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The Scishield EHS Community Connection Webinar Series

Supporting Labs that are Active, Essential, & Operational


As Health & Safety transitions to WFH, some labs are pivoting and ramping up research efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak. Learn about what your peers are doing to support lab safety in this unusual situation. [this webinar aired on May 14, 2020]

Meet the Panelists:

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Sylvie Blondelle
Associate Director of Compliance and Biosafety
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

I received my PhD from the University of Science in Montpellier in France, did my Postdoctoral studies at The Scripps Research Institute, and  was a PI for 17 years at Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies in Microbiology before moving to Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) as Biosafety Officer. I am responsible for the entire Biosafety program and I am the chairperson of the IBC, IRB and SCRO committee and a voting member of the IACUC at SBP.

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Jack Bracken
Chemical Safety Project Manager
University of California, Los Angeles

Jack's experience as a laboratory researcher in the chemical and biological sciences spans 16 years in both private industry and academia, greatly informing his current position at UCLA. His work as an EH&S professional focuses on enhancing safety culture and customer engagement through training, outreach, and consultative practices. In his spare time, Jack tutors students enrolled in chemistry and biology courses at the high school and university level.

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Sean Fitzgerald
Manager of Biological Safety
Hackensack Meridian Health

Sean is responsible for Research Safety at the Center for Discovery and Innovation. He also serves as Chairman of the Institutional Biosafety Committee. Mr. Fitzgerald has spent many years managing high-risk materials at numerous institutions. Mr. Fitzgerald holds a Masters of Public Health the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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Jonathan Klane
Director of Strategic Change in Safety Culture
University of California, Davis - College of Engineering

Jonathan works to affect change, greater effectiveness, and a culture of safety. While wearing his other hat, he’s completing his PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at ASU where we studies risk perceptions, decision-making, and the use of narrative and stories to enhance risk perceptions and communication. In his tiny free time, he writes creative fiction.

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Matt Segal

Matt found his way to SciShield after working at Boston Children's Hospital performing translational rare blood disease research. As the safety guy in his lab, he saw firsthand how challenging it was to manage safety in a laboratory environment and wanted to find a way to help. He now spends his time hosting webinars, arguing with his 3D printer, and cooking food in plastic bags at low temperatures