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Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

FY2019 Committee Members

  • Diana Boyer, Chair, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Courtney Guenther, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ponn Maheswaranathan, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Melody Kearse, Community Representative
  • Anita Romano, Community Representative
  • VACANT, Winthrop University Environmental Safety Officer, Ex-Officio Member
  • Terri Wright, Sponsored Programs and Research, Ex-Officio Member

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Meetings are held at 11:00 a.m. in Sims 108.

Fall 2018

September 20
November 8

Spring 2019

March 7
April 4

Protocols must be submitted 1 week prior to the meeting in order to be considered at the meeting.

Mission Statement

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) oversees the safety of research and classroom projects involving recombinant DNA or other biohazardous materials. The IBC sets containment levels in accordance with National Institutes of Health Guidelines and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The IBC periodically reviews previously approved research projects for changes which would necessitate increasing or decreasing the containment levels.

Specifically, the IBC evaluates research projects that use recombinant DNA or other biohazardous materials. The IBC coordinates its reviews with University departmental laboratory safety committees and Safety Officers in order to ensure research personnel have adequate occupational health monitoring and training on safe work practices, exposure control emergencies, and the use of protective equipment. 

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Request Review

To request review of your proposed research project by the Institutional Biosafety Committee, complete the Biohazardous Materials Declaration Form.

The signed and approved PDF of the protocol, including all attachments, must be submitted to Michele Smith, Grants and Sponsored Research Development, 1 week prior to the meeting in order to be considered at that meeting.  Protocols received after the submission deadline will be reviewed at the next scheduled meeting.

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