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 on first Tuesday except moved to Thursday in July (4th of July Holiday), November (Election Day Holiday), and January 2024 (to avoid the Meetings being first thing after break)

Date of IBC Meeting Date Registration (IAR) Documents are due
January 3rd, 2023 December 19th, 2022
February 7th, 2023 January 25th, 2023
March 7th, 2023 February 22nd, 2023
April 4th, 2023 March 22nd, 2023
May 2nd, 2023 April 19th, 2023
June 6th, 2023 May 24th, 2023
July 6th, 2023 (Thursday) June 21st, 2023
August 1st, 2023 July 19th, 2023
September 5th, 2023 August 23rd, 2023
October 3rd, 2023 September 20th, 2023
November 9th, 2023 (Thursday) October 25th, 2023
December 5th, 2023 November 15th, 2023
January 4rd, 2024 (Thursday) December 18th, 2023

IBC Members

Prof. Glynis L. Kolling
IBC Chair
Research Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Stacy Agar
IBC Member
Community Member

Prof. Matthew Crawford
IBC Member
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Infectious Disease

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

Sam Driver
IBC Member
Community Member

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

Tom Leonard
IBC Member
Responsible Official (Select Agents)
Director - Environmental Health & Safety

Raphael Malbrue
IBC Member
Director - Center for Comparative Medicine

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

Prof. Brett Moreau
IBC Member
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Infectious Disease

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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