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MIP 540 - Biosafety in Research Laboratories

  • 2 credits
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Safety and security are an important part of conducting research as well as working with animals or humans who might be infected with a pathogenic organism. This course will provide an overview of the principles and practices of biological safety and biosecurity that professionals use to mitigate the risks of research. These principles and practices will be used as the foundation for discussing the appropriate questions to identify and assess the risks associated with the research and various work settings. 

Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Discuss the guidelines and regulations which impact the field of biosafety
  • Understand the criteria for risk groups and biosafety levels
  • Determine the risk group of an agent and biosafety level for experiments
  • Perform an agent and experimental risk assessment
  • Explain how the regulations and policies that impact the field of biosecurity
  • Discuss implementation of biosecurity practices
  • Understand the concept of dual use research of concern
  • Recognize the importance of proactive and responsible scientific communication


Dr. Rebecca Mortiz