Cutting-edge facilities to carry out biological analyses

Within the CILM, the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory was built in 2009 as one of the country’s first BSL-2 laboratories, where bacteria and viruses with a moderate degree of risk can be handled safely.

At the cutting edge of molecular biology

Headed by Dr Phimpha Paboriboune, MD, MSc, the laboratory features two Biosafety Level -2 (BSL-2) laboratories, one ISO8 dust control room for solution preparation, and one room for results analysis. It also has a room for amplification of nucleic acids (PCR and Real-Time PCR) and gel analysis.

The Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratory is part of the GABRIEL network of 19 laboratories conducting research on infectious diseases, primarily in developing countries. GABRIEL’s aim is to provide support to its members in their research projects by facilitating the exchange of ideas, procedures, data and experience in biosafety, biomathematics, bioethics, project management and grant applications.

CILM Laos conference room

Opening hours

Blood samples are drawn (HIV, HBV, HCV) Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm & 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Closed on week ends.

Specialized analyses

We perform HIV viral loads in collaboration with the national program CHAS (Centre for HIV/AIDS and STDs) and are currently developing HBV and HCV viral load testing.

Leaders in TB diagnostics

We are leaders in the development of molecular resistance tests and bacteria culture for the diagnosis of tuberculosis, allowing doctors to adapt treatment to each patient.