Contributed by Wade Pickren, PhD,
Director, Sponsored Research
All faculty planning to conduct research or classroom activity
involving any kind of nucleic acids or any potentially
bio-hazardous material, including pathogens, biological toxins, or
human cells, tissues, organs or fluids must obtain prior approval
from the Institutional Biosafety Committee before
undertaking that activity. This committee provides
federally-mandated oversight of activities that present risk of
infection or illness in humans.
Federal guidelines require that applicants possess prior
experience with a particular agent or procedure, and those
supervising the activity should be familiar with proper safety
precautions, procedures involving storage, and disposal. A link to
federal guidelines can be found on the Institutional Biosafety
website – https://www.ithaca.edu/sponsored-research/biosafety/.