About TrainSafe

TrainSafe logoTrainSafe 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

Course curriculum includes the following topics:

  • Review of biosafety principles
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Waste management
  • Laboratory management
  • Incident Response
  • Biosecurity
  • Biosafety cabinet use
  • Occupational Health considerations
  • Decontamination procedures
  • Donning and doffing PPE
  • Engineering controls
  • Inventory and records management
  • Select agent program overview
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    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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