The composition of the UAF Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) meets the requirements of the Office of Biotechnology Activities at the National Institutes of Health, the primary federal agency fundiing the use of recombinant DNA (rDNA) and genetically modified organisms. Per UAF policy #05-005 Biosafety in Research and Teaching, the Vice Chancellor for Research is the institutional official responsible for oversight of UAF's OBA registration. The institutional official, in consultation with the Office of Research Integrity, appoints IBC members and designates the committee chairperson. IBC members are typically appointed to three-year renewable terms. The Director of Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management is responsible for appointing the university's biosafety officer and overseeing the disposal of waste biohazardous materials.
Most of the members of the IBC are UAF faculty and staff. The committee also includes at least one community representative and the UAF Attending Veterinarian. The following is a list of the current IBC members and their affiliations:
Karsten Hueffer, IBC Chair - Department of Biology & Wildlife (CNSM), Institute of Arctic Biology
John Blake, Attending Veterinarian - Veterinarian
Steven Reilly - Community member
Jason Jack, Animal Faciltiy Manager - Institute of Arctic Biology
Tracey Martinson, Biosafety Officer - Department of Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management
Bonnie Bond, Lab Manager - Alaska State Virology Lab
Several UAF policies may be applicable to individuals working with rDNA, genetically modified organisms, infectious agents, or biologically derived toxins 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. Drug Enforcement Agency registrations are currently held by the Institute of Arctic Biology, Institute of Marine Sciences 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 (Annette Chism) for more information.
The UAF IBC procedures are formulated by the Office of Research Integrity working with the IBC members. Work involving live vertebrates will also have to comply with 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).