October 13-18, 2017

October 13-18, 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Presenter Bios 2016-12-11T23:20:10+00:00

2016 Presenter Bios

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Dann Adair, Conviron, North Branch, Minnesota, United States
Scientific Program: BIOSAFETY OF PLANT RESEARCH IN GREENHOUSES AND OTHER SPECIALIZED CONTAINMENT FACILITIES »
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 3:45 PM – 4:05 PM

Mr. Dann Adair is an Account Manager and Greenhouse Application Specialist with Conviron. He holds a B.S. in Integrated Pest Management from the University of Minnesota and managed plant growth facilities at the University of Illinois (1978-1982) and the University of Minnesota (1982-2003) before moving into the private sector. (2003-present). He was a prominent team member that led to the build-out of over $30M in plant research facilities at the University of Minnesota. With Conviron, he helped create the Aurora Research Greenhouse, a state-of-the art research greenhouse. His extensive travels have allowed him to visit a vast number of plant research sites thus experiencing a wide range of controlled environment solutions beyond those created by the Conviron staff. In addition to the equipment and facility experience, he has special expertise in biosafety containment. Co-authorship of A Practical Guide to Containment: Plant Biosafety in Research Greenhouses in 2008 (and in the prior 2001 version) has created an opportunity to present and teach on this topic in the US, UK, Canada, Brazil, Malaysia, and China. USDA-APHIS uses this publication as a training tool for their field staff. Since 2005, he has been on the faculty of the annual Biosafety and Biosecurity Training Course, the most prominent course for understanding plant containment requirements. He gave a pre-symposium course and was a session leader for the 2013 USDA-ARS International Biosafety and Biocontainment Symposium in Arlington, VA and a pre-conference course at ABSA 2014. He has presented at professional meetings including the Midwest Area Biosafety Network, the Association of Education and Research Greenhouse Curators (member), the NCERA-101 Committee on Controlled Environments (member), the American Phytopathological Society (member), the Society for In Vitro Biology, and the Tradeline International Conference on Biocontainment Facilities. He is an associate member of the consulting group, the Agricultural Biotech Regulatory Network.

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Ghaya Alwahdani, Ministry of Health, Amman, Jordan
Poster: RISK ASSESSMENT IN JORDAN »

Ghaya Alwahdani is the Biorisk Management Coordinator for the Ministry of Health – Central Public Health Laboratory in Jordan. As the Biorisk Management Coordinator, she works on many topics located on the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). She is also the Biosafety Officer designated by the World Health Organization, approved by the MOH and designated for the MENA region. She is a certified WHO trainer on all topics related to Biosafety and Biosecurity (Biorisk management.) Most recently, she was awarded with a “Preventing emerging and re-emerging infections” Mini Grant that allowed her and her colleagues the opportunity to develop National Biorisk Guidelines for the country of Jordan.

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Matthew A. Anderson, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Scientific Program: HOW DEEP IS TOO DEEP: A VALIDATION STUDY OF GREENHOUSE WASTE DECONTAMINATION AT UNL »
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 4:25 PM – 4:45 PM

Matt Anderson is currently the Biosafety Officer at University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where he has been since 2009. Prior to that he completed a 1 year post-doctoral fellowship in Biosafety at Washington University in St. Louis. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Dana College in Blair, NE and a doctorate in Chemical Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a Registered Biosafety Professional through ABSA and he is active in ABSA and MABioN, currently serving as the Co-Chair of the ABSA E-communications Committee and as President-Elect of MABioN.

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William Arndt, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Scientific Program: NEW APPROACH FOR DESIGNING PUBLIC AND ANIMAL HEALTH DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORIES »
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 4:40 PM – 5:00 PM

William (Bill) Arndt is a Principle Member of the Technical Staff in the International Biological and Chemical Threat Reduction program at Sandia National Laboratories. Bill earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology, with specialty in Virology, from Arizona State University. He has multiple publications in leading journals and has presented his work at national and international symposia. He has over 12 years of experience working in public and animal health diagnostic laboratories, research laboratories, and high-containment laboratories. Presently, he serves as a subject matter expert in the areas of biosecurity, molecular diagnostics, and laboratory design. He currently leads-up initiatives to improve biorisk management practices in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and Senegal. Additionally, he has been responsible for conducting biosecurity risk assessments and implementing biosecurity risk mitigation measures in over 20 countries located in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, Middle East and North Africa. Lastly, Bill leads-up and is involved in a variety of projects related to laboratory design that includes, but is not limited to, conducting design charrettes, development of the prototype laboratory design concept, providing guidance on laboratory design best practices, reviewing standard operating procedures, reviewing design drawings, and setting performance requirements.

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Christopher Aston, Columbia University, NYC, New York, United States
Poster: EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A UNIVERSITY-WIDE OUTREACH PROGRAM TO PROMOTE SAFE TISSUE CULTURE PRACTICES »

From an early age, Christopher Aston was interested in diseases and the germs that cause them. He received his Bachelor’s degree in immunology from the University of Wales and his PhD from the University of Oxford in molecular and cellular biology during which time he spent two years as an exchange student at the Rockefeller University. Prior to becoming a safety professional, he was a Principal Investigator at NYU Medical Center, then NYU Department of Chemistry. He led a transcriptional profiling team at Wyeth Research in Princeton, and was a lab chief at the New York City Department of Health’s Biothreat Response Laboratory. He has held biosafety positions at Weill Cornell Medical Center and currently at Columbia University where he manages the Biological Safety Program. At this point he is running out of New York City universities to work at.

