Institutional Biosafety Committee
Recombinant DNA (rDNA) activities conducted by Purdue University
investigators or by others at Purdue University facilities are subject to the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) “Guidelines for Research Involving
Recombinant DNA Molecules” regardless of the source of funds that support the activities.
The Purdue University Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is the
campus-based committee responsible for reviewing and approving all proposals, activities and experiments involving an organism or product of an
organism that presents a risk to humans.
This includes, but is not limited to, work with potential pathogens, with
human clinical samples and primary cell lines, and with rDNA or synthetic
nucleic acids. Principal investigators must submit to the IBC an application to use rDNA and other biohazards in their research. Although certain
rDNA protocols are exempt from the guidelines, the chair of the IBC may
only make a determination of this exemption. The IBC convenes semiannually or more frequently as needed to fulfill its responsibilities.
The IBC review is conducted in accordance with the guidance and requirements of NIH, the Centers for Disease Control, and Purdue University
policies and the Biosafety Manual. All PIs have an obligation to be closely
familiar with health and safety guidelines applicable to their work and to
adhere to them. Purdue’s Radiological and Environmental Management,
the Office of Research and Partnerships and the Biosafety Officer work to
support the IBC in carrying out its responsibilities.
As of July 1, 2014 the IBC committee requires that all personnel (PIs,
graduate students and all laboratory personnel) listed on an IBC protocol
application complete the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) online educational modules for biosafety and security. Individuals
must complete the principal investigators and laboratory personnel module. This module is listed under Question 9 for the Purdue Courses under
Institutional Biosafety Training. If you also work with animals, the animal
biosafety/biosecurity module needs to be completed. This requirement will
be instituted for all new protocols and all renewals. The educational certification needs to be renewed every five years.
The link to the CITI program is www.citiprogram.org.
Contact Bob Golden, Committee Secretary and Institutional Biosafety
Officer at 494-1496, or firstname.lastname@example.org, with any
questions or for more information.
Fiscal Year 2015
Executive Vice President
for Research and
Funds are available through two Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships (EVPRP) Equipment Programs:
the Laboratory and University Core Facilities Research Equipment Program and
the Non-Laboratory Equipment Program.
The Laboratory Equipment Program and
the University Core Facilities Research
Equipment Program are combined into
a single program for FY 2015. Equipment
requests for up to $100,000 are available
through the Laboratory and University
Core Facilities Research Equipment
The Non-Laboratory Equipment Program
remains the same as in previous years.
Requests for up to $20,000 (Tier 2) or
$5,000 (Tier 1) will be considered through
the Non-Laboratory Equipment Program.
Descriptions of the two programs are
located on our website at www.purdue.
Applications for both Programs are due
in September and funds will be available
in January 2015.
For questions or additional information,
please contact Sheryl Willison at 765-
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