About the Staff
JeT’Aime M. Newton, B.S., M.S., RBP
JeT Newton is a Senior Biosafety consultant, Division of Biological and Chemical Safety at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where she is responsible for daily 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. Train lab personnel per Texas law for Hazardous Communication Act. Perform safety audits in clinical, research and select agent settings (BSL-1 – BSL-4). Assist in reviewing "Notification of Use" documents for the Institutional Biosafety Committee as well as an active participant in committee discussions. Active member of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Conduct facility training (hands-on and theoretical) for the Robert E. Shope Laboratory and the Galveston National Laboratory BSL-4 facilities. Work directly with new faculty members to set-up new labs and also close-out existing lab space. Have daily interaction with the scientific staff on development and biosafety needs for research projects. Perform environmental assessments and spill response. Work in a team environment to provide assistance/support for biosafety dealing with JCAHO, CAP, NIH, CDC, USDA, select agent, and DOD inspections.
JeT has a B.S and M.S. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and 10 years of experience working with various bacteria and viruses including select agents. Also, has been involved with tissue culture work, animal challenges and field research. As an undergraduate and graduate she had 27 hours of chemistry and more than 50 hours of biology with laboratories as well as teaching undergraduate Microbiology lab classes.
JeT is a Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) and a member of the American Biological Safety Association, where she serves on the membership committee (2004-present) Co-Chair 2010, Pre-Conference Course Committee (2006-present). Scientific Program Committee (2005-2009) Co-Chair 2009. Also an active participant in the International BSL-4 Users Group, National Biocontainment Training Program, and the Laboratory Biosafety Training Program.