Biological Safety Officer
Brian S. Ranger is the Director of Biological Safety at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the UT Institute of Agriculture and the UT Graduate School of Medicine. He works closely with the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), principal investigators, staff and students to ensure the safe and responsible management of biological hazards as well as compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations and guidelines. Biological hazards covered by the program include:
- Infectious agents affecting humans, animals and plants
- Recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules
- Acute biological toxins
- Human and animal blood, tissues and body fluids
- Nanomaterials engineered to affect cellular processes
- Venomous animals and toxic plants
Ranger first came to the UT as an undergraduate student in 1992. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in biology and master's degree in microbiology, he served as research associate for Pamela Small in the Department of Microbiology for six years. During that time, he investigated the physiology and molecular pathogenesis of Mycobacterium ulcerans, the causative agent of Buruli ulcer, as well as other closely related environmental mycobacterial species. Ranger is a contributing author to original research published in Infection & Immunity and Public Library of Science Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Ranger joined the Office of Research and Engagement in 2006 as a biological safety specialist and was appointed director of Biological Safety in 2008. He is an active member of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) and the Southeastern Biological Safety Association (SEBSA). Ranger is a Specialist in Microbiology (SM: Biological Safety) through the American Society for Microbiology’s National Registry of Certified Microbiologists (NRCM) and a Certified Biological Safety Specialist (CBSP) through ABSA.