The UQ Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) consists of:

  • the main committee, which meets 3 times a year
  • a subcommittee (IBSC), which meets approximately every 6 weeks.

The subcommittee assesses all proposals for dealing with genetically modified material, hazardous biological material or potentially infectious microorganisms.

Both committees are made up of:

  • experts from throughout UQ on the many areas of biological research undertaken by UQ staff and students
  • biological safety advisors to ensure compliance with legislative and UQ requirements
  • an independent member to ensure an unbiased approach.

If you work with biological material or in areas where work with biological material is being undertaken, you need to be aware of and abide by the relevant legislation, standards, procedures and guidelines that apply to you and the work you're performing. Read the Biosafety Policy [2.40.01] for more information.

Subcommittee

Applications for approval

The subcommittee assesses all applications for dealing with genetically modified material, hazardous biological material and potentially infectious microorganisms.

Chief investigators must obtain appropriate approvals from the subcommittee before starting work.

To apply for approvals, follow the procedures for:

You must finalise your application 3 weeks before the next IBSC meeting date to guarantee it will be considered at that meeting.

Late submissions may be accepted at the IBSC Chair's discretion if there are extenuating circumstances.

Meeting dates and submission deadlines

Meeting date Submission deadline
12 October 2021 17 September 2021
23 November 2021 29 October 2021
2022
1 February 2022 7 January 2022
15 March 2022 18 February 2022
26 April 2022 1 April 2022
7 June 2022 13 May 2022
19 July 2022 24 June 2022
30 August 2022 5 August 2022
11 October 2022 16 September 2022
22 November 2022 28 October 2022

Members

Name Speciality Organisational unit
Associate Professor Bryan Fry (chair) Evolution of venoms School of Biological Sciences
Dr Timothy Wells (deputy chair) Bacteria/ Lung Infections Translational Research Institute and Diamantina Institute
Ms Sophie O'Neill (Secretary) Biosafety Advisor Health, Safety and Wellness Division
Dr Amanda Jones (IBC Secretary) Lead Biosafety Advisor Health, Safety and Wellness Division
Dr Victor Anggono Neural biology Queensland Brain Institute 
Professor Sassan Asgari Insect host-pathogen interactions School of Biological Sciences
Dr Andrew Brooks Cytokine Receptor Signalling Translational Research Institute and Diamantina Institute
Professor Bernard Carroll Plant biology School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Dr Clair Bolton   Independent member
Associate Professor Rowland Cobbold Veterinary public health/ Bacteriology/ Pathology School of Veterinary Sciences
Professor Ben Hankamer Algae biotechnology Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Associate Professor Ulrike Kappler Metabolic pathways School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Associate Professor Katharina Ronacher Bacterial and Viral Respiratory Pathogens Mater Research Institute and Translational Research Institute
Professor Ernst Wolvetang Stem cell research Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
Dr Nick West Tuberculosis research School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Main committee

The UQ Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is required to ensure compliance with legislation, regulations and standards, including:

The UQ IBC also acts as liaison between UQ researchers and the:

  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Office of the Gene Technology Regulator.

Meeting dates

  • Wednesday 14 April 2021
  • Tuesday 8 July 2021
  • Wednesday 7 October 2021

Members

Name Position
Professor Ian Henderson (Chair) Director, Institute for Molecular Bioscience 
Mr Jim Carmichael (Deputy Chair) Director, Health, Safety and Wellness Division
Dr Amanda Jones (Secretary) Biosafety Advisor, Health, Safety and Wellness representative
Ms Sophie O'Neill (observer) Biosafety Advisor
Mr Kerrin Henderson (observer) Biosafety Advisor
Professor Joanne Meers Veterinary Virology, School of Veterinary Science
Professor Jimmy Botella Plant biotechnology, School Agricultural and Food Sciences
Associate Professor Bryan Fry Chair, IBC Subcommittee, School of Biological Sciences
Mr Kevin Wathen-Dunn UQ-Biological Resources
Dr Amanda Dines Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital
Dr John Kopinski Independent member, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Dr Tim Biffin Veterinary Officer, Office of Research Ethics
Dr. Marc Kamke  Director, Research Ethics
Mr Hazem Gouda  Senior Mechanical  Infrastructure Engineer, Property and Facilities

Gatton Biosecurity Advisory Committee

The Gatton Biosecurity Advisory Committee specifically considers biosafety and biosecurity issues for the Gatton campus.

Gatton staff must still apply to the UQ Institutional Biosafety Subcommittee for approvals to work with genetically modified material and potentially hazardous biological material.