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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 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 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
January 12, 2017 December 29, 2016
February 9, 2017 January 26, 2017
March 9, 2017 February 23, 2017
April 13, 2017 March 30, 2017
May 4, 2017 April 27, 2017
June 8, 2017 May 25, 2017
July 13, 2017 June 29, 2017
August 10, 2017 July 27, 2017
September 14, 2017 August 31, 2017
October 12, 2017 September 28, 2017
November 9, 2017 October 26, 2017
December 14, 2017 November 30, 2017

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.


IBC Charter NIEHS(78KB)