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The Institutional Biosafety Committee, or IBC, is the ISU committee with oversight of the use of rDNA and regulated or other potentially biohazardous or infectious materials. The IBC reviews protocols for experiments using these biomaterials.

All research conducted at Idaho State University involving rDNA molecules must meet with current NIH Guidelines as a condition of institutional eligibility for NIH funds.

Research and activities requiring review and approval from the ISU IBC are described in detail in the IBC Handbook.

For assistance, please contact IBC Interim Chair Deb Easterly at (208) 282-2618 or the IBC Committee Coordinator, Robin Wilson, at (208) 282-1336 or via

CITI Training module completion may be required for principal investigators and laboratory personnel.

Biosafety Resources

  1. Primary biosafety resource for PI, Laboratory Supervisors and Laboratory Staff:
    The Institutional Biosafety Committee Handbook for Oversight of the Use of rDNA and Potentially Biohazardous or Infectious Materials (IBC Handbook*).
    This is your primary resource for ISU biosafety procedures. It outlines the process of protocol preparation and submission. *Updated August 2020.

  2. Protocols Applications by Biosafety Level:
    1. Biosafety Level 1 (BSL1) projects complete the
      1. Biosafety Research Registration Form
      2. Biosafety Laboratory Manual for BSL1
        Submit these files to with the subject line, "IBC Research Activity Form".
        BSL1 projects may not require the full IBC review, but may be approved by the IBC Chair.
        Once reviewed by the IBC Chair and/or IBC Committee Coordinator, guidance will be provided to you via
    2. Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) projects, regardless of biomaterial, complete the
      1. Biosafety Research Registration Form;
      2. The protocol form(s) [listed below] associated with the biomaterial(s) intended for use during your project.
        More than one protocol form may be required;
      3. BSL2 Biosafety Laboratory Manual 
      4. Perform a Laboratory Biosafety Physical Self-Inspection for BSL2 form to document lab readiness.  Provide a copy of the completed form. A formal inspection is part of the IBC approval process.
        BSL2 protocols require a full IBC review during a scheduled meeting.

  3. Modification of a Previously Approved Protocol complete this
    1. Protocol Form E Modification of Approved Protocols
  4. Renewal of Previously Approved Protocols complete these

1. Biosafety Research Registration Form marked for renewal;

2. A revised/updated BSL2 Lab Manual Certification page (especially training information and personnel) 

3.  An updated Laboratory Biosafety Physical Self-Inspection for BSL2 form to document ongoing lab readiness.  

If you are uncertain which form applies contact with questions.

 3. Biosafety Forms

Biosafety Research Registration Form
Includes a Registration section, Protocol Background section and the Principal Investigator/Laboratory Director or Instructor Assurance (acceptance of responsibilities).

Protocol Form A Use of Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules in Research 

Protocol Form B. Use of Infectious Agents, Toxins and Select Agents in Research

Protocol Form C Human and Non-Human Primate Blood, Cell Lines, or Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM)

Protocol Form D Use of Biological Materials in Teaching Laboratories

Protocol Form E Modification of Approved Protocols

FORM F – Accident/Exposure/ Noncompliance Incident Report

4. Laboratory Manual Forms
These two Biosafety Laboratory Manuals contain required references and guidance that every lab manual must contain.  In addition, they are forms providing spaces for a PI/Instructor/Lab Director to list the laboratory directions required for their specific project.

  • BSL2 Biosafety Laboratory Manual
    Preparation of a BSL2 laboratory manual is required in order for the IBC to approve a BSL2 protocol. The lab manual file has portions that must be completed using MS Word and signed for submission.

For questions about the IBC Handbook or forms, contact IBC Interim Chair Deb Easterly at

Protocol document sets (Registration form with protocol form with laboratory manual) must be submitted to before the submission deadlines listed in the table below to be considered during an IBC meeting.

Institutional Biosafety Committee Members



Deb Easterly, Ed.D., Interim Chair Robin Wilson, Committee Coordinator
Ali Habashi, Ph.D. PharmD Julia Martin, Ph.D. 
Jason Werth, Lab Representative  Srinath Pashikanti, Ph.D.
Tim Williams, Facilities Services (ad hoc)
Jared Barrott, Ph.D. MS
Deborah Newby, Ph.D., Non-Affiliated David Reed, Ph.D., Non-Affiliated 
Fall 2020 Meeting Dates and Proposal Submission Deadlines
Submission Deadlines Meeting Dates
September 8, 2020 September 22, 2020
October 6, 2020 October 20, 2020
November 3, 2020 November 17, 2020
December 2, 2020 December 15, 2020

Protocols are due tobiosafe@isu.eduby close of business on 
  each deadline date to be considered at the next Meeting.

 Spting 2021 Meeting Dates to be Announced.

Biosafety Contacts:

Deb Easterly, Ed.D., IBC Interim Chair
Robin Wilson
IBC Committee Coordinator

Research Outreach & Compliance
Business and Technology Center
Bldg 86, Rm 107, Stop 8286

  Phone: (208) 282-1336