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Lela Bakanidze, Georgian Biosafety Association, Tbilisi, Georgia
Poster: THE ROLE OF BIOSAFETY ASSOCIATIONS IN RAISING AWARENESS ON BIOSAFETY/BIOSECURITY »

Lela Bakanidze, Professor, Ph.D., RBP, is advisor on Nonproliferation and Environmental Issues at the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC). She had defended her Ph.D. thesis on morphology and morphogenesis of toga- and retroviruses in mixed infections at the Institute of Poliomyelitis and Viral Encephalitis in Moscow, Russia. For more than 30 years Lela Bakanidze works at NCDC (former Anti – Plague Station). During this period she was the Head of the Department of Biosafety and Threat reduction, Deputy Head of the Department of Especially Dangerous Infections the Head of Department of Bioterrorism Threat Reduction. She had dealt with problems of EDI, food borne infections, resistant microorganisms, etc. During 10 years Dr. Bakanidze was the Head of NCDC Bioethics Committee. Simultaneously with working at NCDC Lela Bakanidze delivered lectures at the International Black Sea University and Caucasian School of Business. Prof. Bakanidze is Full Professor at Agricultural University of Georgia, besides, she is Special Advisor of NCDC on Biosecurity. Prof. Bakanidze is Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) by American Biosafety Association (ABSA), International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) Certified Professional in Biorisk Management – since February 2015, she is Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA), she is IFBA Biosafety Hero for 2013. Lela Bakanidze is the author of three monographs and more than 80 scientific papers.

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Aline A. Baldo, Scientific Institute of Public Health (WIV-ISP), Brussels, Belgium
Scientific Program: IMPROVEMENT OF MICRO-ORGANISMS CLASSIFICATION METHODOLOGY INTO RISK GROUPS »
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 9:40 AM – 10:00 AM

Academic Education and Degrees
PhD, Doctor in Veterinary Medicine, University of Liège (ULg, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) Belgium. During the course of PhD: study of the implication of a serine protease in the adherence of Microsporum canis (dermatophyte, fungus) to feline epidermis. Post-doctoral fellow-ship (2010-2011): development of a rapid diagnostic test for M. canis dermatophytosis.

Present Professional Position
Since 2012, scientific expert for the division of Biosafety and Biotechnology at the Scientific Institute of Public Health. Working within the framework of Directive 2009/41/EC (contained use of genetically modified microorganisms).

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Charlie Bean, Environmental Health & Engineering, Needham, Massachusetts, United States
Scientific Program: COMMISSIONING A CRITICAL STRATEGY FOR RISK MANAGEMENT IN THE BSL-3 ENVIRONMENT »
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 11:10 AM – 11:30 AM

Charlie Bean, Senior Engineer/Associate Director of Commissioning Services at EH&E, is a Certified Building Commissioning Professional and has over 18 years’ experience in HVAC and general MEP system commissioning. Charlie has extensive knowledge of building systems and their interaction with building control systems and is known for his trouble shooting capabilities of complex mechanical systems. He has been involved in over 200 building commissioning projects including specialty use areas such as BSL-3 facilities, vivarium, and research and clinical settings.

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LouAnn C. Burnett, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Scientific Program: STRATEGY AND SUCCESSES: THE GLOBAL BIORISK MANAGEMENT CURRICULUM »
Monday, October 3, 2016, 9:50 AM – 10:10 AM
Poster: NEW OPTIONS FOR MEASURING BIORISK MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE »

LouAnn Burnett is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff in the International Biological Threat Reduction Program at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico USA where her work focuses on developing and implementing strategic and sustainable biorisk management training on a global basis. For eleven years, LouAnn was Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where she managed the Biosafety & Animal Care Safety Program and served as the Responsible Official for Select Agent research. Before moving to Vanderbilt, she spent six years as head of Biological Safety at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. LouAnn holds a B.S. Biology from New Mexico Tech and a M.S. Biology from the University of Illinois. LouAnn is a Past-President of ABSA. In 2003, LouAnn received the ABSA’s Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential award, awarded for outstanding contributions to ABSA by promoting the field of biosafety. LouAnn has served as a member of the NRCM Biosafety Exam Development Committee, the National Academies’ Committee on a New Government-University Partnership for Science and Security, and the Policy, Ethics, and Law panel of the Southeast Regional Centers of Excellence for Emerging Diseases and Biodefense. She has served as an ad hoc reviewer for the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee and has authored papers on biosafety, biosecurity, and biosafety program management. In 2012, LouAnn was honored as an “Outstanding Woman at Sandia National Laboratories” for her contributions to the nation, the community, or to Sandia National Laboratories.

