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 The primary mission of The University of Toledo Biosafety Committee (IBC) is to ensure the safety of the faculty, staff and students participating in biological research at UToledo, as well as humans and vertebrate animals enrolled in such studies. In addition, protocol review and approval by the IBC also serves to protect the general public and the environment from adverse consequences related to that research. UToledo policy #3364-70-06 requires that all research involving the use of biological agents (or potential biohazards) must be submitted to the IBC for review and approval before research faculty may engage in any activities including such materials

When such agents are to be introduced into live vertebrate animals, final approval of the associated animal use protocol by the UToledo Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is contingent upon final approval of the associated protocol for use of a biohazard. When such agents are to be introduced into live humans, final approval of the associated research protocol by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is contingent upon IBC approval of the associated protocol for the use of a biohazard.

For additional information, see the Frequently Asked Questions or contact the IBC Administrator (IBC@UToledo.edu).

Updated: February 3, 2022

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Institutional Biosafety Committee Administration
Mahesh Pillai, MD, PhD, CIP - Manager, Research Compliance Mahesh Pillai, M.D., Ph.D., C.I.P.

Manager, Research Compliance
The University of Toledo
Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
Main Campus | R1 - Suite 1020E

Phone: 419.383.4251 | Email: Mahesh.Pillai@UToledo.edu
Tyara Vazquez, MS - Associate Compliance Analyst, IACUC/IBC

Tyara Vazquez, MS

Associate Compliance Analyst, IACUC
The University of Toledo
Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
Main Campus | R1 1020F

Phone: 419.383.5321 | Email: Tyara.Vazquez@UToledo.edu


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