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Muller, Richard

Assistant Director    

Richard J. Muller Jr. is Georgia State University’s Assistant Director of Research Safety Programs. He is responsible for biosecurity and biosafety in GSU laboratories. His responsibilities include reviewing and assessing research proposals involving the use of biological material, daily laboratory operations and construction/renovation plans for all aspects of biosafety to assure appropriate health and safety controls, containment, and compliance with NIH, CDC, USDA and other federal, state, local, and University requirements. For more than two years, he worked for SRA International Inc. as a Laboratory Inspector for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coordinating Office of Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (COTPER) Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT). During that time, he was responsible for reviewing biosafety manuals, facility reviews, risk assessments, security plans, chemical hygiene plans, emergency response plans, incident response plans, and access and inventory records of registered DSAT laboratories working with dangerous biologic agents. He inspected primary and secondary biocontainment of dangerous biologic agents of registered DSAT laboratories to determine regulatory compliance and to ensure that facilities were working properly with their registered select agents. He spent five years working for Chemtura Inc. During that time, he served as lead microbiologist for conducting Efficacy Tests and preparing reports for EPA Registered Label Claims of algicides, bactericides, and fungicides using Good Laboratory Practices (GLP). He directed microbial testing of Commercial Pools in the Greater Atlanta Area for a CDC sponsored grant. He tested Bromine Disinfection of fecal coliform in Combined Sewage Overflow (CSO) during actual CSO events at the Columbus Water Works CSO Advanced Demonstration Facility in Columbus, Ga. As a graduate student at Georgia State University, he preformed initial tests of a novel centrifugal bioreactor (CBR) in a research laboratory for Kinetic Biosystems Inc., A Division of BioPharma Inc. Pharmaceutical Company. He graduated from Georgia State University with a Masters of Science. He graduated from Kennesaw State University with a major in Chemistry.

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