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Ryan N. Burnette, AT-RISK International, LLC, Chantilly, Virginia, United States
Scientific Program: ADAPTING BIOSECURITY TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASE: APPLICATIONS FOR GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY »
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 10:00 AM – 10:20 AM

Dr. Burnette leads AT-RISK Biosecurity, a division of AT-RISK International, LLC as the Director of International Biosecurity and Biosafety Programs. Dr. Burnette has consulted on biocontainment, biosafety and biosecurity programs in the U.S. and around the world for nearly ten years. He has built relationships with clients and stakeholders in academia, industry and governments, providing counsel on biorisk management, building safety and security programs, and consulting on the design of laboratories. To date, Dr. Burnette has worked extensively in Southeast Asia, Africa, India and the Caribbean on biosafety/biosecurity and laboratory capacity building, in conjunction with U.S. Department of State, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, as well as many foreign ministries. As a consulting scientist and project manager, he has worked with over one-hundred universities, biopharmaceutical companies and research institutes to collaboratively build biosafety and biosecurity programs. Dr. Burnette currently oversees a major threat reduction initiative, conducting assessments of biosafety and biosecurity capacity in developing countries around the world. He regularly lectures on biotechnology issues to a variety of audiences. He has held positions at both Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Virginia Tech. Dr. Burnette has recently published one of the current authoritative volumes in biosecurity, entitled Biosecurity: Understanding, Assessing and Preventing the Threat, through John Wiley & Sons, Inc. publishers. He has previously published on a wide range of scientific and biomedical topics, including plant molecular biology, endocrinology, infectious disease, biosafety and biosecurity.

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Donald R. Callihan, At-Risk International, LLC, Chantilly, Virginia, United States
Scientific Program: SAFETY CULTURE IN LIFE SCIENCES LABORATORIES: TIME FOR ACTION »
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 8:20 AM – 8:40 AM

Dr. Callihan is currently Biosecurity and Biosafety Program Analyst for AT-RISK International, LLC, a private security and investigations firm. He supports international biological threat reduction activities and laboratory capacity building programs. He has been a clinical microbiologist and biological safety officer/adviser for more than 30 years. He serves as chair of the ABSA Alliances Committee.

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Stephen Case, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Poster: A MODEL FOR A BIOSAFETY AND LABORATORY ANIMAL RESEARCH OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAM FOR INSTITUTIONS WITH LIMITED RESOURCES »

MSPH degree in Infectious disease Epidemiology, 15 years in Tropical Medicine vaccine development, 5 years in Laboratory Animals Services as a LATG and last 10 years as a Biosafety Specialist for the UH Office of Research Compliance.

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Eugene Cole, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Manhattan, Kansas, United States
Scientific Program: WITHSTANDING HIGH WIND IMPACTS ON BIOCONTAINMENT FACILITIES »
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM

Mr. Eugene Cole joined the Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in March 2006 to support the initial planning effort for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) project. Mr. Cole currently serves as the NBAF Program Technical Director and possesses an extensive knowledge of the design, construction, and operational aspects of biocontainment facilities. He has over 30 years of experience in design, construction administration, and commissioning of technically complex laboratory projects, working in the government and private sector.
Mr. Cole is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, College of Architecture with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Mr. Cole’s most recent position before joining DHS was with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as the Program Manager Team Lead of the Capital Improvements Management Office.

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Mark A. Czarneski, ClorDiSys Solutions, Inc., Lebanon, New Jersey, United States
Poster: NO NEUTRALIZATION NEEDED: CHLORINE DIOXIDE GAS DECONTAMINATION OF BIOLOGICAL INDICATORS WITH PAPER SUBSTRATES. »

Mark is the Director of Technology at ClorDiSys Solutions, Inc. He has earned a Master’s degree in Engineering Management (1991) and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology (1990) from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has been working in the pharmaceutical industry for over 15 years. He has been with ClorDiSys Solutions, Inc. since 2001 as Director of Technology directing the design, commercialization and manufacturing of various decontaminating and sterilization equipment for the pharmaceutical, life science, and food industry. Prior to ClorDiSys Solutions, Inc., Mark worked for Johnson and Johnson providing engineering design and installation support for sterilization and decontamination equipment. He has additional experience in the design and building of industrial equipment for various industries. He has numerous publications and presentations in the decontamination field and has been awarded the Richard C. Knudsen Publication Award by the American Biological Safety Association.

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Nicolas Dunaway, At-Risk International, Chantilly, Virginia, United States
Poster: ADDRESSING BIOSECURITY RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH GENE MODIFYING & ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES TO MITIGATE REACTIONARY RESPONSES FROM THE PUBLIC AND GOVERNMENT »

Nicolas Dunaway is considered one of the nation’s authorities on biosecurity and cybersecurity, with experience and expertise stemming both from his laboratory experience, and his experience in law enforcement & investigations. Mr. Dunaway is a former Special Agent with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he served as one of the primary agents in the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) command. He has conducted multiple briefings on security and biosecurity to FBI leadership, and led many high-profile biosecurity investigations. He has led several biological and chemical WMD investigations that all resulted in the successful capture of individuals intent on using such material to harm others as well as uncovering the methods utilized to traffic such materials. Mr. Dunaway’s unique experience in this regard makes him intimately familiar with the methods and mindsets of groups and individuals that would use biological materials to do harm. In addition to his biosecurity experience, he brings a wealth of cyber security knowledge as well. This cyber experience was critical in his successful investigations in the FBI as computer networks and IT systems permeate every facet of the world today including those associated with biosecurity. In his role as one of the leading biosecurity experts in the FBI, Mr. Dunaway was involved in crafting FBI plans and policy for biosecurity at the highest level of FBI executive management including with the Director of the FBI. This experience makes Mr. Dunaway one of the most uniquely qualified individuals to speak to biosecurity plans and policy efficacy. In addition to being a skilled biosecurity investigator and consultant, Mr. Dunaway brings a wealth of biological knowledge as well, having conducted research at the esteem University of California at Davis.

