Biological Safety at UWM

Protecting Researchers, the University Community and the Environment

The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee is committed to protecting the health and safety of its faculty, staff, students, visitors and the environment  by facilitating a biological safety program that promotes safe microbiological practices and procedures, provide training and recommendations for the proper use of containment equipment and facilities, and oversee research protocols in microbiology, tissue culture, recombinant DNA, molecular biology, synthetic biology, and biotechnology.

Teaching and research programs handling the following biohazardous materials are subject to the Biosafety Program guidelines.

  • Microorganisms and infectious agents, such as: bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, protozoa, helminths, arthropods, prions
  • Recombinant (transgenic) DNA or synthetic nucleic acids
  • Biological toxins- toxins originating from bacteria, plants, animals, and/ or fungi
  • Stem cell research
  • Use of animals (vertebrate or invertebrate) that are transgenic (recombinant), invasive/ exotic, grown in association with pathogens and/ or recombinant materials
  • Plants that are transgenic (recombinant), invasive/ exotic, and/ or grown in association with plant pathogens, recombinant microbes, and/ or pathogenic or recombinant invertebrates that cause plant disease.
  • Nanotechnology involving biological agents
  • Human cells, tissues, organs, and bodily fluids- including use of primary and established cell lines
  • Non-human primate cells, tissues organs, and bodily fluids
  • Other animal cells and tissues

Large scale propagation consisting of a volume greater than 10L or more in one vessel
Human cells and cell culture, organs or tissues, or biological samples
Non-human cells and cell culture, organ or tissues, or biological samples that are infectious, potentially infectious or recombinant
Animals (vertebrate and/or invertebrate) that are recombinant (transgenic), exotic, and/or grown in association with pathogens and/or recombinant materials
Plants that are recombinant (transgenic), exotic, and/or grown in association with pathogenic or recombinant microbes and/or pathogenic or recombinant small animals (insects, etc.)
Biological Toxins (this does not include toxic chemicals or antibiotics)

If you would like additional information on the campus biological safety program, e-mail uwm-biosafety@uwm.edu.