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Institutional Biosafety Committee

In accordance with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, 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
Jeff Church, CIH, CSP, Chief HSB, IBC ex officio member OM / HSB
Francesco J. Demayo, Ph.D., IBC Chair, Deputy Chief, RDBL DIR / RDBL
Justin Kosak, M.S. 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
Chris McGee, Biologist, Clinical Research Unit DIR / CRB
John McLamb, CHP, RRPT, Radiation Safety Officer OM / HSB
Steve Novak, CSP, Deputy Chief HSB OM / HSB
Robert Petrovich, Ph.D., Protein Expression Core DIR / GISBL
Ericka Pierce, M.S., CBSP, IBC Contact, Executive Secretary OM / HSB
Erik Tokar, Ph.D. NTP / SCT
Troy Weaver Community Member
Arrash T. Yazdani, M.S., CSP, RBP, Safety Officer OM / HSB


IBC Calendar

Meeting Dates Submission Deadlines
December 12, 2019 November 29, 2019
January 9, 2020 December 26, 2019
February 13, 2020 January 30, 2020
March 12, 2020 February 27, 2020
April 9, 2020 March 26, 2020
May 14, 2020 April 30, 2020
June 11, 2020 May 28, 2020
July 9, 2020 June 25, 2020
August 13, 2020 July 30, 2020
September 10, 2020 August 27, 2020
October 8, 2020 September 24, 2020
November 12, 2020 October 29, 2020
December 10, 2020 November 27, 2020
January 14, 2021 December 31, 2020

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 (211KB)

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