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Mission Statement

The mission of MABioN is to promote and facilitate the development of biosafety professionals and others who are interested in biological safety through networking, symposia, facility tours, and workshops.


MABioN ’s vision is to create opportunities at a local level for individuals interested in biological safety through sponsoring events focused on biosafety awareness and education. Our goal is to reduce the risk of potential occupational illnesses and adverse environmental impacts from biologically-derived and infectious materials.

Guiding Principles

  1. MABioN, the Midwest Area Biosafety Network, is an incorporated not-for-profit organization that is an affiliate of the ABSA International (ABSA).
  2. MABioN membership is open to anyone interested in learning about biological safety and may include individuals in roles as biological safety officers, researchers, educators, or public and private sector employees.
  3. MABioN and its members are encouraged to join and participate in the annual MABioN symposium, and to join and attend other meetings, workshops, and training sponsored by ABSA International and its affiliated organizations.
  4. MABioN encourages the exchange and dissemination of information about regulatory compliance, best practices, lessons learned, and environmental issues.
  5. MABioN aspires to ensure biosafety professionals have up-to-date knowledge and are highly skilled experts.
  6. MABioN aspires to serve as a mentor by offering guidance and opportunities for involvement of newer biosafety professionals.
  7. MABioN’s executive council is committed to working together and conducting its activities in accordance with best practices and the highest ethical standards.



MABioN was started in 2004 as the brainchild of Kathryn Harris, PhD, RBP, then Biosafety Officer at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL (currently Senior Outreach and Education Specialist at NIH’s Office of Biotechnology Activities).  MABioN’s first president was Jim Klenner, Biosafety Manager at IUPUI.  He served two terms from 2004-2008.  The past, current, and president-elect are listed in chronological order below:

Jyl Burgener (2008-2010)
Marcia Finucane (2010-2011)
Paul Umbeck (2011-2014)
Mary Cipriano (2014-2016)
Matt Anderson (2016-2018)
Brandy Nelson (2018-2020)
Steve Ziegenfuss (2020-2022)


New Logo (2012)

New MABioN Logo Final_sm

Original Logo (2005)


Our logo has as its base element a geographical map of the region we draw our main membership from; Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  We do have members from outside this region, but these states comprise our core membership.

The other main component of our logo is the universal Biohazard symbol.

Current MABioN Executive Council

Matt Anderson, PhD, RBP
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Brandy Nelson, MS, CBSP, SM(NRCM)
University of Kentucky
Steven Ziegenfuss, RBP
Iowa State University
Anne Dombroski-Brokman, M.S., RBP
Iowa State University
Diane J. Rodi, Ph.D., FSSM (IL)
Argonne National Laboratory
Stephanie Kutz, MS, RBP
University of Wisconsin Madison
Mary Cipriano, MBA, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM)
WCG Biosafety, a division of the WIRB-Copernicus Group, Inc.
Communications Director
Hsiang-Ming(Anthony) Wang, PhD, MBA, NRCM(SM)
University of Chicago
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