Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

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.

IBC Charge - pdf


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 Paul Skoglund at ps5d@virginia.edu or 434-243-0726, by the date the Registration Documents are due.

Note: All meetings are on the usual first Tuesday of the Month except in November.

Date of IBC Meeting Date Registration (IAR) Documents are due Location Time
January 5th, 2021 December 21st, 2020 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
February 2nd, 2021 January 21st, 2021 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
March 2nd, 2021 February 18th, 2021 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
April 6th, 2021 March 25th, 2021 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
May 4th, 2021 April 22nd, 2021 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
June 1st, 2021 May 20th, 2021 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
July 6th, 2021 June 24th, 2021 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
August 3rd, 2021 July 22nd, 2021 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
September 7nd, 2021 August 26th, 2021 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
October 5th, 2021 September 23rd , 2021 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
November 4th, 2021 October 21st, 2021 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
December 7th, 2021 November 23rd, 2021 MR6, room 2501 8:30am
January 4th, 2022 December 20th, 2021 MR6, room 2501 8:30am

IBC Members

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

Stacy Agar
IBC Member
Community Member

Kumari Andarawewa
IBC Member
Associate Director of the Center for Comparative Medicine

Jennifer Branum
UVA Biosafety Officer
Alternate Responsible Official (Select Agents)

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

Sam Driver
IBC Member
Community Member

Glynis L. Kolling
IBC Member
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Biomedical Engineering

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

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

Prof. Ira Schulman
IBC Member
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology

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

Paul Skoglund
IBC Coordinator

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