The National Institutes of Health requires an Institutional Biosafety Committee for any organization that receives federal funding to perform work with recombinant or synthetic nucleic molecules. The committee must approve all work with the following materials, and provide oversight to biosafety related research at Rutgers University. The Institutional Biosafety Committee reviews and approves all research at Rutgers University that falls into the following categories:

  • Recombinant and synthetic nucleic acids
  • Pathogenic Microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, etc. at BSL2 and higher)
  • Biological Toxins
  • Creation of a transgenic animal
  • Creation of a transgenic plant
  • Administration of rDNA to an animal or plant
  • Human Gene Therapy
  • Research with Human cells or human materials
  • Dual Use Research of Concern

The protocol form for the IBC is online at in the Biosafety Protocol Management System (BPMS).

For access to the BPMS, or for assistance with the IBC protocol form, please contact

Rutgers Guidelines for COVID-19 Research 

All researchers must receive IBC approval prior to beginning work with any COVID-19 related materials. The IBC has approved a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) laboratory safety guidance document, which defines relevant biosafety levels, containment requirements, inactivation information, and points of contact for working with COVID-19 related research materials. For any questions about IBC requirements for COVID-19 related research, please contact

Committee Roster

[Download PDF Roster]

Ronald Hart, Ph.D.,
Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Division of Life Sciences and Center for Collaborative Neuroscience
Chair, Central Standing Committee

Aimee Beaulieu, PhD
Assistant Professor & Chancellor Scholar 
Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics 
New Jersey Medical School 
Chair, North Standing Committee

The committee roster has been approved by the NIH Office of Science Policy and meets the requirements for the IBC composition as outlined in the NIH Guidelines.


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Meeting Dates and Minutes

The IBC meets as two standing committees on alternating months; one that reviews protocols for the northern Rutgers sites, and the other that reviews protocols for the central and southern sites. Protocols can be reviewed at either meeting. The dates and locations are listed below. Members can attend meetings at either location, and a conference call is usually arranged to facilitate such participation, or to allow for full committee discussion.

  • December 2, 2020
  • January 5, 2021
  • February 3, 2021
  • March 2, 2021
  • April 7, 2021
  • May 4, 2021
  • June 2, 2021
  • July 6, 2021
  • August 4, 2021
  • September 7, 2021
  • October 6, 2021
  • November 2, 2021
  • December 1, 2021

Meeting minutes are available upon request as required by the NIH Guidelines for Recombinant and Synthetic Nucleic Acids by emailing but will be redacted to protect security related information. Please contact with any questions!

Accessing Your IBC Approval Letters and Protocols

If you are a Rutgers PI and need a copy of your IBC approval letter for a grant application or award, you can find it in the File Cabinet section of your protocol. Log into the Biosafety Protocols database via MyREHS (, select 'View' to open your protocol, click the “File Cabinet” button, and look for the latest version under “System Files”. You can also find a printable PDF copy of your approved protocol in this same section (choose the latest version number).