Skip Navigation.

Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management

Institutional Biosafety Committee


The committee reports to the UT System Executive Vice chancellor for Health Affairs with local direction provide by the UTHealth Executive Vice President for Research on matters related to recombinant DNA in research, clinical and education activities at UTHealth. Specific tasks include:

  • Responsible for policies and procedures relating to recombinant DNA used in UTHealth's research, clinical and educational programs.
  • Ensuring UTHealth's compliance with NIH guidelines and assess the safety of recombinant DNA research experiments and any potential risk to public health or the environment.

The Environmental Health & Safety Department is designated as the monitoring and effector arm of the Institutional Biosafety Committee.

Committee Composition Chair

Designated by the President on recommendation from the Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Executive Vice President for Research from the membership.

Membership as required by the "NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules

Full Members: the committee shall consist of no fewer than five full members, of whom;

  • At least one member from each school with appropriate rDNA technology and/or biological safety and containment expertise
  • At least two community members
  • A student member

Ex Officio Members: in addition, the following are designated as members without vote

  • Representative from Legal Affairs
  • Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management
  • Director, Environmental Health & Safety
  • Safety Manager, Biological Safety Program
  • Safety Manager, Environmental Protection Program
  • Executive Vice President for Research
  • Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
  • Center for Laboratory Animal Medicine and Care representative
  • Employee Health Clinical Services representative

Term of Membership: Staggered three-year cycles

2015-2016 Membership Roster

Chair: Dr. Roger Janz, Faculty, Medical School
Vice Chair: Dr. Catherine Denicourt, Faculty, Medical School

Terms Expire August 31, 2016

Dr. Ziyin Li, Faculty, Medical School
Dr. Claudio Soto, Faculty, Medical School
Dr. Charles Streckfus, Faculty, School of Dentistry
Dr. Eric Brown, Faculty, School of Public Health
Dr. Meilan Bielby, Community Representative

Terms Expire August 31, 2017

Dr. Malik Raynor, Student, Medical School
Dr. Julia Goldberg, CLAMC
Dr. Nicolas Justice, Faculty, Medical School
Dr. Jianping Jin, Faculty, Medical School
Dr. Hung Ton-That, Faculty, Medical School
Dr. Robert Emery, Safety, Health, Environmental & Risk Management

Terms Expire August 31, 2018

Dr. Roger Janz (Chair) Medical School/GSBS
Dr. Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, Medical School/GSBS
Dr. Catherine Denicourt (Vice Chair), Medical School/GSBS
Dr. Nancy Crider, School of Nursing
Dr. Duck-Hee Kang, School of Nursing
Ms. Michelle Colvard, Community Member
Dr. Justin Bahl, Faculty, School of Public
Dr. Scott Patlovich, Environmental Health & Safety

Ex Officio Members

Dr. George Stancel, Academic and Research Affairs
Mr. Alan Lucas, Environmental Health & Safety
Ms. Arlene Staller, Legal Affairs
Ms. Karen Hayes,Occupational Health
Dr. Mary Robinson, Animal Care

Meeting Location

Cyclotron Facility Training Room (CYF B.110)

Meeting Frequency

Monthly. For the date and time of the next scheduled meeting, please contact Environmental Health & Safety at 713.500.8100

Meeting Agenda & Minutes

The Texas Public Information Act dictates how we must respond to any requests for any information that has been collected, assembled, or maintained by or for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.  For more information please select this link.