Biosafety in Research


NEW -  Important Information for Investigators with International Collaborations

Overview of Biosafety

Institutional Information

Deadlines and Meetings

  • IBC meetings are generally held on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
  • Deadlines for IBC meetings are the 15th of the month.

Federal Regulations

Federal Guidance

Campus Resources

IBC Training

All personnel on IBC protocols must undergo training.

They must review and understand the following two required educational documents

(1) Overview of the NIH Guidelines

(2) IBC Investigator Responsibilities

The PI electronic signature on the IRBNet submission package to the IBC certifies that:;

(1) All study personnel and the PI have reviewed and understand the two required educational documents.

(2) The research activity described in the IBC-approved materials will be conducted in full compliance with all local, state, and federal policies governming rsNAM research, including NIH guidelines and SBU policy.

Responsibilities of the Principal Investigator (PI)

Responsibilities of the Principal Investigator (PI)

Investigator Responsibilities under the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules

The Principal Investigator, on behalf of the institution, is responsible for full compliance with the NIH Biosafety Guidelines in the conduct of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecule research.

General Responsibility

Prior to Initiating Research

During the Conduct of the Research


IBC Submission Guidelines

IRBNet is SBU's electronic system for the administration and management of Biosafety records.

Components of a Basic Submission for a New Project

Create and Submit a New, First Time Submission

How to Add a Document

Download and save the form to your computer. Once you have completed it and saved it to your computer, upload it back into your submission package. This is done by clicking the 'Add New Document' button in the Designer and uploading the file from your computer (via the top, shaded, box). You will now see the completed form added to your document package

How to Share a Package

What Your Electronic Signature Means on an IRBNet Package.

Before you sign an IRBNet package, be sure to refer to the last pages of the IACUC, IBC, and/or SCRO application (as applicable) to understand what you are certifying when you sign the IRBNet package for the activity.

Respond to Committee Concerns, Post-Review

Create and Submit a Continuing Review Package – First or Second Renewal

Create and Submit a Continuing Review Package – Full Triennial Review

Submit an Amendment to your Approved Study

Locked vs. Unlocked Packages

Once a study is submitted to a committee office, it is LOCKED in that office.

VERY IMPORTANT: You can continue to obtain investigator signatures on a locked package. Under no circumstances should you create a new package just for the purpose of obtaining signatures

Packages can only be unlocked by ORC Staff. This can be done if you let us know that you’ve made an error in something that you just submitted, or if we let you know that we see something that is missing or needs to be fixed before review.

IBC Members

Nicholas Carpino, PhD Chair, Associate Professor, Dept. of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Jeronimo Cello Research Scientist, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Susan Donelan, MD Director - Healthcare Epidemiology Dept., Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases
Patrick Hearing, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Jesse Hollister, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Christopher Hubert Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Glenn Howard Community Member, Glen Cove, NY
Kristen Panella, M.S., CSP, CHO Community member, Wantagh, NY
Tom Zimmerman, DVM Director, Division of Laboratory Animal Resources, Animal Expert
Christopher Kuhlow Institutional Biosafety Officer (BSO)
Erin Augello Executive Secretary, non-voting member


Deadlines for IBC meetings are the 15th of every month. Meetings are generally held on the fourth Tuesday of each Month.

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