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Joby Evans, Merrick & Company, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Scientific Program: WHY DO BIO-CONTAINMENT FACILITIES FAIL »
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 10:10 AM – 10:30 AM

Mr. Evans has over 30 years in facilities commissioning, support, design, engineering, energy, management, and processes for consulting engineering firms, performance contracting group, natural gas distributor, and an international architect/developer. Mr. Evans is proficient in commissioning high-containment facilities, analyzing the interaction between designs and energy consumption in commercial and industrial facilities and has extensive experience in building commissioning and system design and coordination. He has performed re-commissioning and retro-commissioning on many non-containment facilities including headquarters facilities, hangers, office buildings, etc. He is proficient in developing and delivering technical and training presentations. Registered Professional Engineer, Licensed Mechanical Contractor, Certified Commissioning Authority, Certified Building Commissioning Professional, Certified Green Building Engineer, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional, and Certified Energy Manager.

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Robert Foreman, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Poster: A TWO COMPONENT APPROACH TO BIOLOGICAL HAZARD SHIPPING TRAINING »

Rob Foreman is the Associate Biosafety Officer at Northwestern University. In addition to laboratory biosafety practices, policies, and procedures, Rob’s roles include acting as a voting member of the IBC, IRB, and IACUC, conducting lab inspections for Research Safety and IACUC. Rob also acts as the ARO for the Select Agent Program, maintaining BSL-3 labs, and is the Institutional Contact for Dual Use Research of Concern.

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Delemarre Frans, Janssen Vaccines, Leiden, Netherlands
Scientific Program: CONTAINMENT OF POLIOVIRUSES: MOVING BARRIERS »
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM

The author was trained as a scientist/medical biologist and has a PhD in Immunology. After a career at several universities he moved in 2000 to the Dutch vaccine company Crucell and became a biosafety officer in 2005 with experience up to biosafety level-3. In 2011, Crucell was obtained by Johnson & Johnson, and named Janssen Vaccines. Currently, the author has the responsibility for all sites of the Dutch Campus of J&J companies and is the lead of the Global Biosafety Council of J&J worldwide.

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Daniel Frasier, Cornerstone Commissioning, Inc., Boxford, Massachusetts, United States
Scientific Program: USING STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES TO BRIDGE FACILITY GAPS »
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 8:40 AM – 9:00 AM

Dan Frasier is a Principal and the Director of Commissioning Services at Cornerstone Commissioning in Boxford, Massachusetts. He is a registered professional engineer and a Certified Commissioning Professional. Dan grew up in a mechanical company that his great grandfather established in 1918. He has worked in the HVAC field for over 35 years in the areas of system installation, design, service and commissioning. Dan’s background in the lab animal industry started in the late 1990s when he researched HVAC issues in the industry and wrote the first three editions of the Phoenix Controls Vivarium Sourcebook. Dan received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota and is enrolled in a Business Program at University of Oxford. He founded Cornerstone in 2001 to focus on vivarium and biocontainment facility commissioning. His firm has commissioned over 400 projects since then, half of which have vivarium spaces.

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Lolly R. Gardiner, MRIGlobal, Rockville, Maryland, United States
Poster: FROM KAZAKHSTAN TO GRAM STAINS: INTRODUCING BIOLOGICAL SAFETY TO THE NEXT GENERATION »

Mrs. Gardiner serves as the biosafety and biosecurity lead to the Global Health Security section at MRIGlobal. Acting biosafety lead for preparing safe processes, practices, and SOPs for diagnostic activities to MRIGlobal’s Ebola Response Mobile Laboratory project in Sierra Leone. Responsible for planning, guiding, organizing and leading BS&S projects, tasks and personnel under the Biological Threat Reduction Integrating Contract (BTRIC) in Kazakhstan. Spearheaded the development and execution of the Biological Safety Officer (BSO) training and mentorship program in Kazakhstan for 13 host nation scientists, to increase awareness of international biological safety standards and promote sustainable biological safety programs.
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Leslie Gartner, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Poster: ISOLATION WARD FOR HIGHLY INFECTIOUS PATIENTS »

Leslie Gartner, AIA, MRAIC, RIBA, Senior Vice President – Science +Technology Design, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, has more than 31 years of experience of containment design with WSP (formerly Smith Carter). He has been in a leadership role with the firm’s office in Atlanta since opening in 2000, building on his expertise in high-containment research laboratory design, which involves developing strategic security concepts, project management, design and planning to establish an office focused on Science + Technology Design and Containment design. Through WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s strategic alliances, Les has been involved in the design of a number of highly complex containment laboratory facilities with BSL-4, BSL-3Ag, and BSL-3 containment functions, including the CDC’s Building 18, the NIEDL at Boston University Medical Center, the Canadian Science Center, the NIAID BSL,4 Integrated Research Facilities at Rocky Mountain Laboratories and at Ft. Detrick, UGA’s BSL-3Ag Animal Health Research Center and the new replacement facility for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Defense Research at Ft. Detrick, Maryland. He currently is leading the design team for the new Biological Resources Facility at The Pirbright Institute in the UK. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Institute of Architects of Canada and many associations including the American Biological Safety Association.

