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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 DeMayo, Ph.D., 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., IBC Chair, animal expert 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


IBC Calendar

Meeting Dates Submission Deadlines
December 14, 2017 November 30, 2017
January 11, 2018 December 28, 2017
February 8, 2018 January 25, 2018
March 8, 2018 February 22, 2018
April 12, 2018 March 29, 2018
May 10, 2018 April 26, 2018
June 14, 2018 May 31, 2018
July 12, 2018 June 28, 2018
August 9, 2018 July 26, 2018
September 13, 2018 August 30, 2018
October 11, 2018 September 27, 2018
November 8, 2018 October 25, 2018
December 13, 2018 November 29, 2018
January 10, 2019 December 27, 2018

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. except for Dec. 14th, which will take place from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

NIEHS IBC Charter

IBC Charter NIEHS (78KB)

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