Siena College Institutional Biosafety Committee

Institutional Biosafety Committee

Siena College has established an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) to provide local review and oversight of nearly all forms of work utilizing recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids and for ensuring that such research activities conducted at or sponsored by Siena College are in compliance with the National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines).

Collectively, IBC members serve to provide expertise in the area of recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecule research, biosafety and physical containment, standards of professional conduct and practice, institutional policies and applicable laws, community attitudes, environmental considerations and/or risks to public health and safety.

Instructors and principal investigators (or collaborators on a project) who perform activities using recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids must register and submit a Research Activity Registration form with the IBC even if the NIH does not fund their own project or research activities.  Participation of teaching and research personnel in the registration of nucleic acid molecule research activities will allow the College to maintain its current funding with the NIH and allow for future funding opportunities.  

If you need to complete the Research Activity Registration form, require assistance in completing the registration form or want other technical assistance contact the IBC Administrator, Ms. Hilary Hofstein at extension 2469 or via email

The next IBC meeting is on Febuary 6, 2017 in Morrell Science Center at 12:30 pm in MSC140.  Questions? Contact Hilary Hofstein.