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Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) - Norman Campus

The University of Oklahoma (OU) Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) has the charge of reviewing and approving the biological safety of all OU Norman campus-related research activities involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, gene transfer, microorganisms, viruses, and biological toxins.


  1. The PI should contact the Insitutional Biosafety Committee Chair, Dr. David McCauley(405-325-9038,dwmccauley@ou.edu), to discuss the planned activities prior to the final grant submission. This will enable a determination to be made in regards to any research involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules or other proposed biohazardous work.
  2. After a preliminary determination that recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecule activities or potentially biological hazardous work are being planned, the PI should submit the following to Trent Brown (tbrown@ou.edu). This will initiate IBC review to verify that the proposed work is in compliance with all Federal, State and Local Guidelines and whether or not the activity falls within the category "exempt from the guidelines," while also assessing the necessary biosafety containment level:

  3. If it is determined that the proposed work is acceptable and "exempt from the guidelines," a letter confirming this will be forwarded to the PI to submit to the Office of Research Services.
  4. Should the proposed work fall into any existing NIH Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid category other than "exempt from the guidelines" (see a summary of the guidelines for clarification), the proposal will be discussed during the next meeting of the Institutional Biosafety Committee.

Safety Training:

OU requires that every employee complete annual safety training for the types of work performed. Current Laboratory Safety (required for all laboratory personnel) and General Biosafety training is required for all personnel identified on any submitted IBC protocol. Bloodborne Pathogen training is additionally required for working with human cell lines. These training courses are found at https://www.ouhsc.edu/ehso/training-norman/new_logon.asp.Your username will be "sooner\(your 4+4)" and your password is the same as the password used with your 4+4 for email.

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Committee Members: 

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Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) Norman Campus


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