Joseph Kanabrocki


Joseph Kanabrocki, Ph.D., C.B.S.P. is currently the Associate Vice-President for Research Safety and Professor of Microbiology in the Biological Sciences Division of the University of Chicago. In this capacity, Dr. Kanabrocki serves as Select Agent Responsible Official, University Biosafety Officer and director of the Biosafety programs at the University of Chicago’s Ricketts Regional Biocontainment Laboratory and the Great Lakes Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research.

Dr. Kanabrocki is formerly the Director of Biological Safety/Biological Safety Officer, Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety and Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Kanabrocki served as the administrative officer for the Washington University Institutional Biological and Chemical Safety Committee (IBC) as well as the institution’s Responsible Official for the Select Agent Program. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Kanabrocki served as the Responsible Official and as Biosafety Officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for eight years.

Dr. Kanabrocki received a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He was trained as a post-doctoral fellow in the Section of Genetics and Development at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. and in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He obtained his professional certifications as a Certified Biological Safety Professional (C.B.S.P.) from the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA), where he has been a member since 1992, and from the National Registry of Microbiologists-Specialist Biological Safety (NRCM-SM(BS)).

Dr. Kanabrocki is a member of the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (NIH-RAC) and has been nominated to serve as a member of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB). Dr. Kanabrocki is an active member of ABSA, presently serving as Councilor. He also serves as Chair of the Examination Board for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) National Registry of Microbiologists and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Institutes of Health National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP).