Biological safety

W. Emmett Barkley is recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding leaders in the field of biosafety.  He was co-editor of the first and second editions of the CDC and NIH Biosafety in Microbiological and Biological Laboratories (BMBL), the authoritative document on biosafety.  He was a guest editor with responsibility for drafting Section II, Biological Risk Assessment, for the BMBL 5th Edition published in 2009.  Cheryl Warfield edited Section II, and served as copy editor for the BMBL 5th edition.  Their technical and editorial expertise has benefited major academic research universities, the federal government and the World Health Organization in their development and implementation of practical and compliant biosafety programs.

With an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, Dr. Barkley has a skill for translating laboratory requirements of scientists into design criteria for architects and engineers.  He developed this expertise at the National Institutes of Health where he served as a liaison engineer working with scientists and engineers to ensure that design criteria and construction drawings for new facilities and lab renovations met the needs of the scientific programs.  His guidance has contributed to the design and operation of high containment laboratories involving cancer viruses, recombinant DNA molecules, emerging pathogens, and select agents.

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