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Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

Research & Economic Development

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for reviewing all University research and teaching activities involving the use of biohazards, recombinant DNA molecules, select agents, or bloodborne pathogens whether the activities are carried out on campus or off campus (usually under other Institutional Biosafety Committees).

The IBC will review and authorize for 3 years research involving: any biological agents, infected animals or tissues (including field work), recombinant DNA, Select Agents & Toxins, and work with human blood, bodily fluids, tissues or cells in culture. Most biological research requires IBC authorization prior to initiation.

The IBC also serves as the Institutional Review Entity (IRE)  for Dual Use Research of Concern  (DURC).  DURC is defined as life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security.  The UW Institutional Contact for DURC is the Biological Safety Specialist.

Members of the Institutional Biosafety Committee:

David Perry (Chair) - Ph.D., UW Operations

Madeline Dalrymple - Research & Economic Development Office

Bill Heaster - Community Member, Wyoming Department of Health

Holly Steinkraus - Department of Molecular Biology

Lorraine Saulina-Klein - Community Member

Baskaran Thyagarajan - School of Pharmacy

Bledar Bisha - Department of Animal Science

John Willford - Department of Molecular Biology 

All inquiries can be made to or by contacting Risk Management & Safety (307) 766-3277.

Scheduled UW IBC Meetings

The IBC meets monthly. The next scheduled meetings are:

  • June 17, 2019 - 1:10 PM - 2:00 PM in Ag 125
  • July 22, 2019 - 1:10 PM - 2:00 PM in Ag 125
  • August 26, 2019 - 1:10 PM - 2:00 PM in Ag 125

IBC Documents

IBC Required Training

Contact Us

Biological Safety Program

Research & Economic Development

357 Wyoming Hall

Dept. 4305

1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2723


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