) materials (cell lines, blood, blood products, tissues, any bodily fluid)
  • Biotoxins


Mandatory Reading Materials


Standard Operating Procedures

Read and understand the HMNTL BioNano Lab Standard Operating Procedures.

Complete and return the Biological Safety Awareness Certificate to



Once all trainings are submitted, you will be contacted to schedule an orientation.  After your orientation is complete, you will be granted access.



If physical keys are needed to labs or offices, a request form is needed. Please complete and have your advisor either sign before submission or include the approval in the access approval email.

Additional Information

Specialized Equipment Training

Once all trainings are completed and access has been granted, BioNano Lab users should contact the appropriate staff member to schedule individual training on any specialized equipment.

Safety Fact Sheets

A list of essential fact sheets providing details about working with BioSafety Level 2 (BSL-2) hazardous materials can be found on the DRS web site. (See: Biological Safety Fact Sheets.) Researchers and PI/Faculty are urged to read and understand these documents prior to the start of their work in the HMNTL BioNano Labs. For further information please refer to the CDC booklet Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL).

BioNano Lab Hours

Open 24/7

Staff support available 9a - 5:30p

Contact Us

Elbashir Araud, Ph. D.
Research Scientist
3256 HMNTL
(217) 300-0098