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Institutional Biosafety Committee

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has established mandatory guidelines for research involving recombinant DNA (rDNA) or synthetic nucleic acid molecules. These guidelines specify practices for constructing and handling rDNA or synthetic nucleic acid molecules and those organisms/viruses containing rDNA molecules. The role of Lewis & Clark College’s Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is to assure the safe and compliant handling of research involving recombinant DNA (rDNA) or synthetic nucleic acid molecules by Lewis & Clark investigators or by others at Lewis & Clark facilities.

IBC procedures are federally mandated. Regardless of the source of supporting funds, Principal Investigators (PIs) must have IBC approval to use recombinant DNA or other biohazardous materials prior to the initiation of the research. The PI is required to submit an application to the IBC. The IBC reviews for compliance with NIH Guidelines and approves those research projects it finds to be in conformity.

Faculty Handbook 4.2.5.1
The Lewis & Clark Committee on Institutional Biosafety (CIB) shall oversee research involving recombinant DNA performed at Lewis & Clark in order to protect the health and safety of employees and the public regarding such research. Members shall be appointed by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. At least two members from the public shall be appointed as prescribed by federal guidelines. A majority of members of the CIB shall constitute a quorum. Appointments shall be for a term of three years. Once a committee member completes his or her term, or resigns from the committee, a replacement will be recommended to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Committee Membership:

Nikolaus Loening, Professor of Chemistry, Lewis & Clark College (Chair)
David Ellis, Interim President, Lewis & Clark College
Janis Lochner, Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Professor of Science, Lewis & Clark College
Sarah Byers, Assistant Research Integrity Officer, Oregon Health & Science University
Todd Rosenstiel, Associate Professor of Biology, Portland State University 
Kelly DelFatti, Director of Sponsored Research, Lewis & Clark College (contact)


Useful Websites:

Lewis & Clark College Institutional Biosafety Policy

NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) - Frequently Asked Questions

Experiments that are Exempt from the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines) - Frequently Asked Questions

Minutes of IBC meetings are available upon request. Please contact sponsres@lclark.edu for more information.

Forms:

Initial Recombinant DNA (rDNA) Research Classification Form 

Recombinant DNA (rDNA) Research Questionnaire 

Annual Renewal/Project Modification Form for Recombinant DNA (rDNA) Research 

Infectious Agent/Toxin Questionnaire 

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