Course Program

To the Course Learning Objectives/Outcomes

NOTICE: The 2017 BBTC Program has been approved for the ABSA (American Biological Safety Association) Certification Maintenance Points (CM Pts) for biosafety professionals.

Animal Session – July 13 – 14, 2017: Animal Session Instructors


Thursday, July 13

8:00 – 11:15 AM: Lab Animal Biosafety Level–2 (ABSL–2) and ABSL–3 Containment and Management
Lon Kendall, Director, Laboratory Animal Resources, Colorado State University

11:30 AM – Noon, 1:00 – 2:45 PM: Non-human Primate Biosafety Level–2 (ABSL–2) and ABSL–3 Containment and Management
Melissa de la Garza, Associate Veterinarian, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) at Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR), San Antonio, TX

3:00 – 5:00 PM: ABSL–3 Research with Multiple Agents and Multiple Animal Species
Bob Ellis, BBTC Director, Professor, MIP Department, and Colorado State University Director of Biosafety

6:00 PM, Thursday, Dinner at Old Town Coopersmith’s Pool Parlor


Friday, July 14

8:00 AM– Noon, 1:00 – 2:00 PM: Large Animal Facilities and Containment, Animal Biosafety Level–2 (ABSL–2) and ABSL–3
Erin Smith, Biosafety Specialist at Kansas State University’s Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI), Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

2:00 – 3:15 PM: Veterinary Hospital and Clinic Biosecurity (infection control) and Agricultural Premises Biosecurity
Paul Morley, Professor and Veterinary Teaching Hospital Biosecurity Officer, Colorado State University

3:20 – 3:45 PM: The Need to Certify Biosafety Cabinets (BSCs) Annually
Sara Cope, Assistant Biosafety Officer, Colorado State University

3:45 – 5:15 PM: High Efficiency Particle Air Filters (HEPA) and Biosafety Cabinet Certification
Ed Canfield, Technical Safety Services, Littleton, CO


General Biosafety and Biosecurity Session – July 15, 17 and 18, 2017: General Session Instructors


Saturday, July 15

8:00 – 8:25 AM: Philosophy of BBTC; Ethics and Culture of Biosafety
Bob Ellis, BBTC Director and Colorado State University Director of Biosafety

8:30 – 9:15 AM: The Importance of Safe Research Practices
Jim Welch, Executive Director, Elizabeth R. Griffin Foundation

9:20 AM – Noon: BSL–2 and BSL–3 Building Design and Operations
Jerry Tews, Commissioning Biocontainment Specialist, Madison, WI

1:00 – 1:45 PM: Design and Management of Insectaries
Nicholas Bergren, Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory (AIDL), Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

1:45 – 5:00 PM: Risk Communication, Risk Assessment, and Risk Management
Sean Kaufman, Sean Kaufman, Behavior–Based Improvement Solutions, Atlanta, GA

*Sunday July 16 – This day will be open for your enjoyment of the Fort Collins and Rocky Mountain National Park areas.


Monday – General Session, July 17 – Hawaiian Shirt Day, wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt

8:00 – 10:00 AM: The U. S. Select Agent Program; Stewardship of Infectious Agents; and Dual Use Research of Concern: Guidelines and Oversight
Bob Ellis, Director BBTC, Colorado State University Director of Biosafety, Fort Collins, CO

10:15 AM – Noon; 1:00 – 1:45 PM: Preparing for and Responding to Audits and Inspections
Joe Kozlovac, Agency Biosafety Officer, USDA–ARS, Beltsville, Maryland

2:00 – 5:00 PM: rDNA/Synthetic NA (recombinant DNA) Guidelines
Bob Ellis, Director BBTC, Colorado State University Director of Biosafety, Fort Collins, CO

5:00 – 5:30 PM: Special Presentation
To be announced near the time of the course.

Tuesday Morning – General Session, July 18

8:00 – 9:20 AM: Clinical and Public Health Lab Biosafety
Jennifer Bovaird, Microbiology Supervisor, University of Colorado Health – Northern Region, Fort Collins, CO

9:30 AM – Noon: Going Mobile – Audits, Inspections and Data Collection
Patty Olinger, Assistant Vice-President, Office of Research Administration; Director, Environmental, Health, and Safety Office, Emory University, Atlanta, GA


Plant Session – July 18, 19 and 20, 2017: Plant Session Instructors


Tuesday Afternoon, July 18

1:00 – 2:30 PM: Crop Security and Disease; Overview of the National Plant Diagnostic Network
Thaddeus Gourd, PhD, Colorado State University Extension Director and Agriculture Agent for Adams County, Colorado, Brighton, CO

2:45 – 5:00 PM: Regulations and Permit Procedures for Plants, Plant Pests and Pathogens, Including Transgenics and Soils
Steven Ziegenfuss , Biological Safety Specialist, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

6:00 PM, Tuesday, Dinner – Canino’s Italian Restaurant


Wednesday, July 19

8:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Containment Greenhouse Design, Construction, and Management
1:15 – 3:00 PM: Containment Greenhouse Tour
Dann Adair, Controlled Environments, Inc., North Branch, MN

3:00 – 3:25 PM: The Need to Certify Biosafety Cabinets (BSCs) Annually
Sara Cope, Assistant Biosafety Officer, Colorado State University

3:30 – 5:00 PM: High Efficiency Partical Arresting Filters (HEPA) and Biosafety Cabinet Certification
Ed Canfield, Technical Safety Services, Littleton, CO

Thursday, July 20

8:00 – 9:50 AM:Transgenic Plants in the Laboratory, the Greenhouse and in the Field
Mauricio Antunes, Postdoctoral Associate, and June Medford, Professor, Biology Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

10:10 AM – Noon: Agricultural Biosecurity: Why it’s important. Steps to compliance
Jillian M. Lang, Research Associate, and Jan Leach, University Distinguished Professor, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO