Institutional Animal Care & Use
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Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)

According to U.S. federal law, institutions that use laboratory animals for research or instructional purposes must establish an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to oversee and evaluate all aspects of the institution's animal care and use program.

Each institution that receives Public Health Service (PHS) support for activities involving vertebrate animals or is subject to the authority of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) must operate an animal care and use program with clear lines of authority and responsibility. The program must include:

  • a properly constituted and functioning Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC);
  • procedures for self monitoring;
  • an adequate veterinary care program
  • an occupational health and safety program
  • a personnel training program
  • an environment, housing and management program for animals; and
  • appropriately maintained facilities for housing and support.


Texas Southern University's IACUC Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) number is A3897-01. Below are the members of the IACUC.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)    
  Affiliation Chair Member Alternate
Dr. Renard Thomas CPHS X    
Dr. Momoh Yakubu COSET   X  
Dr. Fawzia H. Abdelrahman COSET   X  
Dr. Ziva Yousefipour CPHS   X  
Dr. Shishar Shishodia COSET   X  
Dr. Huan Xie CPHS   X  
Dr. Vanessa Jensen Attending Veterinarian   X  
Ms. Diane Nicholson-Jones Facilities and Maintenance   X  
Mr. Randolph Hamid Animal Care Technician   X  
Dr. Donald Ford Non-Affiliate   X  
Dr. Thomas Gomez  Veterinarian     X
Darnell Johnson RSO and Industrial Hygienist     X
Griselda Galan Asst. Dir. Custodial Services     X
Clarence Miller Manager, Custodial Services     X


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