Baylor University Environmental Health and Safety- Biological Safety provides general surveillance over teaching and research which involve biohazardous agents as well as research that utilizes recombinant nucleic acid in cells including plants, arthropods, and animals.

Learn the steps to receive approval for research with biohazards at Baylor University. All research conducted by faculty, staff or students of Baylor University involving any of the agents/materials listed below, must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) prior to initiation:

  • Pathogens and potential pathogens of humans, animals, or plants;
  • Materials potentially containing human pathogens (including human blood, tissue, and cell lines; non-human primate blood, tissue, and cell lines);
  • Recombinant DNA (and RNA), including creation or use of transgenic plants and animals;
  • Select agents and toxins (see including strains and amounts exempted from the select agent regulations; or
  • Any material requiring a CDC import license or a USDA permit.

The Biosafety Program is responsible for providing training and support to faculty, staff and students in regulatory requirements associated with research reviewed by Baylor University’s IBC. Committee decisions and guidelines are regularly posted to the IBC website.