The LMPV is a state-of-the-art facility for investigation of viral pathogens. The research focus includes basic studies on viral life cycle and replicative mechanisms, pathogenesis studies in animal models, and development and evaluation of viral diagnostics and therapeutics. The goal of the LMPV is to assemble a critical mass of senior and junior virologists in a common environment that will foster collaborative interactions, intellectual synergy and the efficient use of resources.