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Technical Advisory Committee 
The Technical Advisory Committee is responsible for development of guidelines and or amendments to them.  They are to be sure that the guidelines remain unbiased toward any products or services and can be adopted internationally.  They are also to report any changes to industry standards or guidelines that may impact the membership.   The technical advisory committee can be made up of Active Members, Government Institutional Members, Partner Organization Members and Associate Members (Consultants and experts in BioSafety, Hazardous Materials, Health Care, Environmental Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Bio Recovery and Clandestine Drug Labs.) 
Chair - Must be an ABRA Active or Associate member in good standing and is responsible for being sure that all published guidelines or training recommendations are put through legal for potential exposure review and presented to the Education Committee Chair for review for the purposes of curriculum/standards development and consideration for development of certification.  


Thomas Licker, BS, CEICR, CBRM

Thomas Licker has over 20 years of professional experience that includes managing the investigation and remediation of Industrial, Commercial and Residential properties. In addition he has been involved with the risk mitigation of biohazardous and hazardous materials in relation to the food, transportation, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. He has been responsible for overseeing the clean-up of sites under the CDC, FDA, USDA, RCRA, CERCLA, DOD, and DOE guidelines.Mr. Licker has worked for the Federal EPA Site Assessment and Technical Assistance Team as over-sight for CERCLA and RCRA Corrective Actions. Additional management responsibilities include business development strategies, sales and marketing of Insurance  Restoration  Specialists,  Inc.  and  executive  management  of  the  Infection  Control Technologies division.  Mr. Licker has been an active member of the New Jersey Food Processors association, New Jersey Food Council, the International Association for Food Protection, International Facility Management Association, American Bio Recovery Association, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and sits as the current President of the Board of Directors for ABRA,. 

Technical Advisory Committee Members 

Eric Lewis, Ph.D.

UNC Chapel Hill

Dr. Lewis is currently a Biosafety Specialist within the Department of Environment, Health and
Safety at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Lewis earned his B.S. in
Integrative Biology from the University of Florida. He earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences
from the University of California, Irvine. He completed postdoctoral fellowships at the
Translational Genomics Research Institute and the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is
also a former fellow of the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program at the
National Institutes of Health. His areas of expertise include biosafety, biocontainment,
microbiology, and infectious diseases.

Luther Linder, Ph.D. 


Dr. Luther Linder is a senior-level Federal executive with 29 years of expertise in the area of infectious disease research, biological defense and counter bioterrorism. He has worked extensively in the areas of strategic analysis, program development, biological threat characterization, diagnostic technology development, system analysis, counter biological proliferation programs, interagency collaboration/coordination and basic research. He also has experience in intelligence analysis related to biodefense. His has an accumulated skill set in laboratory diagnostic testing, threat characterization, molecular microbiology and program management to integrate DoD and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) efforts in the area of biological defense with complementary efforts in infectious disease detection to support the warfighter and homeland security.

Scott J. Patlovich, MPH, DrPH, CBSPH, CHMM 

University of Texas Health

Dr. Scott Patlovich is director of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management at UTHealth. In this capacity, Dr. Patlovich oversees a department of nearly 30 safety professionals who provide health and safety services and who manage hazardous wastes generated from the institution’s biomedical research laboratories and clinical operations. Dr. Patlovich serves as a subject matter expert, co-investigator, and instructor for BIDTI and as a subject matter expert and instructor for the Texas-Utah Consortium. Dr. Patlovich holds a doctorate of public health in occupational and environmental health sciences (concentration in epidemiology and disease control) from UTHealth School of Public Health and a master of public health in occupational and environmental health sciences (concentration in industrial hygiene) from the same school. He is a certified biological safety professional, as recognized by the American Biological Safety Association; a specialist microbiologist in biological safety microbiology, as recognized by the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists; and a certified hazardous materials manager, as recognized by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management.

Chad Austin, Ph.D., Safety Specialist

University of Texas Health

Chad is a graduate of the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program at the NIH and a now works on the Biosafety team at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. At UTHealth, he serves as a Specialist supporting the programs and activities of the Biosafety program there, as well as an Instructor for the School of Public Health providing education in Biosafety and related topics. As an NBBTP Fellow, Chad worked with colleagues to develop a suite of training and educational materials for both the NIH and ABSA. Their work resulted in a combination didactic and hands-on BSL-3 training course for NIH personnel, and a modular educational curriculum for secondary, undergraduate, and graduate students to be distributed by ABSA.

Prior to his fellowship with the NBBTP, he was a graduate student at the University of Colorado where he conducted research at both BSL-2 and BSL-3, participating in the Select Agents program there and at Colorado State University. Chad has several years’ experience with the theory and practice of genetics and molecular biology as well as bacteriology, virology, and immunology. Chad also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biochemistry from Seattle Pacific University.


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