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Institutional Biosafety Committee

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) advises the Chancellor through the Vice Chancellor – Resource Management & Planning on all matters relating to the safe use of hazardous biological materials and organisms.

The IBC establishes, monitors and enforces policies and procedures which meet or exceed applicable norms or regulations for biohazardous materials and/or recombinant DNA, including gene transfer clinical trials. Any use of biohazardous materials and/or recombinant DNA must be reviewed and approved by the IBC (or the Biological Safety Officer operating within guidelines established by the IBC).

The IBC has the authority to impose disciplinary measures in cases where there is willful or negligent violation of UC San Diego's established biosafety practices and procedures. Sanctions are subject to review and/or modification by the Chancellor. The IBC shall maintain diverse membership representing the community and a variety of university interests. Non-committee faculty or staff with a particular expertise will be asked to advise the committee when the need arises.


Ex-Officio (non-voting, except where indicated)

  • Darren Cannone, Chair, Veterans Affairs Biosafety Committee
  • Nigel Crawford, Subject Matter Expert in Plant Pathogens (voting when required)
  • Theodore Friedmann, Subject Matter Expert in Human Gene Transfer (voting when required)
  • Daniel Gibbs, Subject Matter Expert in Viral Vectors (voting)
  • Thomas J. Kipps, Subject Matter Expert in Human Gene Transfer (voting when required)
  • Scott Letendre, (Chair), Subject Matter Expert in Virology (voting)
  • Corey Singleton, Director, Environment, Health & Safety
  • Seth Mullen, Biological Safety Officer (voting)
  • Phil Richter, Campus Veterinarian (voting)
  • Lance Scott, Research Safety Manager
  • Francesca Torriani, Medical Director, Infection Prevention/Clinical Epidemiology Unit (voting)
  • Frank Novembre, WIRB Copernicus Group, Subject Matter Expert in Human Gene Transfer
  • Sheryl Major, High Containment Officer, Alternate Biosafety Officer
  • Susan Mayo, Associate Biosafety Officer, Alternate Biosafety Officer
  • Melissa Ly, Associate Biosafety Officer, Alternate Biosafety Officer


  • Scott Barton, Staff Representative
  • Brydon Bennett, Community Representative
  • Michael David, Biology Faculty Representative
  • John Guatelli, SOM Faculty Representative, knowledgeable in Infectious Agents/Recombinant DNA
  • Bruce Hamilton, SOM Faculty Representative
  • Linda Holland, SIO Faculty Representative
  • Christopher Peter, Community Representative
  • Tony Reid, General Campus Faculty Representative, knowledgeable in Recombinant DNA/Gene Transfer
  • Joseph Vinetz, General Campus Faculty Representative
  • Michael White, Community Representative
  • Eric Schmelz, General Campus Faculty Rep