Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

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The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has the responsibility to assure the safe use of recombinant DNA (rDNA) as outlined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to assure the safety of MCW personnel and others working with rDNA and/or biological materials, and to limit the environmental impact of rDNA and biological agents, including pathogens, utilized by investigators at the MCW. The IBC follows recommendations and/or regulations outlined in the NIH Guidelines for Research involving Recombinant DNA molecules,  the 5th edition BMBL (Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories) and the Federal Register 42 CFR 73.   The IBC currently falls under and reports to the Joint Safety Committee (JSC)at MCW and the Senior Associate Dean for Research.



As of December 21, 2013 all applications for IBC approval must be submitted via eBridge.  For information on how to submit your IBC application via eBridge, visit Resources for eBridge IBC Applications Module.  

To make changes to a current paper application, visit the eBridge Support web page eBridge and Your Approved Paper IBC Application.


Committee Meetings

Medical College of Wisconsin Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month, 1:30 - 3:00pm in MFRC 3075 and are open to the public. MCW reserves the right to hold executive sessions during IBC meetings.  Executive sessions are not open to the public. Please contact the IBC to arrange access to the campus.

MCW IBC meeting minutes are available to the public in a redacted format. If you wish to receive a copy of a meeting's minutes, please contact the IBC to arrange for a copy to be sent by registered mail.  The MCW reserves the right to redact any information which would jeopardize the health and safety of its staff members or the security of the research materials in use on site.

If any member of the MCW community or the general public wishes to forward comments or questions to the MCW IBC, please contact the IBC. The IBC will reply with a written copy of both comment and response forwarded to the NIH OBA.

The MCW IBC allows Principal Investigators with pending applications to attend IBC meetings during which their research will be discussed. Please contact the IBC to be placed on the meeting agenda for attendance. 


Committee Members


Dara W. Frank PhD
Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Expertise: Bacterial toxins; bacterial pathogenesis, select agent research; bacterial secretion systems; vaccines
Affiliation(s): Radiation Safety

David A. Wilcox PhD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Expertise: Gene Therapy for Inherited Bleeding Disorders


Community Committee Members

Jarrod Erbe PhD
Professor of Biology & Department Chairman
Expertise: Biology
Affiliation(s): Chair of WLC IACUC

James Case
Assistant Chief
Fire Department
City of Wauwatosa


Committee Members

Joseph Barbieri PhD
Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Expertise: Protein toxins, microbial pathogenesis

L. William Cashdollar PhD
Associate Adjunct Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Expertise: Virology and molecular biology
Affiliation(s): MCW IACUC; Vice Chair of MCW Extremely Hazardous Chemicals

Guan Chen, MD, PhD
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Expertise: molecular biology, signal transduction, and cancer research

Jenifer L. Coburn PhD
Professor of Medicine
Expertise: bacterial pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, vector-borne infections, zoonotic infections

Aron Geurts, PhD
Assistant Professor, Physiology
Expertise: Transgenic models, vectors, transposons, gene targeting, rat ES cells and IPS cells, gene delivery systems

Kelly Henrickson MD
Professor, Pediatrics/Infectious Disease
Expertise: Pediatric infectious diseases; respiratory virology; molecular diagnostics
Affiliation(s): CHW Infection Control

Eric S. Jensen, DVM
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Staff Veterinarian, Biomedical Resource Center
Expertise: lab animal medicine
Affiliation(s): MCW IACUC

Sue Kehl PhD
Associate Professor, Pathology
Expertise: medical microbiology
Affiliation(s): CHW HRRB, CHW Infection Control

Jozef Lazar MD PhD
Associate Professor, Dermatology
Expertise: manipulation of rat genome; delivery modify vector expressing gene; siRNA etc. using invivo/in vitro systems

Qizhen Shi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Hematology Oncology

Peter Sohnle MD
Professor, Medicine
Expertise: Infectious diseases and animal models of infectious diseases
Affiliation(s): VA Pharmacy, Nutrition & Therapeutics


Support Member (Non-Voting)

Christopher Mol RN MBA COHN-S
Manager, Occupational Health & International Travel Clinic
Expertise: Occupational Health and International Travel
Affiliation(s): MCW IACUC, Wellness Steering Committee; FMLH Infection Control


Administrative Support (Non-Voting)

Stacy Koprowski
IBC Coordinator I
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