About the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)


MSU has established an institutional committee competent to oversee the institution's animal program, facilities, and projects involving the use of animals. This committee has been designated as the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC is devoted to the principle of carrying out meaningful scientific research through the use of laboratory animals in accordance with humane standards.

The primary function of the IACUC is to assist our faculty, students and staff in upholding MSU 's determination to assure the finest care and most humane utilization of our laboratory and wild animals. To this end, every research, testing, and teaching project involving the use of a live vertebrate animal must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC prior to initiation. The flow chart linked here will help you in determining if IACUC approval is required:

IACUC flow chart

The IACUC, therefore, shares with the investigator the responsibility for the ethical decisions made regarding the care and use of animals. The investigator, however, assumes the principal responsibility, and it is the investigator as well as other personnel involved in the care and use of animals that ultimately assures the fulfillment of the institutional commitment to the values stated in this document and the continuance of animal-based research at these institutions.

View IACUC 101 Slides for basic information about the IACUC process at MSU. 

IACUC Chair: Lisa Hazard, PhD

IACUC Coordinator: Mylka Biascochea

Research Compliance Officer: Hila Berger

Phone number: 973-655-3021

Email: IACUC@montclair.edu