Biosafety Committee

Appointed by the Provost

The Biosafety Committee recommends policies needed for biological safety in connection with research, including policies that provide for the safe performance of recombinant DNA and human pathogen research and policies that ensure compliance with the Guidelines of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control. The Biosafety Committee performs the institutional functions prescribed by the NIH Guidelines for the Institutional Biosafety Committee. Use and disposal of toxins is also included in the purview of the committee. University researchers initiating programs involving recombinant DNA or human pathogens shall contact the Office of Research Support and Sponsored Programs concerning registration of protocols with the committee.

Membership consists of five faculty members nominated by the Committee on Committees; one graduate student with a knowledge of recombinant DNA protocol; two persons not affiliated with the University of Arkansas (apart from their membership on the committee) representing the interest of the surrounding community with respect to health and protection of the environment, a representative of the Pat Walker Health Center; and, ex officio and non-voting, the manager of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, the manager of the Central Laboratory Animal Facility, and the director of Research Compliance. The committee members shall collectively have expertise in recombinant DNA, human pathogen, and transgenic animal containment methodologies.

The provost designates a chairperson from the faculty members.

Zak Johnston Community representative 2019
Malcolm Hayward Community representative 2019
LaFreda Howard Graduate student 2019
Robert Beitle Faculty at Large 2020
Christian Tipsmark Faculty at Large 2021
Martin Egan Faculty at Large 2021
Dan Donoghue Faculty at Large 2020
Ines Pinto
Faculty at Large 2019
Carlos Acosta Pat Walker Health Center 2020
Jason Ramage Director of Research Compliance**  
James Hogan Environmental Health and Safety Representative**  
Tina Poseno Central Laboratory Animal Facility Manager**  

*=ex officio
**=ex officio non-voting

Updated 6/12/2018