Legionella Testing / Biosafety Training

Who is our Control of Biohazards Director?

Who is our Control of Biohazards Director?

Richard Gilpin – Control of Biohazards Course Director


Richard W. Gilpin, Ph.D., RBP, CBSP is the director of the Control of Biohazards course that was started by Byron S. Tepper, Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD in 1979. Dr. Richard Gilpin co-directed the course with Dr. Tepper from 1989 until Dr. Tepper’s retirement in 2010. He continues this biosafety training program at various locations in the United States and overseas. The one week course at the Johns Hopkins University Mt. Washington Conference Center and Hotel continues in 2017.

Dr. Richard Gilpin is a microbiologist and was a medical school faculty member for nearly thirty-five years. He was recently Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Compliance Officer at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, Central Administration.

He was formerly Biosafety Officer at the University of Maryland Baltimore and Biosafety Officer at the Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD for many years where he headed the biosafety division staff of five individuals.

Richard Gilpin was formerly Assistant Professor of Medicine at the JHU School of Medicine, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, R&D Manager at Becton Dickinson and Company in vitro diagnostics, and Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania (MCP, now Drexel University).

Dr. Richard Gilpin is a basic/clinical/industrial research microbiologist with more than 45 years of experience in research, product development, biosafety, and environmental health. He directed the medical school second year microbiology and immunology course at MCP for several years and also directed research techniques and safety courses for graduate students and pharmaceutical company marketing personnel.

He is a Registered and Certified Biological Safety Professional, a past Councilor (elected Officer), past Chair of the Technical Resources Committee, and current member of the Bylaws Committee at ABSA International. He is a past president of the Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association, a 51 year member of the American Society for Microbiology, and an emeritus Biosafety Specialist Microbiologist with the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists. Dr. Richard Gilpin is a member of the NSF International NSF/ANSI Standard 49 Biosafety Cabinetry: Design, Construction, Performance, and Field Certification Joint Committee and is responsible for major edits of Annex E.

He is a recognized court expert witness who specializes on the quantitative testing of Legionella species in warm water-containing mechanical equipment as director of the GTS Legionella Water Testing Laboratory.

As President of R. Gilpin, Limited, a Maryland Corporation founded in 1981, his consulting includes expert witness testimony, environmental microbiology, indoor air quality, laboratory and hospital safety, as well as research compliance in the areas of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids, human subjects, animal research, material transfer agreements, shipping certification, invention disclosures, and research grant/contract reporting.