Betsy Matos, PhD, RBP, CBSP
Dr. Betsy Matos has served as the Iowa State University Biosafety Officer since September 2006. She is the Biosafety Manager and Responsible Official and has the honor to work with three Biosafety Specialists. In addition to working in the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, she serves as a Lecturer in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Betsy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Crop Protection from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez. In 1999 she decided to change her scenery and move to Ames, IA to pursue a Master of Science degree in Entomology. In 2005 earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Entomology and Horticulture from Iowa State University. This past August she completed a Master in Public Health from Des Moines University. At her current appointment, she has an awesome clientele of more than 35,000 and receives challenges on a daily basis as the biosafety officer. Today, she is happy to share her experience with the 2014-2015 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak where federal expenditures totaled about $879 million.