Biosafety and Occupational Health Department: About Us

Biosafety Program


Xiaohong Chen, MS, CBSP, Biosafety Specialist
Nik Prenevost, Biosafety Specialist
Nancy Rolstad, MS, RBP, Biosafety Specialist
Robin Tobias, MPH, Biosafety Specialist


Phone: (612) 626-6002
Email: [email protected]

Biosafety Program Responsibilities

The Biosafety Team is part of the Biosafety and Occupational Health Department (BOHD) and is responsible for system-wide coordination and oversight of biosafety, biocontainment, and biosecurity. This includes the administration of the federally-mandated Select Agent program. The Biosafety Team serves as subject matter experts and provides the University community with technical guidance, training, and resources to promote a culture of safety in biological research, teaching, and diagnostic activities. This work is risk assessment-based, and involves the interpretation of federal, state, and University regulations and guidelines.

For information about our Biosafety services, visit the BOHD Services page. 

Occupational Health Program


Erica Nystrom Santacruz, MS, Occupational Health Program Manager
Ellie Block, Occupational Health Program Associate

Office Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST)
Weekends: Closed


Phone: (612) 626-5008 
Confidential Fax: (612) 626-9643
Email: [email protected]

Note: Email/voicemail are only answered during office hours. When leaving a message, provide:

  • Your name
  • Student/employee ID#
  • Details of your situation

Occupational Health Program Responsibilities

The Occupational Health team is a part of the Biosafety and Occupational Health Department (BOHD), and has system-wide responsibility for protecting the health of all employees, students, volunteers, and visitors who participate in activities related to the University's missions of teaching, research, and service. We do this by helping employees understand and meet the requirements of our established programs, maintaining accurate compliance records, and working with our contracted occupational health provider to facilitate medical services and consulting.

For information about our Occupational Health services, visit the BOHD Services page.

For information about occupational health programs, visit the Occupational Health Programs page.