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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

A different look.  All provided MSWord files are formatted to use accessible tables for data-entry.  When completing these forms, text boxes will expand as needed to accommodate content, regardless of how small they look initially. Click between tables to move to different boxes - if you tab, you will create unnecessary rows.  If you have issues with these forms, please contact Robin Wilson, IBC Committee Coordinator at  She will work with you as needed, per Web Accessiblity policy.

1. Institutional Biosafety Committee Handbook for Oversight of the Use of rDNA and Potentially Biohazardous or Infectious Materials (IBC Handbook)

Use the IBC Handbook as your primary resource for ISU biosafety procedures. It outlines the process of protocol preparation and submission.

2. Getting Started

  1. If you believe your project work will be performed at Biosafety Level 1 (BSL1), complete the ISU Biosafety Research Activities Form.
    Submit the form to with the subject line, "IBC Research Activity Form". 
    Once reviewed by the IBC Chair and/or IBC Committee Coordinator, guidance will be provided to you via
  2. For project work at BSL2, regardless of biomaterial, complete a ISU Biosafety Research Registration Form and the protocol form(s) associated with the biomaterial(s) intended for use during your project.
    More than one protocol form may be required. 

          If you are uncertain which form applies contact with questions.

 3. Forms

ISU 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.

  • Biosafety Laboratory Manual BSL1
    Preparation of a BSL1 laboratory manual may be required for some work at this level.
  • 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 Peter Sheridan, Ph.D.
Robin Wilson, Committee Coordinator Erin Miller, Laboratory Staff Representative
Lorinda Smith, MOT, MPhil Srinath Pashikanti, Ph.D.
Ali Habashi, Ph.D. PharmD Jared Barrott, Ph.D. MS
Clark Weaver, Ph.D., Biosafety Officer Julia Martin, Ph.D.
Tim Williams, Facilities Services (ad hoc)  
Deborah Newby, Ph.D., Non-Affiliated David Reed, Ph.D., Non-Affiliated


FALL 2019 Meeting Dates and Proposal Submission Deadlines
Submission DeadlinesMeeting Dates
August 6th August 20th
September 3rd September 17th
October 1st October 15th
November 5th November 19th
Next possible: January 7th January 21, 2020

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


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

Research Outreach & Compliance  (ROC)
Contact Our Office:
Deb Easterly
Assistant Vice President for
Research Outreach & Compliance
Ph: 208-282-2618
Serving as ISU's
Research Integrity Officer
Export Control Officer   
 Physical Address:
Business and Technology Center
Building 86
1651 Alvin Ricken Drive, Room 107
Pocatello, ID 83201

Mailing Address:
921 S. 8th Ave., Stop 8286
Pocatello, ID 83209-8286