The UQ IBC consists of the main committee which meets three times per year, and a sub-committee (UQ IBC-SC) which meets approximately every 6 weeks.

It is the responsibility of the UQ IBC Sub-Committee to assess all proposals for dealings with Genetically Modified Material.

The UQ IBC and UQ IBC Sub-Committee consists of panel of expert advisors from throughout UQ with expertise in the many areas of biological research undertaken by UQ staff and students. In addition to this, both committees have an independent member to ensure an unbiased approach.

The UQ IBC is required to consult with the Department of Agricutlure (nee AQIS) and the OGTR to ensure compliance of PC and QC premises, and is responsible for reviewing work involving Risk Group 2 organisms (requiring special consideration) and above, plus any Dealings with Genetically Modified Material.

The IBC at UQ has been instigated to help ensure compliance to:

  • The Queensland Work Health and Safety Act
  • The Department of Agriculture-Biosecurity (nee AQIS)
  • The Office of the Gene Technology regulator
  • AS2243.3 Safety In Laboratories: Microbiological Safety and Containment

 As well as other regulations or standards referred to by regulations such as:

  • The Security Sensitive Biological Agents Regulatory Scheme
  • The Department of Defence Strategic Goods list
  • Notifiable plant and animal pests

It is the responsibility of Chief Investigators to obtain appropriate biosafety approvals from the UQ IBC prior to commencement of the work, and to ensure that project staff and students are competent, trained and appropriately supervised. All personnel working with biological material should be familiar with and comply with regulatory authorities and internal UQ requirements in this area.  

Training in Biosafety requirements is mandatory for any person who works in a PC2 laboratory unnsupervised, this training is available on UQ Blackboard as an OHS Module. For persons working in Quarantine Approved Premises (QAPs), training is provided  via the UQ Staff Development Program.

  •  UQ IBC Terms of Reference - note revised TOR pending

UQ IBC Subcommittee Meetings

(for submission of proposals for GMO & Biosafety work)

To guarantee submission to the next meeting, proposals must reach the IBSC Secretary 2 weeks before the meeting date to be included as an agenda item and to give committee members time to read the proposals. 

Acceptance of submissions arriving later than this will be at the discretion of the IBSC Chair.

Electronic submissions are preferred.

Subcommittee Meeting Dates 2018

Meeting Date Submission Deadline
13 February 30 January
27 March 13 March
8 May 24 April
19 June 5 June
31 July 17 July
11 September 28 August
23 October 9 October
4 December 20 November

Subcommittee Members 2018




Prof Bernard Carroll

IBSC Chair

Plant biology

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Dr Ulrike Kappler

IBSC Deputy Chair

Metabolic pathways

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Ms Sophie O’Neill

IBSC Secretary

Biosafety Advisor

UQ Health, Safety and Wellness

Dr Amanda Jones

Biosafety Advisor

UQ Health, Safety and Wellness

A/Prof Elizabeth Aitken

Plant pathology

School of Biological Sciences

Dr Victor Anggono

Neural biology

Queensland Brain Institute

Dr Rowland Cobbold

Veterinary public health

School of Veterinary Sciences

A/Prof Bryan Fry

Evolution of venoms

School of Biological Sciences

Prof Roy Hall

Structure and function of flaviviruses

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Prof Mark Schembri

Bacterial pathogens

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Ms Susan Stephenson

Independent member


Dr Milos Tanurdzic

Plan development and genomics

School of Biological Sciences

Dr Nick West

Tuberculosis research

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

A/Prof Ingrid Winkler

Replication incompetent viral vectors and blood stem cells

UQ-Mater Research Institute

Prof Ernst Wolvetang

Stem cell research

Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology


Institutional Biosafety Committee Meetings (UQ IBC)

2018 meeting dates (note this committee does not assess proposals):

  • Tuesday 4 April
  • Thursday 26 July
  • Wednesday 7 November

 The committee is constituted according to OGTR guidelines with a core committee and a number of persons with a variety of expertise who may be called upon when required. 

Committee Members (2018)
Prof Alastair McEwan, Chair, Dean Graduate School
Mr Jim Carmichael, Deputy Chair, Director OHS Division
Dr Amanda Jones, Secretary, Biosafety Advisor, OHS representative
Ms Sophie O'Neill, Biosafety Advisor (observer)
Mr Kerrin Henderson, Biosafety Advisor (observer)
Dr Anthony Arklay, University Health Services
Dr Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Infectious disease and immunology; School of Veterinary Science
Prof Jimmy Botella, Plant biotechnology; School Biological Sciences
Prof Bernard Carroll, Plant biology; School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, Chair IBSC
Mr Kevin Wathen-Dunn UQ-Biological Resources
Dr Amanda Dines, Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital
Mr Stewart Hobbs, Manager Engineering Services, Property & Facilities
Dr Wayne Jorgensen, Chair DAFF-Qld IBC
Ms Susan Stephensen, Independent Member
Miss Nicole Shively, Research Management Office
Mr Michael Uren, Consultant veterinarian; Animal Welfare Unit/member Animal Ethics Committee
Mr Barry Yeo, Senior Mechanical Engineer; Property & Facilities





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