Institutional Biosafety Committee


Medical College of Wisconsin Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month, 1:30-3:00 pm 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.

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) 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 Senior Associate Dean for Research.

Committee Members

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Allison D. Ebert, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy
Expertise: neurodegeneration; examining neuronal development & cell pathways; molecular pathways/cell dysfunction; disease modeling; gene therapy; stem cell


Ken Allen, DVM
Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Staff Veterinarian, Biomedical Resource Center
Expertise: laboratory animal medicine
Affiliation: MCW IACUC

L. William Cashdollar, PhD
Associate Adjunct Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Expertise: virology and molecular biology
Affiliations: MCW IACUC; Vice Chair of MCW Hazardous Chemical Committee

Guan Chen, MD, PhD
Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
Expertise: molecular biology; signal transduction; cancer research

Jason Keaton, MS, RBP, CBSP, SM (NRCM)
Biological Safety Officer (BSO)

Richard T. Robinson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Qizhen Shi, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology/BMT
Associate Investigator, BloodCenter of Wisconsin
Expertise: gene therapy; hemophilia; immune response in gene therapy

Scott Terhune, PhD
Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

  Community Members

James Case
City of Wauwatosa Fire Department
Expertise: Fire Marshal & Administrative Chief; oversight of the departmental budget/statutory requirements
Affiliations: Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association; International Association of Arson Investigators; Wisconsin Fire Inspectors Association; Disaster Medical Assistance Team for United States Department of Health Service
(414) 333-3624

Laura Conklin, MPH
Health Officer & Health Department Director, Wauwatosa Health Department
(414) 479-8936

  Support (non-voting participants)

Tami Maier, PhD
Assistant Safety Officer, Environmental Health & Safety
Alternate Responsible Official (ARO) for Select Agent BSL3 laboratory
Expertise: biological safety; microbiology; molecular biology; genetics; biochemistry; laser safety
(414) 955-8465

Rebecca Seevers, MS, CIH
Director, Environmental Health & Safety
Expertise: Certified Industrial Hygienist
Affiliation: Wisconsin Chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association
(414) 955-8293

Cassandra Stark
IBC Coordinator
(414) 955-4279