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Shane D. Gillooly, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Scientific Program: GIVE THEM THE CARROT! USING STRATEGIC PROGRAM IMPROVEMENTS TO INCREASE RESEARCHER ENGAGEMENT »
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 2:50 PM – 3:10 PM

Graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009 with a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering. Began career in 2011 at Georgia Tech as the Assistant Biosafety Officer. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Biology at Georgia State, with a focus in Applied Environmental Microbiology.

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Kathryn Louise Harris, NIH OBA, Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Scientific Program: UPDATES FROM NIH »
Monday, October 3, 2016, 10:10 AM – 10:30 AM

Dr. Kathryn Harris is the Senior Outreach and Education Specialist (contractor) in the Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Kathryn joined NIH in 2004. In her current role she develops national and regional programs of stakeholder relations, education, and outreach strategies relevant to the oversight of recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecule research and research that has dual use potential. In addition, she advises on biosafety and biosecurity policy issues. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University and completed two years of postdoctoral training at Washington University in St Louis. Prior to joining NIH she was the Biological Safety Officer at Northwestern University. She is a registered biosafety professional was a founding member and first president of the Midwest Area Biosafety Network (MABioN).

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Kara F. Held, Baker, Sanford, Maine, United States
Scientific Program: VOLATILE CHEMICALS AND CLASS II TYPE A2 “RECIRCULATED” BSCS: HOW MUCH IS SAFE? »
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 2:40 PM – 3:00 PM

Kara Held, Ph.D. brings an extensive knowledge of cell biology and pharmacology to The Baker Company. Prior to her coming on board, she was a Lab Manager, Safety Officer, and Researcher at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute studying SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) using iPS cell-derived motor neurons. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Vermont Cell and Molecular Biology Program, Department of Pharmacology with Dr. Wolfgang Dostmann working on secondary messenger signaling in primary vascular smooth muscle cells. Then she completed her postdoctoral training at Yale University in the Vascular Biology and Therapeutics program under Dr. William Sessa studying miRNA control of blood vessel contraction. Her recent experience in academic research brings a unique perspective, familiarity and hands-on knowledge base with laboratory science.

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Thomas Hinrichs, Berner International GmbH, Elmshorn, Germany
Scientific Program: BIOSAFETY CABINETRY: INFLUENCE OF PERSONNEL ACTIVITIES »
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 2:20 PM – 2:40 PM

Thomas Hinrichs is the managing partner of Berner International in Elmshorn, near Hamburg in Germany; a company specializing in safety systems for pharmaceutical and biotechnological applications with its own research laboratory. He graduated in 1995 as an engineer at the Technical College Hamburg, Germany, with a degree (Dipl. Ing.) in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis on Medical Technology. After receiving his education Thomas Hinrichs worked for five years as a technical expert for the TÜV in Hamburg, Germany on matters of biotechnological safety. In 2000, he became Head of Product Management at Berner International, where he focused on research and development projects bringing into life the companies’ own research facility, as well as dealing with product management and public relations. From 2008-2009 Thomas Hinrichs led the national and international Marketing and Sales Department at Berner and finally became a Managing Partner in 2011. Thomas Hinrichs is an active member of various important standards committees and professional organizations working on and contributing to improve the safety and efficiency of laboratory equipment. His main research interests have been centered around the effects of airflow perturbation on the safety of laboratory personnel working with biosafety cabinets.

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Edna E. Hounsa, Ecole Polytechnique d’Abomey-Calavi, Laboratoire de Recherche de Biologie Appliqué, Abomey-Calavi, Benin
Poster: BACTERIOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION OF THE INFECTIOUS RISKS IN A SEMI-PUBLIC BIO MEDICAL LABORATORY IN BENIN (WEST AFRICA) »

Edna Hounsa is a biotechnologist and have the passion of research in the field of biology.she intends to enroll in research’s master in the field of microbiology.

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Lena Ninidze, National Food Agency, Tbilisi, Georgia
Poster: BIOSAFETY IN THE FIELD DURING STUDIES OF ANIMAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES »

Lena Ninidze, DVM. Since 2016 I have been working at the National Food Agency of Georgia as a Senior Specialist of Division of Extremely Dangerous Contagious Diseases of Animal Origin, Veterinary Department. I have successfully completed two-year training course “Field Epidemiology and Laboratory.” Currently, I am a biosecurity expert, involved in the planning and supervision of state medical, prophylactic and eradication measures directed against contagious diseases of animal origin as well as working as a coordinator for rabies disease. As inferred from my work experience concerning identification of diseases in field as well as monitoring and research of diseases, I have frequent and close contact with various infectious diseases and threats (e.g., anthrax, brucellosis, rabies, fever, etc.).

