Joseph P. Kozlovac, M.S., RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM)
Agency Biological Safety Officer
United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service
Joe is a biosafety professional with over 25 years of experience and has worked in the biotechnology industry, academia and federal sector. Mr. Kozlovac is a Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) and a Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) through the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). He has authored several journal articles and textbook chapters on various biosafety topics. In 2009 Mr. Kozlovac received the Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award from ABSA and in 2015 received the Biosafety Professional of the Year from Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association. Joe is currently employed at the USDA ARS where he is responsible for developing biosafety policy for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
Joe’s professional services include serving as the USDA co-chair for the Interagency Biorisk Management Working Group of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Homeland and National Security (CHNS) Subcommittee on Biodefense Research and Development; serves on the American College of Microbiology, National Registry of Certified Microbiologists (NRCM) as the Chair of the SM Biological Safety Exam Development Committee; served as the USDA biosafety lead SME on a 2015 collaborative effort between USDA and FAO to evaluate Biosafety and veterinary diagnostic capacity in 4 African nations; serving as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program, Serves as an ARS representative reviewing the Biocontainment aspects of the design of the DHS National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). Joe has also in the past served as a peer reviewer on the design of USAMRIID’s new research facility; provided biosafety training to >850 Pakistani Scientists as part of an effort by the State Department, and served as a consultant to the U.S. State Department on the Technical Review Committee for the decontamination of an anthrax contaminated mailbag facility in the Washington, D.C. metro area.