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Office of Biosafety


The Office of Biosafety at Tulane University was created in 2006 under the Office of the Vice President for Research to support the Tulane research community.

With an increased focus on vaccine development and infectious disease studies at the School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and Tulane National Primate Research Center, as well as the expansion of the Cancer and Gene Therapy Centers, research with biological materials at Tulane is expanding rapidly.  The Office of Biosafety strives to support this important and innovative research by addressing challenges associated with it.  

We are focused on minimizing the health risk to those involved in research using biohazard materials including recombinant DNA, infectious agents, and biological toxins, and in turn to protect the greater Tulane community, the general public, and the environment.  In order to accomplish this goal we maintain an interactive partnership between the Office of Biosafety, the principal investigators, and the laboratory support staff.  In addition, the Office of Biosafety, in cooperation with the Institutional Biosafety Committee, is charged with oversight of regulatory compliance at the university with regard to the storage and use of hazardous biological materials. 

The Office of Biosafety fulfills its mission and promotes a safe and productive research environment at Tulane  by assuring compliance with regulatory requirements, by serving as a technical resource for both research labs  and the Institutional Biosafety Committee, by assisting principal investigators in registering their research with the Institutional Biosafety Committee, by developing safe research protocols, and by facilitating the acquisition of all required regulatory approvals and permits.

If you would like to know more about the Office of Biosafety or if you need assistance, please feel free to contact us.  We would be happy to help!