2019 Course Program

To the Course Learning Objectives/Outcomes


NOTICE: The 2019 BBTC Program has been approved for the ABSA International (American Biological Safety Association) Certification Maintenance Points (CM Pts) for biosafety professionals. General Session 2.0 CM Points; Animal Session 1.5 CM Points; Plant Session 1.5 CM Points.

Please watch for updates to the following program. The 2019 program will be held on-site in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.

Animal Biosafety and Biosecurity Session: July 8 – 9 (AM), 2019 – Animal Session Instructors


Monday July 8


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

Noon – 1:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 – 2:45 PM: Biosafety in Prion Disease Research
Candace Mathiason, Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Department; Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

2:45 -3:00 PM – Break

3:00 – 5:00 PM: ABSL-2 Field Investigations
Bob Ellis, BBTC Director, Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Department; and Colorado State University Director of Biosafety, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA


Tuesday Morning July 9


8:00 AM – Noon:
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, Kansas, USA

Noon – 1:00 PM – Lunch



General Biosafety and Biosecurity Session: July 9 (PM) – 10 – 11 (AM), 2019 – General Session Instructors


Tuesday Afternoon July 9


1:00 – 1:30 PM:
Philosophy of Global BBTC; Ethics and Culture of Biosafety
Bob Ellis, BBTC Director, Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Department; and Colorado State University Director of Biosafety, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

1:30 – 2:15 PM: The Importance of Safe Research Practices
Jim Welch, Affiliate, Elizabeth R. Griffin Program, Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA

2:15 -2:30 PM – Break

2:30 – 5:00 PM: BSL–2 and BSL–3 Building Design and Operations
Jerry Tews, Commissioning Biocontainment Specialist, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

6:00 – 9 PM – Dinner at Old Town Coopersmith’s Pool Parlor


Wednesday July 10 (Hawaiian Shirt Day)


8:00 – 10:30 AM :
Risk Assessment and Risk Management Application
Sarah Ziegler, Associate Director for Biological Safety and Security, Merrick, San Antonio, Texas, USA

10:30 – 10:45 AM – Break

10:45 AM – Noon: Design and Management of Insectaries
Nicholas Bergren, Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory (AIDL); Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Noon – 1:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 PM: Clinical and Public Health Lab Biosafety
Michael Pentella, Director of the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL), University of Iowa College of Public Health, Iowa City, Iowa, USA

3:00 -3:15 PM – Break

3:15 – 5:00 PM: The U. S. Select Agent Program; and Dual Use Research of Concern: Guidelines and Oversight
Bob Ellis, BBTC Director; Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Department; and Colorado State University Director of Biosafety, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA



Thursday Morning July 11


8:00 – 10:00 AM:
Preparing for and Responding to Audits and Inspections
Joe Kozlovac, Agency Biosafety Officer, USDA–ARS, Beltsville, Maryland, USA

10:00 -10:15 AM – Break

10:15 AM – Noon: Biosafety Cabinets (BSCs) Operation and Certification
Sara Cope, Assistant Biosafety Officer, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Noon – 1:00 PM – Lunch


Plant Biosafety and Biosecurity Session: July 11 (PM) – 12, 2019 – Plant Session Instructors


Thursday Afternoon July 11


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

2:00 – 3:30 PM: Transgenic Plants in the Laboratory, the Greenhouse and in the Field
June Medford, Professor, Biology Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

3:30 -3:45 PM – Break

3:45 – 5:00 : Agricultural Biosecurity: Why it’s important. Steps to compliance
Emily Luna, Lab Manager, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA


Friday July 12


8:00 – 10:00 AM:
Regulations and Permit Procedures for Plants, Plant Pests and Pathogens, Including Transgenics and Soils
Steven Ziegenfuss , Biological Safety Specialist, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

10:00 -10:15 AM – Break

10:15 AM – Noon, lunch Noon – 1:00 PM, 1:00 – 5 PM: Containment Greenhouse Design, Construction, and Management, and Containment Greenhouse Tour
Dann Adair, Controlled Environments, Inc., North Branch, Minnesota, USA