Submitted by David Pawlowski – State University at Buffalo
Professional Development - Individual Development Award Grant Recipient
My experience using the NYS/UUP JLMC funding program was very rewarding and productive. As the Biosafety Officer, it is my responsibility to perform risk assessments on the scientific work at the university. While performing a risk assessment for one of our graduate student’s work, we discovered that there was not enough information in the scientific literature to actually finish the assessment. Specifically, if the virus that the student was using to inoculate mice was shed by the mouse, drastic biosecurity measures were required to prevent the virus from spreading to other mice. There have never been studies showing if the virus was shed. After working closely with the Principal Investigator, the graduate student and the veterinarian, we developed a plan to acquire the needed scientific information. The NYS/UUP JLMC funds were instrumental in moving this project forward. Once completed, the data were compiled and drawn into a manuscript for publication. Our publication, in the Journal of Applied Biosafety, was well received and in fact choses for the 2017 Knudsen award by the American Biosafety Association International (ABSA). This award is given to authors of the publication that significantly adds to the scientific contributions of the biosafety field. Without the NYS/UUP JLMC funding program, this paper and award never would have happened. The NYS/UUP JLMC award was critical in gaining the principal investigator’s agreement to perform these studies. In addition, I was able to work closely with wonderful individuals that I normally would not have an opportunity to work with.
See attached Award Letter.