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Margaret Juergensmeyer, Institute for Food Safety and Health, Bedford Park, Illinois, United States
Scientific Program: CPR, AED, AND BSL-3 »
Monday, October 3, 2016, 2:10 PM – 2:30 PM

Dr. Juergensmeyer has worked for the Institute of Food Safety and Health just outside Chicago, IL, as a biosafety professional for 8 years. She is in charge of their BSL-3 facility and Select Agent program. She is a Registered Biosafety Professional, and got her Ph.D. from Kansas State University. She has been a member of ABSA for over 10 years.

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Daniel Kümin, IVI, Mittelhäusern, Switzerland
Scientific Program: GET THE KETTLE GOING – WHY CHECKING YOUR STEAM STERILIZATION PROCEDURES FOR LIQUIDS IS SO IMPORTANT
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM »

Academic Education and Degrees: 1999 M.Sc. in Biotechnology and Molecular and Cellular Biology from Ecole Supérieure de Biotechnologie de Strasbourg, 2003 PhD in Molecular Biology from Humboldt University of Berlin

Present Professional Position: Biosafety & Engineering

Special Remarks: 2008 – 2014 Head of Biosafety at SPIEZ LABORATORY, Committee member of the Swiss Biosafety Network (SBNet), Lecturer for the Swiss Biosafety Curriculum (BSL-3 course).

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Chris N. Mangal, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
Poster: ADVANCING BIOSAFETY AND BIOSECURITY IN OUR NATION’S LABORATORIES »

Chris N. Mangal, MPH: Ms. Mangal is the Director of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), where she is responsible for providing programmatic and scientific leadership for preparedness activities for the benefit of state and local public health laboratories, staff and partner organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ms. Mangal has over twelve years of experience working to improve laboratory practice, biosafety and policy for the detection of public health threats, and to expand and enhance the relationships among state and local public health laboratories, CDC, Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies, and private organizations involved in emergency preparedness and response. Ms. Mangal received her Master of Public Health Degree, specializing in Tropical Public Health and Communicable Diseases, from the University of South Florida. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida.

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Vincent Manna, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, New Jersey, United States
Poster: INACTIVATION OF BACTERIAL PATHOGENS USING A UVC EMITTING DEVICE FOR WHOLE ROOM SANITIZATION »

Vincent performed his undergraduate work at Stockton University in New Jersey where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. Vincent worked for 8 years as a veterinary technician in a veterinary hospital primarily assisting with surgical procedures and caring for animals housed in isolation due to infectious disease status. Vincent joined the Cell and Molecular Biology Ph.D. program at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in the Fall of 2014 and is currently pursuing his degree.

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Betsy Matos, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States
Scientific Program: NOT A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, BUT STILL A BSL-3 EMERGENCY DRILL »
Monday, October 3, 2016, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM

Betsy Matos has served as the Iowa State University Biosafety Officer since September 2006. She has diverse roles including Laboratory Safety Program and Biosafety Program Manager. She also serves as the Responsible Official for the Select Agent and Toxins program at ISU. She has the honor to work with three Laboratory Safety and three Biosafety Specialists on a daily basis with the mission to prevent illness and injury, protect the environment and connect the university to the message of safety and preparedness. Additionally, she serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. At her current appointment she has an awesome clientele of more than 36,000 and receives challenges on a daily basis. Betsy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Crop Protection from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. In 1999, she decided to change her scenery and move to Ames, IA. She completed a Master of Science degree in Entomology in 2001, and in 2005 she received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Entomology and Horticulture from Iowa State University.

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Jessica M. McCormick-Ell, Rutgers, Newark, New Jersey, United States
Scientific Program: IMPLEMENTATION OF BIOSAFETY GUIDELINES FOR UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING LABORATORIES »
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 4:00 PM – 4:20 PM

Jessica McCormick-Ell obtained her BA in Microbiology from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2000 and her PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Rutgers University in 2010. She is the University Biosafety Officer and Responsible Official for Rutgers University. In 2010, she earned her Registered Biosafety Professional credential and in 2015 earned the specialist microbiologist credential from ASM and the certified biosafety professional credential from ABSA. In addition to serving as a biological safety professional, Jessica teaches undergraduate courses in microbiology and biodefense at Montclair State University and lectures periodically at Rutgers University for the Graduate level Responsible Conduct of Research course.

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Esmeralda L. Meyer, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Scientific Program: EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES IN ACADEMIC RESEARCH: BIOSAFETY LESSONS LEARNED FROM WORK WITH ZIKA VIRUS »
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM

Esmeralda Meyer has 15 years of experience studying malaria infection in non-human primates and rodent models. She transitioned to the Environmental Health and Safety Office within Emory University as the Associate Biosafety Officer in 2014. Her areas of expertise include work with emerging infectious agents, use of PPE, and recombinant DNA technologies.

