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Biological Safety at Penn

Biosafety: working safely with pathogenic microorganisms and/or potentially infectious material. To acheive this, use:

• Proper laboratory practices and procedures

• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

• Safety equipment

• Containment and facility design

These elements must be in place to protect laboratory personnel, the environment and the public from biological hazards. It is the collective responsibility of all researchers to follow biosafety practices.

Safety Across the Globe


Biological Safety Policy (link to PDF)

Penn's Biosafety Officers:


Phone Number

Andrew Maksymowych

Associate Director for Biosafety Institutional Biosafety Officer


Sarah Capasso

Assistant Biosafety Officer


Marie-Luise Faber

Assistant Biosafety Officer


Colleen Kovacsics

Assistant Biosafety Officer














Components of the Penn Biosafety Program:

Who to contact and reference links:

Human Gene Transfer

Andrew Maksymowych

Dual Use Research of Concern
Andrew Maksymowych
r∙s∙DNA Registrations

Any Biosafety Officer. Forms & instructions. IBC Meeting Schedule.


Marie-Luise Faber. Important shipping information.

IACUC Review

Any Biosafety Officer. Microorganisms or hazardous materials in IACUC protocols.

Biosafety Cabinets

Colleen Kovacsics. Biosafety Cabinet Information.

Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

Any Biosafety Officer. BBP Exposure Control Plan.

Select Agent Registration

Andrew Maksymowych. Select Agents information.

Infectious Waste

Marie-Luise Faber. Disposal guidelines for each school.

Laboratory Audits

Any Biosafety Officer. Audit resources.

Biological Safety Manual Any Biosafety Officer. Biosafety Manual.

 Risk Assessment

Any Biosafety Officer.

Biosafety Training

Any Biosafety Officer. Training link.