Developing Collaboration Between IACUC, Research Safety, and Veterinarians to Improve Safety, Compliance, and Efficiency of the University Animal Care and Use Program

Wednesday, March 21
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Franklin C

This session will focus on how to establish risk assessment for hazardous chemical and biological compounds in animal studies. It will provide ideas on how to efficiently organize safety information that will be accessible for investigators and the best way to monitor if investigators follow the safety guidelines included in their animal protocols. In addition, this session will review the importance of a constructive dialogue between IACUC, research safety, and veterinarians, and how it helps keep investigators in compliance with safety policy and creates a university-wide safety culture and protection of human health. During this session, speakers and attendees will:

William G. Greer, BS, CPIA, LAT

Assistant Vice President for Research, Animal Program Compliance Oversight; Director, Animal Care and Use Office
University of MichiganPresident, IACUC Administrators Association

Bill Greer: received his Bachelor’s in Microbiology from Penn State University in 1985. He currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan. His previous roles included Associate Director for Research Compliance at the Pennsylvania State University, and research technician, production manager and safety officer at Intervet, State College, PA (Formally Tri Bio Laboratories). In 2005, he organized and held the first IACUC Administrators’ Best Practices Meeting, which establish a venue for administrators to informally meet to discuss programmatic concerns. He continues to facilitate at least three annual Best Practice Meetings. In 2007, he initiated the process of establishing the IACUC Administrators Association (IAA); a professional organization of IACUC Administrators. In 2010, he chaired the founding committee for the non-profit education based IAA organization. He now serves as the president and chairman of the IAA board of directors. Since 2007, Bill has served as ad hoc consultant to AAALAC Council where he performs institutional program reviews, assessments, and status determinations. He served as a member of the Council of Certified Professional IACUC Administrators (CCPIA). He continues to serve as an educator for the IACUC Administrative community and has lectured at multiple venues including PRIM&R, AALAS, CIC, C3, Biomedical Association Meetings, and Administrators Best Practice Meetings.

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Mandy Kozlowski, MSL, CPIA

IACUC Office Director, Office for Research
Northwestern University

Mandy Kozlowski, MSL, CPIA, IACUC Director, Office for Research, Northwestern University

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Marina Zelivyanskaya, DVM, MSRC

Research Assistant Professor, Pathology, Biological Safety Specialist, Office for Research Safety;
Northwestern University

Marina Zelivyanskaya, DVM, MSRC
Biological safety specialist 2, Office for Research Safety
Research Assistant Professor, Pathology
Northwestern University


Marina Zelivyanskaya graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Veterinary Medicine and became a Doctor of Veterinary medicine with a specialization in Biochemistry in 1986.
In 2015, she received Master of Science in Regulatory Compliance (MSRC) degree from Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, Chicago, IL

Dr. Zelivyanskaya received her postdoctoral training in the Center for Neurobiology and Neurodegenerative disorders (CNND), Department of Pathology and Microbiology, at the University of Nebraska Medical center (UNMC). She was actively been involved in multiple research projects within the CNND and conducted morphological, immunohistochemical, and pathological studies on both cells cultures and animal models.

She joined Northwestern University, Chemical and Biological Engineering Department 14 years ago. She has been involved in several research projects including working on developing novel approaches for spinal cord regeneration and localized gene delivery.

During this period, she was also the laboratory manager and understood the importance of biosafety training and to establish safety culture in the laboratory to avoid injuries.

She joined the Office for Research Safety as a Biological Safety specialist in 2010. She is Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) member. The main responsibilities of her current position are to estimate risk assessment and provide safety and biosafety guidelines to the Principal Investigators and Veterinarians regarding the use of biological and chemical hazardous agents in animal studies. She works in collaboration with Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), Chemical and Radiation Safety committees.

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