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 is required.

Individuals who intended to handle biohazardous materials are required to take a Biosafety and Blood Borne Pathogen training and exam courtesy of Mount Sinai's education platform, PEAK.

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, Laboratory Safety Training is a critical component of our goal to maintain the health and safety of all parties involved.

If you are conducting research while in a wet lab at ISMMS, you are required to take five core trainings offered by Environmental Health and Safety. These trainings include:

  1. Basic Laboratory Safety (New Hire)
  2. Hazard Communication
  3. Personal Protective Equipment
  4. Laboratory Hazardous Waste Management
  5. Principles of Biosafety

All trainings can be accessed through PEAK by searching by the training title.

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 email