IACUC Information

The composition of the UAF Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) meets the requirements of both the USDA and OLAW, the primary federal agencies that regulate and oversee the use of live vertebrates for research, teaching, and testing.  Per UAF policy #04-003 Animal Care and Use, the Vice Chancellor for Research is the institutional official responsible for ensuring that the UAF animal care program is adequately funded, staffed, and administered.  The institutional official appoints IACUC members and designates the committee chairperson.  IACUC members are typically appointed to three-year renewable terms.  

IACUC Members

Most of the members of the UAF IACUC hold faculty positions in units that regularly conduct research, teaching, and testing activities using live vertebrates.  The committee is required to include at least one unaffiliated community member and the UAF Attending Veterinarian. The following is a current list of IACUC members and their affiliations:

Milan Shipka, IACUC Chair, scientist - High Latitude Agriculture (SNRAS), Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station

Carolyn Bergstrom, scientist- UAS School of Arts and Sciences, Marine Biology

John Blake, Attending Veterinarian and Director, Animal Resources Center

Mike Castellini, scientist - School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Institute of Marine Science

Kathy Chapados, non-scientist, unaffiliated member

Link Olson, scientist- Department of Biology & Wildlife, University of Alaska Museum of the North

Jan Straley, scientist- UAS School of Arts and Sciences, Marine Biology

Anshul Pandya , scientist - UAF  College of Rural and Community Development, Rodent Neuropharmacology

Carla Willetto, (alternate member) Associate Veterinarian, Animal Resources Center


Several UAF policies may be applicable to individuals using vertebrate animals in research, teaching, or testing activities.  These policies include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Animal Care & Use: This policy pertains to the care and use of vertebrate animals used in research and teaching at UAF. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), UAF Veterinary Services, and the Office of Research Integrity are responsible for administering this policy.
  • Use of Controlled Substances in Research and Teaching: This policy addresses the use of controlled substances in activities at UAF or by UAF personnel in the field. A Drug Enforcement Agency registration is currently held by the Institute of Arctic Biology and the UAF Attending Veterinarian. Units or individuals wishing to obtain a DEA registration must work with the Office of Research Integrity.
  • Occupational Health & Safety - UAF Animal Facilities: There are unique health and safety risks associated with working in an animal facility. This policy establishes a risk-based assessment process and monitoring procedures for all individuals requiring access to UAF owned animal facilities. Participation in this program is mandatory. More information on the Occupational Health & Safety Program is available on the IACUC website.
  • Biosafety in Research & Teaching: This policy applies to all uses of recombinant DNA, artificial gene transfer (genetically modified organisms), infectious agents and biologically derived toxins by UAF personnel.
  • Principal Investigator Eligibility: This policy sets forth guidance regarding who may serve as a principal investigator on sponsored projects and research committee (IACUC, IRB, etc.) submissions. This policy replaces the PI Policy issued by Chancellor Lind (August 2001).
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training:  This policy formalizes UAF's commitment to providing formal RCR instruction to research trainees (post doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students).  This policy specifically addresses compliance with the NIH and NSF terms and conditions of award related to RCR training.
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) License:  All uses of radioactive material or sources is governed by the terms of our NRC License.  For more information contact the Radiation Safety Officer (Tracey Martinson) or visit the Radiation Safety website.
  • Minors on Campus Guidelines:  There are general guidelines issued by Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management (EHS&RM) that apply to all minors (under 18) on campus.  Additional procedures have been developed for researchers wishing to bring minors into UAF laboratories, including a parental notification process.  The Template letter to Parents should be used as a guide.  Contact the UAF Risk Manager (Billie Swaim) for more information.

Administrative Procedures

The UAF IACUC, Animal Care Program, and Animal Facility Occupational Health and Safety Program procedures are set forth in UAF's Assurance of Compliance with Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals on file with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW). These procedures are formulated by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and approved by the Institutional Official, IACUC, and OLAW. A current copy of UAF's Assurance is available for review at the ORI.