Institutional Biosafety Committee


The committee promotes a safe campus environment by developing specific policies and procedures that reduce risks to the University of Nevada, Reno community associated with biological agents in accordance with guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health, OSHA, and appropriate state and local authorities.

Committee Minutes

Contact EH&S for IBC meeting minutes.

Committee Issues

  • Biological agents inventory and reporting
  • Memorandum of understanding and agreement review and approval
  • Current and ongoing biosafety issues

Major Regulatory Drivers

  • NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules
  • CDC/USDA Select Agent Regulations
  • OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
  • Washoe County Health District Biohazardous Waste Regulations


Member Demographics:
No. of Members 9
No. of Academic Faculty 3
No. of Administrative Faculty 3
No. of Non-UNR Community Members 3
Meeting Frequency Every other month

Committee Contacts

William Courchesne, Ph.D.
Institutional Biosafety Committee Chair
Associate Professor, Microbiology
University of Nevada, Reno
Phone: (775) 784-4113

Ben Owens, CIH, CBSP
Assistant Director, Laboratory Safety
University of Nevada, Reno
Phone: (775) 327-5196