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Institutional Biosafety Committee

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) manages and reviews bio-agent use protocols and procedures for safety and compliance.

About the IBC

Student working with vials in a biology laboratoryThe role of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is to provide advice and recommendations to the Colgate community by reviewing protocols and approving procedures that will provide for the safe conduct of teaching and research while ensuring compliance with government requirements regarding the use of biological materials. Members of the IBC are selected for their area of expertise, and the committee includes members from the surrounding community. The IBC will meet once every semester to review protocols, and in the intervening time the IBC chair will consult with members to address questions generated from any new protocols.

The IBC can approve or disapprove protocols, make recommendations for corrective action for protocols, and facilitate development of appropriate protocols; if it is not possible to comply with regulations, the IBC will stop further teaching or research. The committee is the link between Colgate University and regulatory agencies, and reports as required to regulatory agencies.

All teaching and research with biological materials must have protocols registered with the IBC for approval and review. The includes the use of transgenic organisms, recombinant DNA, human blood or tissues, or other potentially biohazardous materials. The IBC has an overlapping role with other committees, i.e., Institutional Review Board and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and will communicate with them as necessary and appropriate.



The contents and forms of this site are adapted, with permission, from the site of the Skidmore College Institutional Biosafety Committee.

Contact Information

Geoff Holm
Associate Professor of Biology

Committee Members

Members of the IBC are selected for their area of expertise and from the areas of the College that generate the majority of protocol applications. Members are also drawn from the surrounding community to provide an unbiased "outside" perspective.
  • Cindy Baker, Psychology
  • Wei-Jen Chang, Hamilton College, Biology
  • Amy Dennis, Infection Prevention Nurse and Nurse Educator at Community Memorial Hospital, Hamilton
  • Geoff Holm (Chair), Biology
  • Bruce Moseley, Grants office
  • Ernie Nolen, Chemistry
  • Reyna Stagnaro, Biology
  • Jeanne Willard, Biology
  • Jun Yoshino, Psychology