Basic Science Research

If you are working with animals, hazardous materials, or in a wet lab, you may be required to complete training specific to these areas.

Animal Research

Principal Investigators (PIs) who intend to conduct research utilizing vertebrate animals must complete an Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC) protocol and receive written approval from the IACUC. Additionally, animal researchers must attend a wet lab and lecture on animal care and use and IACUC policies. For more information, please email

For all researchers who plan to house animals in, perform experiments within or require access to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai animal vivaria, a lab animal wet lab, lecture training and Center for Comparative Medicine and Surgery vivaria facility walk-thru are required.

PIs who intend to conduct research involving use and care of laboratory animals, recombinant DNA/synthetic nucleic acids, pathogenic organisms, or other biohazardous materials are required to complete an eSafety research registration. All laboratory staff, including employees, students, and volunteers, must complete laboratory biosafety trainings available on the CITI Program. All laboratory staff directly handling biohazards materials in basic research laboratories must complete the training courses, Core Training Requirements and Biomedical Research, within the Biosafety/Biosecurity Series of the CITI Program. Supplemental training modules may be required depending on the scope of laboratory activities.

Basic Science Research and Laboratory Safety

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) is committed to excellence in medical research and education, and recognizes the potential impacts of these activities on the researchers, animal subjects and the environment. As such, a One Health approach to Laboratory Safety Training is critical  to achieving our goal to promote a Culture of Safety.

ALL investigators and members of the research staff must complete the Core Training Requirements course in the CITI Program. This course consists of the following training modules:

  • Biosafety Course Overview
  • Risk Management: Work Practices
  • Risk Management: Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hazard Communication

The Research Roadmap provides additional guidance on the Training program.

Additionally, all wet lab researchers should complete a “Laboratory Orientation Checklist” with their Principal Investigator. The “Laboratory Orientation Checklist” highlights lab-specific safety information, including the location of safety equipment (eyewashes and safety showers), emergency contact information, and evacuation procedures.

For more information on core safety trainings or laboratory orientation, please e-mail

For more information on laboratory biosafety trainings, please e-mail


Last Updated: July 2023