Biosafety exists to protect the health and safety of people and the environment, by identifying and managing risks related to biological hazards including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), gene technology and pathogenic microorganisms. The areas covered by biosafety are broad, and in addition to regulation of the biological hazards themselves, include oversight of physical containment facilities, engineering functions, equipment, behavioural practices, and transport, storage, decontamination and disposal of biological samples.
In my role as Biosafety Officer within Research Development and Support, I act on behalf of the Flinders University Institutional Biosafety Committee to provide oversight of these functions and to provide biosafety advice to our research community and University leadership. I am passionate about helping researchers to meet regulatory requirements with minimum administrative burden and ensuring that safety in biological laboratories is paramount. I understand that no single approach is right for every research project, and so I provide guidance and advice tailored to the specific biological hazards and facilities involved.
My educational background includes a PhD in environmental microbiology and biotechnology, and completion of the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Hons) at Flinders University. I have also worked in private industry in risk assessment, auditing and risk management roles.
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