Jonathan Richmond, PhD
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Jonathan Y. Richmond, Ph.D.  


  • 1967, Ph.D., Genetics, Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1964, MS, Genetics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • 1962, BA, Zoology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

  • 2015-present: Biosafety consultant            
  • 2002-2015: Consultant, CEO Jonathan Richmond & Associates      
  • 2002-2012: Consultant to WHO Biosafety Programme
  • 1990-2002: Director, Office of Health and Safety, CDC, Atlanta, GA
  • 1990-2002: Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Applied Biosafety and Training, CDC, Atlanta, GA
  • 1983-1990: Chief, Safety Operations Section, Occupational Safety and Health Branch, NIH Division of Safety, Bethesda, MD 
  • 1979-1983: Biological Safety Officer, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, USDA, Greenport, NY
  • 1969-1979: Research Microbiologist, PIADC, USDA, ARS, Greenport, NY           
  • 1967-1969: Post-Doctoral Resident Research Fellow, PIADC, Greenport, NY

Professional Interests:                    
Mentoring biosafety officers; program management; Editing & writing; Biological Safety with expertise in containment labs; Biosecurity; General Occupational Safety and Health, including Animal (Bio) Safety; Communication and Training; HIV/AIDS Education (Director of HIV/AIDS Workplace Education, CDC/ATSDR)

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) President 1986-1987; Chairperson, 31st Biological Safety Conference, Bethesda, 1988. Chesapeake Area Chapter, President 1989-1990; Anthology editor
  • American Academy of Microbiology (AAM)
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Coordinator Biosafety Workshops (1986, 89, 94, 98, 99) Member Lab Safety Committee (1993-1997)
  • Chairperson, CDC's Biannual National Symposium on Biosafety (1992 – 2008)            
  • Co-chair, BSL-4 Users Group (1992-2008)
  • National Committee on Clinical Laboratory Standards, (1992, 2002) 
  • Board of Directors, Environmental and Chemical Safety Education Institute            
  • Board of Directors, Providence Home (for children in stressed environments)            
  • International Advisory Group on Biosafety and Biosecurity (Russia. 2004 - 07)            
  • International Working Group on Biosafety (member since 2000) 

Selected Honors:
  • Elected Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology (1980). 
  • Awarded Silver Beaver for Distinguished Service to Youth, Suffolk County Council, Boy Scouts of America, May 1981    
  • Presented the Everett Hanel, Jr Presidential Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to ABSA that have promoted the field of biological safety and fostered, by example, the high professional standards of ABSA’s membership. (1995).  
  • Presented the Arnold G. Wedum Distinguished Achievement Award, the highest honor of the American Biological Safety Association, In recognition of outstanding contributions to biological safety accomplished through teaching, service and leadership (1999).  
  • Selected Distinguished Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2000   


  • Fifty scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.   
  • Richmond, JY, Editor.  Anthologies of Biosafety, volumes I - XIV, 1999-2015, ABSA.  
  • Richmond, JY and RW McKinney, Editors.  CDC/NIH, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, 3rd & 4th editions, 1993 &1999, and contributing editor to the 5th edition, 2007.  
  • WHO, Laboratory Biosafety Manual, 2nd & 3rd editions, contributing editor
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