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Biological Safety


Robin Trundy

Associate Director

phone: 343-8918

Reach any member of the Biosafety Team at


Biosafety Training

  • The Biosafety Program provides several courses to support all individuals who will work with (or around) biological materials such as microbiological agents, animal or human-derived body fluids or tissues, environmental samples, recombinant DNA, toxins of biological origin or any waste items contaminated with such biomaterials.

Orientation Checklists

  • Biosafety Orientation Checklist & Record for Onboarding New Lab Members – new lab members who will handle biomaterials need to complete lab-specific training in addition to completing applicable courses provided through Vanderbilt biosafety programs. This checklist provides guidance on topics to be covered by lab mentors/supervisors when onboarding a lab member who is joining the lab for a permanent or extended appointment. Completed checklists should be maintained with the lab’s safety manual.
  • Biosafety Orientation Checklist & Record for Onboarding Temporary Lab Members – this checklist serves the same purpose as the checklist for new lab members but applies to individuals who are joining the lab for a short-term academic program or training experience not to exceed one semester.

Planning Guides for Biomaterial Use

Lab Setup & Equipment

Biological Waste Management

Additional Resource Links


Committee Charge:

The Vanderbilt Institutional Biosafety Committee (VU IBC) provides review and oversight of research involving the use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules as required by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The composition and operations of the VU IBC are intended to satisfy the requirements of the NIH Guidelines first and foremost. However, the VU IBC also reviews research activities involving the use of human-derived materials, nonhuman primate-derived materials, agents infectious to humans, animals and plants, and acutely hazardous biological toxins to ensure compliance with other federal regulations and support environmental and worker safety.

Learn more about the committee.

Need help with an IBC registration matter? Contact the Biosafety Team at