Institutional Biosafety Committee
6030 S. Ellis Avenue
Edelstone 190
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: (773) 834-4765
Email: ibc@uchicago.edu
Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm


  • The University of Chicago Biosafety Manual can now be found on the IBC Website. Please see our Resources section for the document.


Laboratory research may involve the use of a wide range of substances, which can be considered hazardous to laboratory personnel, animals, plants or the environment. Such hazards include biohazardous materials, chemicals, and radioactive substances; use of such hazardous materials in the laboratory and/or clinic is regulated by oversight committees and/or administrative offices.

Defining Biohazardous Materials

For purposes of the IBC, biohazards are defined as potentially infectious agents, organisms or materials, biological toxins, organisms containing recombinant DNA and other genetically altered organisms and agents.  Using these materials in laboratory or clinical settings requires the prior review and approval of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, and may require the review of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee or the Institutional Review Board (Humans).


The IBC is charged with the responsibility for review, approval and surveillance of all research protocols 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.