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Contact & Membership Information

For information or assistance with research activities, contact:

  • IBC Specialist (for routine questions regarding federal regulations, registration process from submission to expiration,  and scientific aspects of research projects)
  • Institutional Biological Safety Officer (for questions about the scientific elements of your project)
  • IBC Chairperson


Danielle Delage

IBC Program Specialist
Telephone: (860) 486-1838
Fax:  (860) 486-1106

David Cavallaro, MS, CBSP

Institutional Biosafety Officer
Phone:  (860) 486-3180
Fax: (860) 486-1106

Kumar Venkitanarayanan, DVM, MVSc, MS, Ph.D.  

IBC Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee
Professor, Animal Science
Phone: (860) 486-0947
Fax: (860) 486-4375


IBC Membership

The IBC consists of University faculty and community representatives. The individual members contribute the professional competency necessary to review specific research activities representing a broad range of disciplines through experience and expertise in their fields.

The fully convened IBC meets at least quarterly on the Storrs campus and is made up of the following members:


Alfredo Angeles-Boza, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Chemistry

David Cavallaro, MS, CBSP (ex officio) Institutional Biosafety Officer, Environmental Health & Safety

David Johnson Non-Affiliated Community Member, Connecticut State Dept. of Health

Spencer Nyholm, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology

Alice Payton, DVM  Associate Director, Office of Animal Research

IBC Vice Chair: To be filled

IBC Chair: Kumar Venkitanarayanan, DVM, MVSc, MS, Ph.D. Professor, Animal Science

Wesley Byerly, Pharm.D. ( ex officio ) Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and Regulatory Affairs

Alexander Walsh, DVM, Ph.D. Non-Affiliated Community Member, Retired Veterinary Pathologist