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FBI Academic Biosafety Workshop

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

FBI Academic Biosafety Workshop

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Biosecurity includes a range of topics that require the collaboration and coordination of a diverse set of stakeholders.  The range of topics discussed in this workshop includes international and domestic terrorism, cyber security, protection of intellectual property/proprietary information, dual-use research, workplace violence, security challenges with the rapid advances in research and technology innovations, and insider-threat mitigation.  Relationships between the scientific and security communities must be built on trust and understanding in order to develop effective, sensible mitigation strategies, communication pathways, and policies to meet these challenges.

Workshop Goal: Improve cooperation among law enforcement agencies and research institutions to mitigate potential biosecurity issues that may affect public health and safety


  • Identify biosecurity roles and responsibilities of law enforcement agencies
  • Identify biosecurity roles and responsibilities of research institutions
  • Identify benefits and potential obstacles to improve cooperation among law enforcement agencies and research institutions regarding biosecurity
  • Identify methods of improving communications among biosecurity stakeholders


  • Introduction/Welcoming Remarks (15 minutes)
  • Biosecurity Overview Presentation (90 minutes)
  • Break (15 minutes)
  • Table Top Exercise (Breakout Group Discussions) (90 minutes)

Impact: Biosecurity stakeholders will use a multi-sector approach to develop and institute mechanisms to mitigate internal and external risks and threats.  Those mechanisms will be based on effective use of resources and shared responsibilities, and they will be effective to mitigate real – not perceived risks – balancing security with scientific freedom and the need for research and innovation.  


The University of Texas at Austin iGEM Team

Members of the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team work with faculty advisors to engineer biology. They use synthetic biology tools to design and create organisms with useful and interesting capabilities and perform outreach to the public to explain the impacts of these new technologies. Each year, the iGEM team competes against other iGEM teams from universities around the world at regional and national jamborees.

Website: http://2013.igem.org/Team:Greensboro-Austin

The University of Texas at Austin Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology

The Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology (CSSB) brings together UT researchers across a range of disciplines to quantitatively understand and engineer the regulatory networks underlying organismal biology. This collaborative, interdisciplinary group is represented by faculty, staff, and students from the Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology and the Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and Mathematics.

Website: http://cssb.utexas.edu

Event Contacts:

Prof. Jeffrey E. Barrick
Department of Molecular Biosciences
The University of Texas at Austin

Lab website: http://barricklab.org

SA James E. Runkel
CTXJTTF / Asst. WMD Coordinator
FBI - Austin RA 

Office website: http://www.fbi.gov/sanantonio/contact-us/territory-jurisdiction#austin

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When & Where

Texas Union Theatre
2247 Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78712

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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