Biosafety Officer, Select Agent Alternate Responsible Official
Nicholas Noriea received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of New Orleans in 2007 followed by a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Southern Miss Gulf Coast Research Lab in 2012 where his research focused on potentially pathogenic Vibrio parahaemolyticus, V. cholera, and V. vulnificus in the coastal environments of the Northern Gulf of Mexico. In the summers he was a teaching assistant for the intensive marine biology course. Nick became trained and certified in Hazardous Material Response following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill which occurred directly south of his graduate research lab on the Gulf. Following graduate school, Nick trained as an IRTA postdoctoral fellow at the NIH Rocky Mountain Labs in Montana. At the NIH he investigated the pathogenesis of Risk Group 3 organisms Rickettsia rickettsii and R. prowazekii and in investigating molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis in Chlamydia trachomatis.
In September of 2016 Nick joined the Office of Research Safety at the University of Chicago as a Biosafety Officer. Nick serves the Hyde Park campus and works closely with faculty, staff, and students to collaborate in biosafety matters. He serves as an initial reviewer for protocols submitted to the University of Chicago Institutional Biosafety Committee and conducts mandated laboratory inspections and biosafety training.