Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

An IBC is required for institutions receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules. 

If your research involves the use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules as described by the NIH Guidelines, human blood/tissue, pathogens, or potentially pathogenic material, you must register your project with the IBC. The IBC will review your submission and advise you of its findings.

The IBC meets monthly, usually on the first Friday of every month. The submission deadline for inclusion in a meeting is two weeks before the meeting. Please see the IBC Calendar for the exact dates. 

More information on IBC procedures can be found in the IBC Charter.

Key IBC Personnel

Biosafety Officer

Matthew Fischer

Assistant Biosafety Officer

Simone Houng

Biosafety Specialist

John O’Neill


Biosafety Specialist

Ronald McNeil


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