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Institutional Biosafety Committee

In accordance with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has established an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). The IBC is responsible for reviewing projects that involve, but are not limited to, recombinant DNA, RNAi, pathogens, human materials and other potentially infectious material, as well as transgenic animals. The IBC provides recommendations to the intramural community in matters pertaining to the control of biohazards associated with the use of microbiological agents and their vectors. It also represents the interests of the surrounding community with respect to public health and protection of the environment.

Membership Roster

Name Division/Organization
Lydia Aldridge, R.N. Community Member
Kathleen M. Azzam, Ph.D., Biosafety Specialist; IBC contact, Executive Secretary OM / HSB
Jeff Church, CIH, CSP, Chief HSB, IBC ex officio member OM / HSB
Francesco J. Demayo, Ph.D., IBC Chair, Deputy Chief, RDBL DIR / RDBL
Michael DeVito, Ph.D., Chief, NTP, Toxicologist DNTP / Toxicology Branch
Steve Edmundson Community Member
Harriet Kinyamu, Ph.D. DIR / ESCBL
David M. Kurtz, D.V.M., Ph.D. DIR / CMB
Jennifer Madenspacher, Biologist, IIDL DIR / IIDL
Negin Martin, Ph.D., Viral Vector Core DIR / NL
Steve Novak, CSP, Safety Officer, HSB OM / HSB
Robert Petrovich, Ph.D., Protein Expression Core DIR / GISBL
Shepherd Schurman, M.D., Associate Medical Director, CRU DIR / CRB
Arrash T. Yazdani, M.S., Safety and Occupational Health Specialist OM / HSB


IBC Calendar

Meeting Dates Submission Deadlines
December 13, 2018 November 29, 2018
January 10, 2019 December 27, 2018
February 14, 2019 January 31, 2019
March 14, 2019 February 28, 2019
April 11, 2019 March 28, 2019
May 9, 2019 April 25, 2019
June 13, 2019 May 30, 2019
July 11, 2019 June 27, 2019
August 8, 2019 July 25, 2019
September 12, 2019 August 29, 2019
October 10, 2019 September 26, 2019
November 14, 2019 October 31, 2019
December 12, 2019 November 29, 2019
January 9, 2020 December 26, 2019

Meetings are on the 2nd Thursday of every month, with the submission deadline 2 weeks prior to that.

All meetings will take place in the Rall Lake View Conference Room from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

NIEHS IBC Charter

IBC Charter NIEHS (111KB)

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