Frequently Asked Questions

What type of research requires the Institutional Biosafety Committee approval?

  • Research at the University of Chicago involving the use of biohazardous materials, including recombinant DNA, agents infectious to humans, animals or plants, and other genetically altered organisms and agents

Who can be a Principal Investigator (PI) on an IBC protocol?

  • A principal investigator is a member of the academic staff or faculty who bears responsibility for the intellectual leadership of a project. The principal investigator accepts overall responsibility for directing the research; the financial oversight of the award's funding, as well as compliance with relevant University policies and sponsor terms and conditions of award. For more information see the University Research Administration's guideline. For more information, please refer to this policy.

Where can I find help with completing the protocol smartform in AURA?

Where is the IBC Office located?

  • 6030 S. Ellis
    Edelstone Building, Rm 190
    (773) 834-5850

What are biohazardous materials?

  • Please refer to here

How do I determine what Risk Group and/or Biosafety Level my research is?

What is the length of approval for biosafety protocols?

  • IBC Protocols are approved for three years. Changes in the protocol must be made through submitting an amendment.

What do I do if I change my research after my protocol is approved?

  • An amendment must be submitted for review by the IBC prior to any change in research being conducted. This includes change in staff. For directions on how to submit an amendment, please go to AURA-IBC Training.

Are there biohazardous training materials available to me?

  • Training sessions are offered as online modules or as a classroom-based session. Please refer to the Training page for more information.

What if I want to use biohazards in animals?

  • You will need to submit a new Animal Care and Use Protocol (ACUP) or amendment to an approved ACUP to iacuc@uchicago.edu. Details related to biohazard administration in animals must be congruent between the IBC protocol and ACUP. An IBC Administrator will work with you to achieve this goal. Review of the IBC protocol and ACUP will then be done simultaneously by the Institutional Biosafety Committee and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), respectively.
    • The ACUP and amendment form can be retrieved here