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
February 1st, 2022 January 20th, 2022
March 1st, 2022 February 17th, 2022
April 5th, 2022 March 24th, 2022
May 3rd, 2022 April 21st, 2022
June 7th, 2022 May 19th, 2022
July 5th, 2022 June 23rd, 2022
August 2nd, 2022 July 21st, 2022
September 6th, 2022 August 25th, 2022
October 4th, 2022 September 22nd, 2022
November 1st, 2022 October 20th, 2022
December 6th, 2022 November 17th, 2022
January 3rd, 2023 December 19th, 2022

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 Kershner
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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