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John Bivona, RBP

Senior Biosafety Officer, Select Agent Alternate Responsible Official

John C. Bivona received his Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University, with an emphasis in environmental health and safety, in 1994. He began his career working for an environmental health and safety consultant and then in 2000 was hired by University of Chicago Environmental Health and Safety, where he served for eight years in multiple roles including industrial hygienist, environmental health and safety officer, and alternate responsible official for the Select Agent Program.

In 2009, he was hired as a UChicago biosafety officer and alternate responsible official at the Howard Taylor Ricketts Laboratory, which is located on the campus of Argonne National Laboratory. He served on the UChicago advisory committee to construct the Howard Taylor Ricketts Laboratory and is currently a voting member of the UChicago Select Agent Institutional Biosafety Committee.

In his current role, he serves as the primary point of contact for the UChicago Select Agent Program at the Howard Taylor Ricketts Laboratory. He oversees all aspects of biosafety, biosecurity and incident response, including all communications related to the program, both internally within the program and externally with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Agriculture. He manages records related to laboratory and facility inspections, training of personnel, and enrollment of investigators. He also serves as liaison between the Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory and Argonne National Lab and the Department of Energy.

John directed the UC Ebola response plan creating SOPs and training doctors, nurses and other clinical care workers to safely work with patients infected with high risk pathogens (i.e. Ebola, Anthrax). Lead trainer in the Duke Infectious Disease Response Training (DIDRT) Consortium funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Certified HAZWOPER/HAZMAT Train the Trainer.

He is a registered biosafety professional with the American Biological Safety Association and has numerous certifications, including OSHA 40 – Hour HAZMAT, OSHA Hazardous Material Handling, OSHA 510 – Standards for General Industry, Additionally, he is a certified HAZWOPER/HAZMAT Train the Trainer, as well as, First Receiver Decontamination for Hospitals and FEMA Incident Command Systems for Health Care Organizations.