TrainSafe is a behavioral-based training program for laboratory personnel, biosafety professionals, and clinical staff. We provide participants with a hands-on experience taught by veteran biosafety specialists. Course material is derived from the BMBL, focusing on Applied Biosafety. This cutting-edge curriculum has been fine-tuned, tested, and evaluated to ensure significant behavioral and cognitive development. Classes are conducted in state-of-the-art training facilities that feature a simulated BSL-3 laboratory, ambulance bay, and hospital room. When participants finish the TrainSafe course, they will be prepared for safely working in BSL-2, BSL-3, and other high-containment environments.
Course curriculum includes the following topics:
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.
Southern Research’s first TrainSafe class at its new, state-of-the-art biosafety training center in Birmingham attracted eight laboratory professionals from around the for an intensive four-day session on effective protective measures […]
Southern Research is launching a new biosafety training center as the centerpiece of an advanced program called TrainSafe to teach health care workers and laboratory staff how to protect themselves […]