Contact Us / Meet the Staff


Richard J. Muller Jr.,Assistant Director, Research Safety Programs, Senior Biosafety Officer.
Michael Thompson,Assistant Director, Research Safety Programs.
Adam L. Fischer,Chemical Safety Specialist.
Paul Hysell,Chemical Safety Specialist,Hazardous Materials Specialist.
Jamar Simmons,Chemical Safety Specialist.
Betsy Butler,Biological Safety Specialist.
Sydney Swain,Research Safety Specialist.
Quintena Tinson, Radiation Safety Specialist.
Should you need further assistance with your environmental needs, you may contact Mike Thompson at 404-413-3551 between 7:45 AM and 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday, or by visiting his office in G86 Dahlberg Hall.


Richard J. Muller Jr.
Assistant Director, Research Safety Programs, Senior Biosafety Officer
Phone: 404-413-3510

Richard J. Muller Jr. is Georgia State University’s Assistant Director of Research Safety Programs. He is responsible for biosecurity and biosafety in Georgia State 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.

Michael Thompson, MPH, MBA, CSP, CHMM
Assistant Director, Research Safety Programs
LEED Green Associate
Phone: 404-413-3551

Michael Thompson is Georgia State University’s Assistant Director of Research Safety Programs. Michael implements and manages the Environmental Management System (EMS) campus-wide. He develops and maintains compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. Michael is also responsible for interpreting, analyzing, and educating the campus on environmental issues. Michael supervises the UST/AST Program, and he assists in NPDES policies and procedures. He manages Clean Air Acts 2 (Clean Fuel Fleet), 5 (Stationary Sources), and 6 (Refrigerant). He is the leader of the Hazmat Team, and responds in the event of hazardous materials’ emergencies. Michael manages contracts for hazardous waste-related projects, and he maintains and updates regulatory required permits. He supervises the chemical and chemical waste program (RCRA), as well as the universal waste program. He also assists on Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessments. Michael is the Occupational Health Officer for the campus, and manages the Medical Monitoring Program. Michael is a Certified Asbestos Inspector and Management Planner, Asbestos Supervisor, Asbestos Designer, Lead Inspector, Lead Risk Assessor, HAZWOPER-trained, and DOT Hazmat trained. He is a member of several committees, including Environmental Programs Advisory Committee (EPAC), Lab Safety Committee, Radiation Safety Committee, and The Board of Regents ESAC Committee. Michael is a LEED Green Associate, a Certified Safety Professional, and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health Science from The University of Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Walden University. Michael received his MBA from Kennesaw State in Spring 2014.

Adam L. Fischer
Chemical Safety Specialist
Phone: 404-413-3546

Adam L. Fischer is Georgia State University’s Chemical Safety Specialist. A graduate of Georgia State, Adam received a BS in Biology in 2010. He joined the Research and Environmental Safety team in October 2012. Prior to joining the Georgia State team, Adam had several years’ experience working in the petroleum analysis industry. Adam’s main tasks as a Chemical Safety Specialist include handling hazardous waste pickup, managing chemical inventory, and hazardous waste cleanup.

Paul Hysell
Chemical Safety Specialist
Hazardous Materials Specialist
Phone: 404-413-3515

Paul Hysell graduated with a B.A. in biology from Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. Paul entered Research and Environmental Safety in 2005 as a Graduate Research Assistant, working with Biosafety, Radiation, and Environmental Compliance Programs. He became a full-time staff member in 2007, and has worked as a Chemical Safety Specialist and Hazardous Materials Specialist while completing his M.S. in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Jamar Simmons
Chemical Safety Specialist
Phone: 404-413-3535

Jamar Simmons is Georgia State University’s Chemical Safety Specialist. Jamar is the main contact for hazardous waste pick-ups. Jamar also assists in chemical spills and chemical emergencies on campus. Jamar is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University.

Betsy Butler
Biological Safety Specialist
Phone: 404-413-3562

Betsy Butler joined Georgia State University’s Office of Research Integrity in January of 2013. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2002 from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. She brings more than 12 years of experience in medical research as a laboratory manager and lead research specialist. Betsy is responsible for making sure all staff, faculty and students working with hazardous biological reagents/chemicals and radioactive materials are properly trained, documented, and in compliance with state and federal regulations. She is responsible for issuing radiological film badges, recording radiological inventory, as well as arranging waste removal and pick up. You may contact her regarding research safety training seminars and online annual refresher courses on Desire2Learn.

Sydney Swain
Research Safety Specialist
Phone: 404-413-3565

Sydney Swain recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Health Science. She is working at GSU as a Research Safety Specialist, assisting with chemical safety and laboratory compliance. Sydney has an interest in environmental policy as it relates to hazardous waste management, environmental remediation, and human exposure.

Quintena Tinson
Research Safety Specialist
Phone: 404-413-3568

Quintena Tinson is the Radiation Safety Specialist here at Georgia State University and joined the Research and Environmental Safety team in April of 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Savannah State University. Prior to joining the Research and Environmental Safety team she worked at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources serving as a compliance inspector in the Radioactive Materials Program for 6 years. During that time she gained a vast amount of knowledge in radiation safety and compliance, health physics, nuclear medicine, and industrial use of radioactive materials. Quintena is HAZWOPER certified and is a certified Radiation Safety Officer. She has interests in certification as a Health Physicist, and pursuing a Master’s of Public Health. Her responsibilities include but are not limited to surveying incoming radiological shipments, issuing and maintaining personnel dosimetry, conducting lab contamination surveys, and arranging radiation waste removal and pickup.