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Dennis Nolan, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, United States
Poster: GREEN LABORATORIES »

Dennis Nolan is the Assistant Director and Biosafety Officer at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Luis Alberto Ochoa, National Reference Laboratory, InDRE, Mexico, Mexico
Poster: MEXICO´S BIOSAFETY AND BIOSECURITY PLAN AGAINST A POSSIBLE EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE NATIONAL EMERGENCY »

 

EDUCATION: Master´s Degree (2012-2014) Public Health Management focused in Biological Risk Management

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: (March 2013 to date) Institute for Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE) Ministry of Health, Mexico. Other institutions: National Medical Center “La Raza” Central Epidemiology Laboratory, Mexican Institute for Social Security; National Institute for Pediatrics, Virology Laboratory; General Hospital, Dr. Manuel Gea González, Dept. of Ecology of Pathogen Agents

SPECIAL TRAINING: June 2015, Transport of Infectious Substances. Training course for shippers based on applicable international shipping regulations. World Health Organization (WHO). Mexico City, Biological and Radiological Workshop. National Security Agency (ESISEN), Biosurveillance Challenges in the Americas. U.S. Department of Defense United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), Defense threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and William J Perry Center for hemispheric Defense Studies”, BSL-3 Training Program and Incident Management. Institute for Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference, InDRE. Mexico City

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Paul Russell, DSTL Porton Down, Salisbury, United Kingdom
Scientific Program: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? THE ROLE OF A MEDICAL OFFICER INTEGRATED INTO LABORATORY SAFETY PROCEDURES »
Monday, October 3, 2016, 3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

Dr. Russell worked as research microbiologist at DSTL Porton Down for 10 years, conducting research into vaccines and antibiotic therapies against a variety of high-containment pathogens including Yersinia pestis and Burkholderia mallei. He was also the laboratory manager of a BSL-3 facility compromising of 6 laboratories. In 2001, Dr. Russell left DSTL to study for a medical degree at St George’s, University of London. He qualified in 2005, and entered specialty training in medical microbiology and virology in 2007. He is now splits his time as a hospital consultant in medical microbiology and virology within the National Health Service and at DSTL as the microbiological health officer in, having returned in 2013.

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Mohamed A. Saad, CLEVB, Cairo, Egypt
Poster: DEVELOPMENT OF A BIORISK MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND TRAINING IN THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTER, EGYPT »

Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Saad is the Biosafety Officer of the Central Laboratory for Evaluation of Veterinary Biologics in the Agricultural Research Center in Egypt. Dr. Saad received his PhD in virology from Cairo University in 2002. Dr. Saad has served as the biosafety officer since 2015.

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Susanne M. Savely, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States
Poster: HOW TO RENEW YOUR RBP CREDENTIAL ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET »

Dr. Susanne Savely’s safety career spans twenty-one years of service in the Texas Medical Center (TMC) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Baylor College of Medicine, where she is currently employed as the Radiation Safety Officer, Laser Safety Officer and Manager of the Radiation Safety/Safety Compliance & Training Program in Environmental Safety. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Texas A&M University in 1985, followed by two degrees from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s School of Public Health: an M.S. in 1999 and a DrPH in 2005. Dr. Savely oversees the radiation safety program, institution-wide lab survey program (including the biosafety level classification of over 3000 lab spaces), and the safety training program. She is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, a Registered Biological Safety Professional, and serves as an Alternate Responsible Official at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Savely serves on the Institutional Biosafety Committee, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Environmental Safety Committee, the Radiation Safety Committee, and is a member of the Texas Children’s Hospital Environmental Safety Council. Dr. Savely is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Radiology at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Meghan Seltzer, HHMI, Aldie, Virginia, United States
Poster: ENGAGEMENT IN REGULATORY AND LEGISLATIVE PROCESSES: AN UPDATE FROM THE REGULATORY AND TECHNICAL AFFAIRS TEAM »

Meghan Seltzer is currently the co-chair of the Legislative Committee for ABSA and a member of the Public Relations Committee and the Scientific Program Committee. She is the biosafety officer at HHMI Janelia Research Campus and an NBBTP graduate. Meghan received her BS from Penn State in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

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Katherine Schneider, National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, Ft. Detrick, Maryland, United States
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 10:50 AM – 11:10 AM

Dr. Kathy Schneider has worked at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center for 8 years and is an expert in detection of biothreat agents. She lives in Maryland with her husband Dr. Bill Schneider and enjoys travel and snorkeling.

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Henriette Schubert, NNE Pharmaplan A/S, Gentofte, Denmark
Scientific Program: FACILITY FOR LARGE-SCALE BSL-2/GMO2 AND MULTIPRODUCT GMP PRODUCTION. CHOICES AND DESIGN DRIVERS »
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 4:20 PM – 4:40 PM

Henriette Schubert is Global Technology Partner at NNE Pharmaplan in Denmark, employed since 1997. With HQ in Denmark, NNE Pharmaplan is an Engineering company in the complex field of pharma and biotech and has offices around the world. Working as a Global Technology Partner with consultancy within the biotech, life science, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry, Henriette focuses on consulting assignments related to front end studies and facility design. At NNE Pharmaplan, Henriette is heading Laboratory and Biocontainment Engineering standards, development, and sets direction in projects globally. Qualified as an Architect (Cand. Arch/Architect MAA) in 1992 from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Henriette has spent most of her professional career within Pharmaceutical, Biopharmaceutical and Biocontainment consulting. The main consultancy types for this experience is GMP plant facilities, Vaccine Facilities, laboratories and animal research facilities. Member of EBSA, ABSA, Nordic Biosafety Group and the IVBWG (International Veterinary Work Group). Henriette is a regular Speaker at conferences and symposiums at ISPE, PDA and ABSA. Karin Hedebo Wassard is a Senior Process Consultant at NNE Pharmaplan in Denmark. Karin works as consultant and on project assignments within the biotech, life science, pharmaceutical, and biopharmaceutical industry. Her work focuses on process engineering services and related facility design in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry. Qualified as a Chemical Engineer (M.Sc.) in 1995 followed by a Ph.D. in 1998 from the Technical University of Denmark, Karin began her career as a chemical engineer in Danish Energy production sector, followed by process optimization work in the pigment industry. However, in 2001 Karin found her way to the life sciences area where she has worked ever since – as a consultant (2001-2004 & 2009 – present) but also, for almost 5 years, heading the start-up of a vaccine production facility in Denmark designed for BSL-2.

