The National Institute of Health’s Office of Science Policy has established guidelines and policies for the establishment of campus level Institutional Biosafety Committees. These committees work to ensure ongoing and proposed research involving recombinant DNA technology follow the established NIH guidelines.
Austin College’s charge of the Committee:
Austin College is committed to following all federal regulations and established safety guidelines in its teaching and research activities. Laboratory activities that involve potentially biohazardous organisms and organisms with recombinant DNA are a vital part of the curriculum that prepares our students for futures as healthcare professionals, biomedical researchers, and well-informed citizens. Oversight of activities involving biohazardous materials and cells or organisms containing recombinant DNA is the responsibility of the Institutional Biosafety Committee. The establishment of an Institutional Biosafety Committee is required by the National Institutes of Health for any institution that uses recombinant DNA in teaching or research.
Meetings of the Committee:
All meetings of the committee will be open to the public with dates and times listed here and on the Campus Calendar. Minutes of committee meetings are available upon request.
July 12, 2018 in Idea Center room 209 at 12 p.m.
Membership and Expertise:
James Hebda | CV, Chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Expertise: Recombinant DNA and protein expression
Jessica Healy | CV, Associate Professor of Biology
Expertise: Animals and Recombinant DNA
Karen Glenn | CV, Chemistry Lab Coordinator/Chemical Safety Officer
Expertise: Recombinant DNA and Environmental
Angus Evans | CV, Outside Member
Expertise: Environmental Specialist
Ken Lawrence | CV, DVM, Outside Member
- NIH Office of Science Policy
- NIH Guidelines
- NIH Biosafety and Recombinant DNA Policy
- Austin College Emergency Response and Biohazard Exposure Plan
Proposal Forms and other Documents: Coming soon!