Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)


The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office for Responsible Research. The IBC must review and approve all research (funded and unfunded) and teaching projects involving:

• use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, including transgenic animals or plants;
• use of human or animal pathogens (e.g., bacteria, viruses, prions, parasites);
• use of soil, seed, plants, plant pathogens (e.g., bacteria, viruses, or parasites) or other material received under a USDA APHIS compliance agreement or permit;
• use of biological toxins;
• administration of experimental biological products to animals;
• field releases of plant pests received under a USDA APHIS PPQ permit;
• field releases of genetically modified organisms that are under a USDA APHIS PPQ or BRS permit (e.g., not commercially available GMOs).

The purpose of these reviews is to provide for the safe conduct of work involving hazardous biological materials and to ensure compliance with applicable external regulations and Iowa State University policies.

The Committee serves as the Institutional Biosafety Committee in all matters involving recombinant DNA studies as required by the Federal Register, May 7, 1986, vol. 51, #88, pages 16958-16985, and subsequent guidelines which supersede earlier versions. The committee also reviews projects involving other hazardous biological materials.

For more information about the IBC at Iowa State University, use the links below.


Ongoing review of projects involving hazardous biological materials either performed at or sponsored by the University. Projects shall be conducted in a manner that does not pose significant risk to the health and safety of laboratory workers, the public, or the environment.

An annual report about the committee is filed with the National Institutes of Health, Office of Biotechnology Activities.

Current Members

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Name Role Representation Start Term
Nusser, Sarah Vice Chair VPR- Institutional Officer 11 Jun 2014
Sauer, Mary Veterinarian Attending Veterinarian 01 Jan 2010
Zamzow, Sarah Ex-officio Faculty/Staff - Administrative Representative



  • Attending Veterinarian (1)
  • Biosafety Officer (2)
  • Faculty/Staff - Administrative Representative (1)
  • Faculty/Staff - Animal Containment (1)
  • Faculty/Staff - Bacteriology (1)
  • Faculty/Staff - Foodborne Pathogens Disease Expert (1)
  • Faculty/Staff - Infectious Disease Expert (1)
  • Faculty/Staff - Laboratory (1)
  • Faculty/Staff - Occupational Medicine (2)
  • Faculty/Staff - Plant Expert (3)
  • Faculty/Staff - Virology Expert (2)
  • Non-affiliated (2)
  • VPR- Institutional Officer (1)


Contact: Bette Maybee, ORR