Vanderbilt University Medical Center Institutional Biosafety Committee (VUMC IBC)

An Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is required at institutions that receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research involving recombinant DNA molecules. All recombinant DNA research at Vanderbilt, regardless of funding source, must be conducted in accordance with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules and must be registered with the Vanderbilt IBC.  Please note that additional institutional approvals are required for studies involving animals or human subjects.

The VUMC IBC is further charged with reviewing and approving research conducted with microorganisms pathogenic to humans, plants, or animals. This review is conducted pursuant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health (CDC/NIH) publication, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (currently in 5th edition, December 2009).

The VUMC IBC will also provide guidance to the Vanderbilt research community regarding proper acquisition, handling, transfer, and disposal of potentially hazardous or regulated biological materials.

Meeting Schedule & Deadline for Submission

The VUMC Institutional Biosafety Committee (VUMC IBC) meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month except during the months of November and December due to the holidays. VUMC IBC registration documentation to be considered for review must be submitted to the Biosafety Section of VEHS no later than the first Monday of the month.

Committee Members

Faculty (voting)
Mark McClain (Chair) Medicine - Infectious Diseases Division
Mark Boothby Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Rachelle Johnson Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Dawn Newcomb Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Andrea Pruijssers Pediatrics
Jonathan Schmitz Assistant Professor, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Administrative (voting)
Robin Trundy Biological Safety Officer, Assistant Director VEHS
Lori Rolando Medical Director, Occupational Health Clinic
Jee Yoon Kim Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Health Clinic (alternate)
Ken Salleng Veterinarian, Division of Animal Care (alternate)
Katherine Shuster Veterinarian, Division of Animal Care
Cara Sutcliffe Lab Manager, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
Non-Institutional Members (voting)
Robert Loedding Retired, Community Member
Thomas C. Lennon Retired, Community Member
Ex Officio (non-voting)
Bettye Ridley VEHS Senior Safety Officer, Biosafety
Richard DiTullio VEHS Safety Officer, Biosafety
Erica Teasley VEHS Safety Officer, Biosafety
Chris Svitek VEHS Safety Officer, Biosafety
Maria Garner Office of the General Counsel
John Manning Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs & Chief Administrative Officer
Kevin Warren Senior Director, VEHS

Committee Charge

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Institutional Biosafety Committee is charged to consider policies and procedures pertaining to the safe handling, transport, use, and disposal of biological materials, including recombinant DNA molecules, and to recommend the adoption of appropriate new or revised policies to the University administration through Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety; to review for compliance with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules all recombinant DNA research and to approve research that is in conformity with the Guidelines; to register and review research utilizing Risk Group 2 or higher biological agents and to approve research that contains adequate safeguards to protect the health and safety of laboratory personnel, students, staff, and visitors; to interpret guidelines and/or regulations of the U.S. Public Health Service, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and others pertaining to biological materials, and to provide technical assistance to Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety on these matters; to review proposed or enacted legislation impacting the Medical Center community and to inform Departments, Schools, and Colleges of this legislation and its potential implications; in conjunction with Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety, assists Colleges, Schools, and Departments with safety committees or programs related to the safe handling, transport, use, and disposal of biological materials; and to render advice in consideration for space and facilities for research involving biological materials, including recombinant DNA molecules.