About the Staff

Anne-Sophie Brocard, Ph.D., RBP

Anne-Sophie Brocard, Ph.D., RBPDr. Anne-Sophie Brocard is a Registered Biosafety Professional (2008) currently working for UTMB’s department of Environmental Health and Safety as a consultant for the Biological and Chemical Safety Program. She is also the director of the Laboratory Biosafety Training Program, a component of UTMB’s National Biocontainment Training Center. Dr. Brocard is an assistant professor for the Department of Pathology and teaches a biosafety course for the graduate program. Learn more...


JeT’Aime M. Newton, B.S., M.S., RBP

JeT'Aime M. Newton, B.S., M.S., RBPJeT'Aime M. Newton is a safety consultant in the Division of Biological and Chemical Safety at UTMB where she is responsible for daily laboratory safety operations, technical assistance and support. Her duties include supporting leadership in the development and implementation of programs for biological, chemical, fire safety and environmental health. She also trains lab personnel as per Texas law for Hazardous Communication Act and performs safety audits in clinical, research and select agent settings (BSL1- BSL4). She also assists in reviewing "Notification of Use" documents for the Institutional Biosafety Committee. She is active participant in this committee as well as the university's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Learn more...


Vickie C. Jones, M.S.

Vickie C. Jones, M.S.Vickie C. Jones is a BSL2 and BSL3 trainer for the Laboratory Biosafety Training Program, a component of UTMB's National Biocontainment Training Center. She is also a consultant for UTMB's Biological and Chemical Safety Program in the department of Environmental Health and Safety. Learn more...


Belinda Rivera, B.S., RVT, RLATG, CMAR

Belinda Rivera, B.S., RVT, RLATG, CMARBelinda Rivera is the animal biosafety trainer for the UTMB Laboratory Biosafety Training Program. She received a bachelor degree in animal science from Angelo State University and an associate degree in veterinary technology from Tomball College. She has acquired and maintains state and national certifications in animal care, regulations, and management. Learn more...


Jason Hardcastle, M.S.

Jason Hardcastle, M.S.Jason Hardcastle is a Sr. Laboratory Biosafety Training Specialist for the Laboratory Biosafety Training Program. His primary responsibilities include BSL2 and BSL3 training. Learn more...


Nate Schueller, PSM

Nate Schueller, PSMNate is a Laboratory Biosafety Training Specialist for the Laboratory Biosafety Training Program (LBTP). His responsibilities focus on training researchers for animal work in biocontainment laboratories. Learn more...


Sheri Leavitt, B.S., RLATG

Sarah A. Ziegler, M.S., Ph.D.Sheri is a Laboratory Biosafety Training Specialist for the Laboratory Biosafety Training Program (LBTP). She received a bachelor degree in Life Sciences from Kansas State University and maintains national certification in animal care. Learn more...