Arbovirus Reference Collection (ARC)

January 26, 2024

Organizational structure

Government Agency

Collection Institution/Entity

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Collection Contact

Brandy Russell

Position of Collection contact


Collection Email

Collection Phone


Collection can be contacted


  • Has continued institutional support
  • Interested in Culture Collections Exchange
  • Interested in Collaborative Programs
  • Ability to accept orphan collections
  • Collection contains sequencing data
  • Interested in working with samples from different repositories
  • Collection contains reference strains

Collection Category

Publicly available (qualified curator, collection management policies, microbial specimens, a database of collection information, an online strain catalog, and distributes strains to the scientific community)

Capacity to accept orphan collections

Can accept arboviral collections that include non select agents and no BSL4 pathogens.

Collection follows best management practice guideline

We refer to best practices guidelines and apply where possible due to funding and staff. We perform inclusivity/exclusivity testing on isolates.

Organisms in Collection


Sequencing data in collection

we upload sequence data to genbank and link genbank accession number to the pathogen in our database

Funding Sources for Research performed with Collection specimens

National Institutes of Health (NIH), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Availability and distribution mechanisms

No charge for distribution (shipping may be charged), Fee per strain for distribution, Distribution mechanism depends on the institution type and intended use

Host Associations in Collection

Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects, Humans

Research fields relevant to Collection

General microbiology, Immunology, Molecular biology, Veterinary, public health