The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is a standing committee and is responsible for reviewing all University research and teaching activities conducted by faculty, staff, students and/or visiting scientists on University property that involve the use of biological agents. Biological agents are defined as microorganisms, Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules experiments as defined by NIH Guidelines, materials derived from human and non-human primates, or biological toxins.


The mission of the IBC is to ensure that all activities involving biological agents and the facilities used to conduct such work are in compliance with all external regulations, and applicable University policies.

The committee will function to ensure that investigators handle biological agents in a safe and responsible manner, and meet criteria as described by the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules; the CDC/NIH publication Biosafety in the Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories; applicable regulations defined by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard; HHS and USDA final rules for the possession, use, and transfer of select agents and toxins; and other applicable requirements. Foremost, the IBC's objective shall be to ensure that such activities meet the standards of good biological safety practice emphasizing protection of personnel, the public and the environment.

The IBC shall assist principal investigators and protocol directors in meeting their responsibilities; impose requirements; and review and approve policies, proposals, procedures, programs, and facilities pursuant to the safe and legally compliant use of biological agents.

IBC Meeting Schedule

If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact Gloria Bowers at or 434-243-0726, by the date the Registration Documents are due.

Date Registration (IAR) Documents are due Date of IBC Meeting Location Time
January 20 February 2 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
February 17 March 1 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
March 23 April 5 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
April 20 May 3 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
May 25 June 7 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
June 22 July 5 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
July 21 August2 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
August 24 September 6 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
September 22 October 4 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
October 20 November 1 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
November 22 December 6 MR6, room 2501 8:30am

IBC Members

Prof. Barbara J. Mann
IBC Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases

Marie Burdick
IBC Member
Principal Scientist
Department of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care

Sam Driver
IBC Member
Community Member

Sanford Feldman
IBC Member
Director of the Center for Comparative Medicine

Prof. Alejandro Gru
IBC Member
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology

Glynis L. Kolling
IBC Member
Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases

Tom Leonard
IBC Member
Responsible Official (Select Agents)
EHS Director

Prof. Aaron L. Mills
IBC Member
Department of Environmental Sciences

Terri Moore Nardslico
IBC Member
Community Member

Ericka Pearce
UVA Biosafety Officer
Alternate Responsible Official (Select Agents)

Prof. Ira Schulman
IBC Member
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology

Prof. Scott Vande Pol
IBC Member
Associate Professor
Department of Pathology

Gloria Bowers
IBC Member (Ex-Officio)
IBC Director

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