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John Henneman

Director, Biocontainment Operations  John Henneman photo

jrh78@k-state.edu

Responsibilities and Experience

As the Director of Biocontainment Operations, John Henneman’s primary role is to provide leadership in biocontainment operations management to include oversight in maintenance management, research program support, information technology, and security management along with continued development of policies to support infectious disease research. John directs operations to ensure compliance with applicable regulations, laws, and guidelines relevant to biocontainment facilities and oversees all facility logistics required for the research mission.  He works with the Director of the BRI to ensure the needs of the scientific program are met and collaborates with faculty and staff to develop training programs for current and future employees of the BRI.  John has over 37 years of experience in scientific research and research laboratory operations.  Previous positions include working as a research associate at the Laboratory of Comparative Carcinogenesis, National Cancer Institute; as a lab operations coordinator and then administrator at the Battelle Biomedical Research Center; and as Manager of Biocontainment Operations at the Pell Laboratory for Advanced Biological Research, The Pennsylvania State University. His expertise includes the design, construction, commissioning, and operation of biocontainment facilities, along with the unique ability to understand research needs and equip the facility to accommodate them.  At Battelle, John also served as Chairman of an Environment, Safety, Health, and Surety Committee. At PSU he served on the Institutional Biosafety Committee, Safety Council, and Process Safety Management Focus Group.  John is an American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP).  He has also been an instructor or lecturer for ABSA and the Eagleson Institute.  John served as one of ABSA’s representatives to the NIH Design Requirements Manual revision committee and as chairman of the ABSA task team supporting ABSA’s involvement with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committee to develop a national standard for the verification of BSL-3 facility performance (ANSI Z9.14-2019), and on the non-government review team to provide a revised version of Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) Appendix D – Agriculture Pathogen Biosafety, for the 6th edition of the BMBL.

Previous Positions

  • The Pennsylvania State University, Manager, Pell ABSL-3 Laboratory for Advanced Biological Research, 2011-2016
  • Battelle Biomedical Research Center, Laboratory Coordinator/Space Administrator, 1995-2010
  • Program Resources Inc./DynCorp, Research Associate, 1987-1995
  • Microbiological Associates, Inc., Laboratory Technician, 1983-1987

Education

  • ABSA Classes in BSL-3, BSL3Ag, and BSL-4 Biocontainment Operations, 2004-2019
  • Graduate course work in Biomedical Sciences, Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), National Institutes of Health, Campus, Bethesda, MD
  • MS, Environmental Biology, Hood College, Frederick, MD
  • BA, Biology, Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA
Selected Publications
  1. Jennette, J. Paul, Grimaldo, Miguel A., and Henneman, John R., Containment Talk - Meet the Containment Guys, Applied Biosafety, Volume 17, Number 4, 2012.
  2. Jennette, J. Paul, Grimaldo, Miguel A., and Henneman, John R., Containment Talk - Directional Airflow- Where (and When) Do We Need It? Applied Biosafety, Volume 18, Number 1, 2013.
  3. Jennette, J. Paul, Grimaldo, Miguel A., and Henneman, John R., Containment Talk - Effluent Handling in the Necropsy Suite's Biosafety Cabinet, Applied Biosafety, Volume 18, Number 2, 2013.
  4. Jennette, J. Paul, Grimaldo, Miguel A., and Henneman, John R., Containment Talk - Air and Gas Filtration Systems, Applied Biosafety, Volume 18, Number 3, 2013.
  5. Jennette, J. Paul, Grimaldo, Miguel A., and Henneman, John R., Containment Talk - Airflow Reversal, Applied Biosafety, Volume 18, Number 4, 2013.
  6. Jennette, J. Paul, Grimaldo, Miguel A., and Henneman, John R., Containment Talk - Directional Airflow Testing, Applied Biosafety, Volume 19, Number 1, 2014.
  7. Jennette, J. Paul, Grimaldo, Miguel A., and Henneman, John R., Containment Talk - Directional Airflow and Risk Assessment, Applied Biosafety, Volume 19, Number 2, 2014.
  8. Jennette, J. Paul, Grimaldo, Miguel A., and Henneman, John R., Containment Talk - Containment, Applied Biosafety, Volume 19, Number 3, 2014.
  9. Jennette, J. Paul, Grimaldo, Miguel A., and Henneman, John R., Containment Talk - Key Elements for Successful Establishment of a Containment Laboratory: Establishing the Need for a Laboratory and its Long-term Prospects, Applied Biosafety, Volume 20, Number 1, 2015.
  10. Jennette, J. Paul, Grimaldo, Miguel A., and Henneman, John R., Containment Talk - Key Elements for the Successful Establishment of a Containment Laboratory: The Early Stages of the Project, Applied Biosafety, Volume 20, Number 2, 2015.
  11. Jennette, J. Paul, Grimaldo, Miguel A., and Henneman, John R., Containment Talk - Key Elements for the Successful Establishment of a Containment Laboratory: From Construction to Start-up, Applied Biosafety, Volume 20, Number 3, 2015.
  12. Jennette, J. Paul, Grimaldo, Miguel A., and Henneman, John R., Containment Talk - Key Elements for the Successful Establishment of a Containment Laboratory: Initiating Operations and Forming an Operations Team, Applied Biosafety, Volume 21, Number 2, 2016. 

