University of North Texas Center for Human IdentificationThe Center for Human Identification has been directed by the Texas Senate Committee on Administration to lead the state's effort to develop uniform testing of tick-borne illness. In order to achieve this directive, the Tick-Borne Disease Research Laboratory was constructed after receiving dedicated space and equipment, in addition to high throughput instrumentation.

Beginning October 1, 2004, the Tick-Borne Disease Research Laboratory became the testing laboratory for all tick submissions to the Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control Division.