Environmental Health & Safety

Maria Piccone

Maria Piccone
Ph.D., MS, RBP
High Containment Laboratory Director


(951) 827-4246

Environmental Health
& Safety (EH&S)
900 University Ave
Riverside, CA 92521


Oversight of the Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) Laboratory | Training of BSL3 Lab Personnel | Institutional Biosafety Committee | Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee | Standard Operating Procedure Guidance | Emergency Response to BSL3 Lab


Maria Elisa is a microbiologist with extensive research experience working in biosafety level (BSL) 2 and 3 laboratories at several high-profile scientific and educational institutions. Throughout her career, she has led many projects of varying complexity, managed grants, organized training courses, and provided technical instruction to college students and support personnel. Lately in her career, she has conducted laboratory inspections focused on compliance with regulations and guidelines; on safety; on security; and on maintenance and operations. She is proficient in biosafety, biosecurity and operations of high-containment laboratories, as well as in CDC Select Agent regulations, and has served as the Alternate Responsible Official for universities and government laboratories.

Education and Credentials

Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Virology, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Master of Science in Chemical Sciences, University of Maron, Argentina
Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP), American Biological Safety Association International
Member of the American Society for Virology


Maria Elisa provides technical expertise and regulatory guidance to BSL3 researchers and staff regarding Select Agent projects as part of the biosafety program at EH&S. She develops, writes, and updates laboratory-specific policies and SOPs for general, specific, and high-containment laboratories to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. She assists research investigators in obtaining the necessary permits and authorizations related to Select Agent possession, use, and transfer, in collaboration with the biosafety program. Maria Elisa schedules, coordinates, and manages operations for all high-containment laboratories and remains on-call 24hrs a day for emergency consultations and response.


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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Environmental Health & Safety
Environmental Health & Safety

Tel: (951) 827-5528
Fax: (951) 827-5122
E-mail: ehs@ucr.edu