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Heather Sheeley, Public Health England, Salisbury, United Kingdom
Scientific Program: USING AN INTEGRATED GOVERNANCE DATABASE REPORTING SYSTEM FOR LABORATORY AND OTHER INCIDENTS AT PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND »
Monday, October 3, 2016, 4:10 PM – 4:30 PM

Heather Sheeley is the Biosafety Program Lead for the Public Heath England. She is an elected fellow of the Institute of Safety in Technology and Research, hold degrees in Occupation Health and Safety and in Applied Biology. With over thirty years of laboratory safety experience in high hazard environments has noted expertise in biological risk management. She is an expert advisor to European agencies, UK Government Departments and other international bodies including WHO. She has been involved in over 50 laboratory and animal house design teams and commissioning teams around the world. An acknowledged trainer and presenter she has authored and presented over 100 biosafety topic papers, and posters, at national and international conferences and seminars together with chapters in seminal text books. She has investigated a number of laboratory incidents and gained a useful insight into the causes and human factors. Active in the global biosafety and biosecurity community with projects in UK, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Caucuses, Pakistan, and Baltic. Stephen Bloomfield is the System Manager of TrackWiseTM for Public Health England and has been working with the system for the best part of a decade. In that time he has developed IT solutions to accommodate a range of business process including adverse incident management, complaints handling, contracts and supplier issues and created an electronic information asset register. He is familiar with the challenges, both technical and cultural, in embedding systems in large organizations and has also worked with the British Council on improving processes. In 2010, he developed, with senior Business Development managers, an IT solution in TrackWiseTM to assist in the recording, management and tracking of business proposals from initial idea, through to costing, negotiation and contract award with the ability to generate meeting agendas, progress reports and key financial data for teams across PHE.

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Jackie Steward, Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury, United Kingdom
Poster: ASSESSMENT OF THE MICROBIOLOGICAL CONTAMINATION ON ISOLATOR SUITS »

I am a Senior Scientist at Dstl Porton Down, UK. I have been working at Dstl for 22 years in high-containment, 10 years of this working at BSL-4.

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Molly S. Stitt-Fischer, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Scientific Program: STRATEGIES FOR IMPLEMENTING A COMPREHENSIVE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAM »
Monday, October 3, 2016, 3:50 PM – 4:10 PM

Molly Stitt-Fischer received her Ph.D. from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh in April 2008. She also earned an M.S. in molecular toxicology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (February 2002) and a bachelor of science in molecular biology from Allegheny College (May 1999). She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program in 2010, and is a member of the charter class of Certified in Public Health examinees. Dr. Stitt-Fischer joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Environmental Health and Safety as the University Biosafety Officer in December of 2010, and is a Certified Biological Safety Professional.

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Nicholas A. Tripoulas, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Poster: METHODS OF ASSURING CONGRUENCE BETWEEN THE IBC AND THE IRB OR IACUC »

Nicholas A. Tripoulas PhD
BA Chemistry Case Western Reserve University 1979
PhD Biochemistry Case Western Reserve University 1986
Postdoctoral and Research Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University and Cleveland Clinic
Biosafety Officer Cleveland Clinic since 2007

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Fitz Trumble, URS Professional Solutions (an AECOM Company), Aiken, South Carolina, United States
Scientific Program: SAFETY CULTURE IN LIFE SCIENCES LABORATORIES: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS »
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 9:20 AM – 9:40 AM

Mr. Trumble has spent 30 years supporting applied safety analysis in the nuclear industry and serves as both a technical Subject Matter Expert and an organizational change agent across multiple industries.

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Dinara Turegeldiyeva, Kazakh Science Center for Quarantine and Zoonotic Diseases, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Poster: BIOSAFETY DURING WORK WITH INFECTED ANIMALS AT KAZAKH SCIENCE CENTER FOR QUARANTINE AND ZOONOTIC DISEASES »

Dr. Dinara Turegeldiyeva is a Chief of the Laboratory of Experimental Models in Kazakh Science Center for Quarantine and Zoonotic Diseases (KSCQZD), Almaty, Kazakhstan. She more than 10 years worked in the Training department of KSCQZD, where trained specialists to safe work with dangerous pathogens. Since 2009 she is in charge of the Laboratory of Experimental Models which provides and monitors compliance with biosafety regulations when handling laboratory animals.

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Alaina Whitton, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Poster: NO MORE DROSOPHILA IN YOUR SUITCASE: CREATING GUIDANCE FOR USDA PERMIT HOLDERS ON CAMPUS »

Ms. Alaina Whitton is an EHS Professional I in the Research Safety/Biosafety group in Emory University’s Environmental Health and Safety Office. As a member of this team, she is responsible for lab inspections and is the designated contact for USDA permitting questions.