About Us

Charge to the IBC

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) serves as required under the NIH Guidelines and as tasked by UWM to evaluate the ethical and compliant use of recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules, biological agents, and biological toxins. The committee consists of university and community representatives. University representatives will remain in the majority, with most being tenured or tenure-track research faculty from departments that actively utilize the materials outlined above in their research. The current membership roster is outlined below. The IBC is a university committee, reporting to the Associate Director of Research Compliance (and Institutional Official, or IO).

The IBC will support and critically evaluate University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee biological safety activities intended to protect the health and safety of the university community, visitors and neighbors, ensure compliance with regulations and guidelines and implement the Department of University Safety and Assurances guidelines.

Annual training will be provided to the IBC by the UWM Biological Safety Program through online and face-to-face training sessions. Additional training opportunities will be made available throughout the year. All members will complete an online CITI Program IBC member training annually to review federal guidelines and procedures as they pertain to the IBC, and annually review this manual. The Biosafety Program will maintain record of training.

Current Membership

UWM Faculty/ Staff

Dean Nardelli, Ph.D., IBC Chair, Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Coordinator, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences

Bradley De Pons, MLS(ASCP), Clinical Instructor, Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Laboratory Programs Clinical Education Coordinator, Laboratory Manager, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences

Gyaneshwar Prasad, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences

Suzanne Joneson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the College of General Studies (Waukesha Campus)

Elizabeth Muslin, Ph.D. , Laboratory Manager, Dept. of Biological Sciences

Hayley Ericksen, Ph.D., ATC, LAT, Clinical Assistant Professor, Athletic Training Program Clinical Education Coordinator, Dept. of Occupational Science and Technology

James Fay, MS, CIH, REHS– Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene Manager, Dept. of University Safety & Assurances

Jenny Nemke, Animal Care Program Manager, Dept. of University Safety & Assurances

Community Members

Bret D. Berglund, CHMM

Diane Lindsley, Ph.D.

Affiliated Non-Voting Members

Melissa Spadanuda, MBA, CIP– Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities Planning & Management, Institutional Official, Division of Finance and Administrative Affairs

Melody Harries, MA, CIP, Interim Associate Director of Research Compliance, IRB Manager