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Institutional Biosafety

Policies and Bylaws

Scope of the Committee

Western Kentucky University's Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is a federally mandated review committee which oversees all research involving recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (rDNA) molecules and the use of microorganisms for biological research. The IBC provides documentation that all WKU faculty, staff, and students who work with rDNA and/or microbes have passed the laboratory safety course offered by the WKU Department of Biology. All documents will need to be turned in to the Ofiice of Research Integrity ori@wku.edu for review and approval.

IBC Application:

Download Application (doc)

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) Members:

Dr. Rodney King, IBC Chair

Professor, Department of Biology, WKU

Mrs. Robin Pyles, IBC Administrator

Compliance Coordinator, Office of Research Integrity, WKU

Mr. Mark Clauson, On-campus Member

Laboratory Coordinator, Department of Biology, WKU

Dr. Fred DeGraves, On-campus Member

Assistant Professor, Animal Science, Department of Agriculture, WKU

Ms. Sarah A. Grant, On-campus Member

Laboratory Safety Officer, Office of Environment Health and Safety, WKU

Ms. Naomi Rowland, On-campus Member

Coordinator, Biotech Center, WKU

Mr. Getahun E. Agga (DVM, MS, PHD), Unaffiliated Member

Research Microbiologist, USDA, Agricultural  Research Service

Food Animal Environmental Systems Research Unit 

Ms. Chris Keyser, Unaffiliated Member

Director, Warren County Primary Care Center

Alternate - Mr. David Oliver, On-campus Member

Director, Office of Environment Health and Safety, WKU



Continuing Review (doc)

BSL-1 Laboratory Standard Operating Procedure

BSL- 2 Laboratory Standard Operating Procedure

Investigator Educational Brochure

Laboratory Training Checklist

Spill Protocol

User Safety Training Document




Western Kentucky University Institutional Biosafety Committee Policy

Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th Edition

The President's Council on Bioethics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities

CDC Select Agents Program

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 Last Modified 6/4/20