2018 CABSA ELECTION NOMINATIONS
Daniel Eisenman, PhD, RBP, SM(NRCM), CBSP serves as the Director of Biosafety Services for Schulman IRB, the 2nd largest commercial IRB in the United States. In his position he has created and direct a commercial IBC service focusing on review of clinical trials involving gene therapy. Previously, Dan served as Biosafety Officer at UNC Chapel Hill and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He was the first full time Biosafety Officer at MUSC and built the biosafety program for what is the largest biomedical research institution in South Carolina. He also has several years of experience teaching microbiology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dan is happily married and has three teenage children.
- PhD, Molecular Medicine (Molecular Biology and Immunology)
- Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
- Registered and Certified Biosafety Professional (RBP and CBSP), American Biosafety Association (ABSA)
- Specialist Microbiologist in Biological Safety, National Registry of Certified Microbiologists, American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
- Professional Memberships
- American Biosafety Association (ABSA)
- Carolinas Biosafety Association (CaBSA), ABSA Regional Affiliate
- Southeastern Biosafety Association (SEBSA), ABSA Regional Affiliate
- American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
- International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID)
"I see a great deal of potential for growing and improving CaBSA as well as contributing to the biosafety profession. Some highlights include:
- Expanding CaBSA’s focus and membership beyond its current Raleigh-Durham centric existence.
- Creating an annual CaBSA Symposium akin to those held by other ABSA regional affiliates.
- Uniting the Carolinas. While CaBSA encompasses both North and South Carolina, to my knowledge no CaBSA activities have taken place in S. Carolina and our membership is largely made up of North Carolinians. Having lived in Charleston, SC and built the biosafety program at MUSC, I feel I can bring the Carolinas together.
- The location of the CaBSA symposium could be utilized to better integrate the Carolinas. Meeting locations could be rotated to the east, central and western portions of the Carolinas to draw presenters and attendees from different regions of both states.
- Collaborative efforts with our neighboring regional affiliates, the Southeastern and Chesapeake Biosafety Associations (SEBSA and ChABSA). We are centrally located on the east coast and could collaborate with SEBSA and ChABSA to create larger regional events. As a SEBSA member and South Carolina state representative for its revitalization in 2013, I could certainly work to bring us together.
- Creating revenue streams beyond annual memberships. Corporate sponsorships, merchandising and the annual symposium could be utilized to increase CaBSA’s funding.
- Improving the CaBSA website both in terms of content and incorporating features to allow credit card purchases and advertising by institutions and corporate sponsors. Memberships would be renewed through the website.
- Creating a CaBSA newsletter
- Working with ABSA, PRIM&R and the NIH to create an IBC Coordinator certification
- Creating a CaBSA charitable giving initiative for disadvantaged individuals.
Becky McGirr, MSc, RBP is the safety manager at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI). She is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of research laboratories, including the BSL-3/ABSL-3 areas in Duke’s Regional Biocontainment Laboratory. Becky is also a trainer and course content creator for the Duke Infectious Disease Response Training consortium (DIDRT), an NIH/NIEHS-funded program. In this role, she provides on-site training to various worker populations, using adult learning techniques to actively engage participants and facilitate knowledge retention. Over the past year, Becky has created several on-demand e-learning modules for the DIDRT program, which over 500 learners have completed to-date.
Becky holds a MSc in Neuroscience from the University of Western Ontario and a certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from Fanshawe College (both in London, Ontario, Canada). She spent more than 10 years managing research laboratories within the molecular imaging program at the Lawson Health Research Institute. She also served as the Lawson institutional biosafety officer for 2 years, and was responsible for the creation and implementation of their biosafety program. During this time, she formed the Lawson Institutional Biosafety Committee and sat as chair of the committee. Becky currently serve on two ABSA committees, the Distance Learning committee and the Technical and Regulatory Review committee.
Becky is interested in professional development and continuing education, as the field of biosafety is ever-changing, and as a safety professional in this field. She feels a responsibility to keep current with the research of the day. Becky also enjoys mentoring and educating others, and has a passion for creating engaging online learning courses.
"As a president-elect for CaBSA, I would work on expanding learning and education opportunities that are as accessible as possible to all CaBSA members. This would include webinars and other distance learning opportunities. I also envision expanding and growing the CaBSA website to include dynamic content that encourages members to visit often."
Cathy Moore, PhD currently serve as an Advanced Research Specialist for the department of Bioinformatics and Genomics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). She provides academic safety and integrity serving as building liaison to sustain infrastructure including BSL-2/3 facilities across nine laboratories for the Bioinformatics building. Cathy's responsibilities include training and mentoring junior faculty, staff and student, familiarizing each individual with the suitable resources on campus specific to their research interest, including an overview of policy and procedures specific to the Offices of Environmental Health and Safety and Research and Compliance. On a daily basis, Cathy is engaged with ensuring proper execution of Biosafety Research Protocols approved by UNCC Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and maintain that all personnel adhere to best laboratory practices. As the project manager on multiple studies (BSL-1/2), she has drafted and executed numerous Biosafety Research Applications, including sample procurement from feces and saliva.
Cathy's professional experience has also included commissioning of the BSL-3 and molecular sequencing core facilities in the building. In coordination with external contractors (Global Biological Technologies), she outfitted and commissioned the BSL-3 facility. This extended process included amending a Facilitates Maintenance plan, SOPs and safety manuals. Cathy continues to manage and maintain autoclave validation, biosafety cabinet certification and work closely with the Biological Safety Officer to regulate access to the facility.
My role also presents opportunities to communicate with cross-functional teams at UNCC. She is frequently called into meetings with Facilities Management, Building Environmental Services, Research and Compliance for quarterly updates, interviews, or consultations for the progressive flow of the campus. She also maintains an active relationship with departmental managers and faculty across campus to promote collaborations and share laboratory resources.
Cathy's drive to be a professional advocate for biological safety also extends into my community outreach networks. She currently serve on the UNCC Institutional Biosafety Committee and WIRB Institutional Biosafety Committee. This work has helped expand her understanding of the biological safety regulations and policies applicable to all types of research inside and outside of the academic setting. As an executive board member of the CaBSA, she has been instrumental in re-establishing educational and networking opportunities for safety professionals in the Carolinas. In addition to typical Treasurer responsibilities, she have initiated registration with for 501c6 status, organized communications through Google platforms, and developed a website for easier communication with new and established members.
"I hope to continue providing leadership and continuity for the reemerged association as President Elect. I look forward to provide young and evolving scientist with consistent resources and networking opportunities to advance careers, while highlighting experienced members with up to date information in the professional biosafety field."