Selected Presentations

  1. Frasier, Dan and Henneman, John R., 14th CDC International Symposium on Biosafety, Biosafety Management-Planning for the Future by Learning from the Past, Establishing Effective BSL-3 Facility Performance Criteria, Atlanta, GA January 2016.
  2. Grimaldo, Miguel A., Jennette, J. Paul, and Henneman, John R., Advanced BSL-3 Facility Operations, 59th Annual Biological Safety Conference, Grapevine, TX October 2016.
  3. Fitzgerald, M., Griffith, N., Halkjaer-Knudsen, V., and Henneman, J., Facility Operational Biosafety, USDA/ARS 4th International Biosafety and Biocontainment Symposium, Global Risk Challenges – Agriculture and Beyond. Baltimore, MD, February 2017.
  4. Henneman, John R., Jennette, J. Paul, and Grimaldo, Miguel A., Biocontainment Laboratory Operations. 60th Annual Biological Safety Conference, Albuquerque, NM October 2017.
  5. Henneman, John R. and Cook, Dan, 15th CDC International Symposium on Biosafety, Biosafety in the Era of One Health, Establishing Effective Biocontainment Facility Performance Criteria, Atlanta, GA February 2018.
  6. Henneman, John R. Biocontainment Operations:  Keeping Routine Maintenance a Priority.  14th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium, Biosecurity Research Institute, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS August 2018.
  7. Grimaldo, Miguel A., Jennette, J. Paul, and Henneman, John R., Advance BSL-3 Facility Operations, 61st Annual Biological Safety Conference, Charleston, SC, October 2018.
  8. Henneman, John R., and Grimaldo, Miguel A., Risks of Deferred Maintenance in High-Containment Facilities, USDA/ARS 5th International Biosafety and Biocontainment Symposium, Biorisk and Facility Challenges in Agriculture. Baltimore, MD, February 2019.
  9. Henneman, John R.  Risks of Deferred Maintenance.  Symposium Platform Session- Facilities: The Life Cycle of Risk.  USDA/ARS 5th International Biosafety and Biocontainment Symposium, Biorisk and Facility Challenges in Agriculture. Baltimore, MD, February 2019.
  10. Henneman, John R. Consequences of Deferring Routine Maintenance.  15th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, August 2019.
  11. Henneman, John R., Jennette, J. Paul, and Grimaldo, Miguel A., Biocontainment Laboratory Operations. Establishing a Plan, Right from the Start.  62nd Annual Biological Safety Conference, Birmingham, AL, November 2019. (class accepted)
  12. Henneman, John R., and Grimaldo, Miguel A., Risks and Consequences and the Basic Development of Facility Risk Assessment, 16th CDC International Symposium on Biosafety, The Power of Risk Assessment, Atlanta, GA, February 2020. (class accepted)