Practical, hands-on biosafety training.


TrainSafe logoThe TrainSafe™ High Containment Biohazard Training Program is recommended for laboratory personnel, scientists, and biosafety professionals. The immersive, three-day course includes lecture paired with active engagement to prepare participants with both the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to enhance their safety and that of their colleagues. Held in Southern Research’s state-of-the-art training facility in Birmingham, Alabama, the program is led by experienced biosafety professionals for biosafety professionals.


Registration is now open for the Dec. 11-13 class!

Price is $2,000 per registrant.

Contact Michelle Valderas for additional information!

Course Curriculum

Course curriculum includes the following topics:

  • Principles of Biosafety and Biosafety Levels
  • Risk Groups and Assessments
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Standard Microbiological Practices
  • Universal Precautions
  • Case Studies: Laboratory Acquired Infections
  • Personal Protective Equipment Use
  • Containment Principles
  • Safety Equipment Use and Agent Transport
  • Disinfectants, Decontamination, and Waste Handling
  • Incident Response
  • Biosecurity and Security Awareness
  • Regulatory Requirements and Suitability Programs
  • Select Agents and Inventory Control
  • Dual Use Research of Concern

Course Registration

Upcoming class dates:

  • December 11-13, 2018

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Sarah Ziegler, Ph.D. | Biosafety Professional and Trainer

Sarah Ziegler is a biosafety professional and serves as a subject matter expert on Select Agent programs, biosafety and biocontainment facilities. She is a private consultant that is an instructor with the organization's TrainSafe™ Biosafety and Biosecurity Program. She currently consults with various high containment groups including government and private organizations. She was previously a Biosafety Director at a high containment facility, training workers on laboratory biosafety, conducting inspections, advising administrators and interacting with government regulators. Previously, she was the Biosafety Program and Compliance Manager and Responsible Official at SR. Ziegler is certified from ABSA International as a Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) and Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP). She received her doctorate degree in biomedical sciences with an emphasis in virology from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in biochemistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Michelle Wright Valderas, Ph.D. | Director, Infectious Disease Preparedness Initiatives

Michelle Wright Valderas is responsible for developing and implementing the vision and direction of Southern Research’s Infectious Disease Preparedness Program, pushing forward new initiatives under the program. She oversees the organization's TrainSafe™ Biosafety and Biosecurity Program, serves as a subject matter expert in the area of infectious disease research, and is actively involved in SR’s Select Agent Program. Additionally, she is responsible for internal and external outreach and education, engagement and management of program partners, and coordination of diverse multidisciplinary teams. At SR and prior to joining the organization, she managed and directed multiple scientific programs requiring advanced knowledge in: microbiology, bioaerosol, drug-resistant and highly pathogenic infectious diseases, telemetry, assay development and validation, and pharmaceutical product testing under Good Laboratory Practices. Valderas received her doctorate degree in biomedical sciences with an emphasis in microbiology, molecular biology, and immunology from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Texas Christian University.


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