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Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The UC Merced IBC has been established to comply with the membership, procedure, and function requirements of Section IV-B-2 of the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules.   


Use of biological materials is subject to oversight by the IBC to ensure regulations, guidelines, and safe practices are used to eliminate or reduce risk of exposure to acceptable levels and comply with NIH Guidelines.  This essential oversight occurs through review and approval of Biological Use Authorizations (BUAs) submitted by Principal Investigators prior to initiation of research.  Other IBC responsibilities are to create and enforce policies and procedures regarding the use of biohazardous materials and monitor construction and use of biohazard containment facilities.

BUA Submission Deadline and IBC Meeting Dates

BUA Submission Deadline IBC Meeting Date
December 31, 2019 January 14, 2020
January 28, 2020 February 11, 2020
March 3, 2020 March 17, 2020
March 31, 2020 April 14, 2020
May 5, 2020 May 19, 2020
June 2, 2020 June 16, 2020

Committee Composition

Voting members:

Committee Chair:

Interim Chair: Andy LiWang - Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, University of California, Merced
Interim Vice-chair: Aparupa Sengupta - Campus Biological Safety Officer, University of California, Merced
UC Merced Members:
Chadwick Burgdorff - Staff Psychiatrist, Student Assistance Program, University of California, Merced;
Michael Cleary (Chair on Sabbatical) - Associate Professor, Molecular Cell Biology (MCB), University of California, Merced
Mal Donohue - Director of Environmental Health & Safety, University of California, Merced
Xuecai Ge - Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Merced
David Gravano - Technical Director of Cytometry, Stem Cell Instrumentation Foundry (SCIF) Core Facility, University of California, Merced
Roy Hoglund - Department of Animal Research Services Director; High-Containment Laboratory Program Director; University of California, Merced
Andrea Joyce - Assistant Professor, Entomology Public Health, University of California, Merced
Aparupa Sengupta - Campus Biological Safety Officer, University of California, Merced

Community Members:

Mike Cuchna - Merced College Vice President of Technology and Institutional Research, Retired
Doug Kain - Dean of Instruction, Area 1: Science, Math, Engineering, Merced College

Ex officio, non-voting members:

Chou Her - Chief of Police, University of California, Merced
Deborah Motton - Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Compliance & Integrity, University of California, Merced

Agendas and Meeting Minutes

The monthly IBC meeting agenda is distributed to the committee approximately seven days before the meeting date. The draft minutes from the previous month are distributed on the same date. The IBC minutes with proprietary or sensitive information redacted are available on request to members of the public.