for 15 years and worked at multiple
institutions throughout his career. He
has been at Baylor College of Medicine
for eight years and currently supervises
ten managers who directly oversee 200
Alton Swennes, DVM, MS, DACLAM,
is Associate Director of the Center for
Comparative Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. His
research involves the use of gnotobiotic
animal models to study the microbiota
in a variety of disease contexts.
Cindy Buckmaster, Ph.D., CMAR,
RLATG, is the Director of the Center
for Comparative Medicine at Baylor
College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She
has developed training and education
programs for several institutions over
the years and has been the Director at
Baylor since 2011.
Upon completion of her residency in
June 2018 at Baylor College of Medicine,
she began employment as a clinical veterinarian at the University of Tennessee
Health Science Center in Memphis, TN
where she currently resides.
Stephanie Fowler, Ph.D., MA, RLATG,
completed her graduate and post-doctoral
work in neuroscience, with a particular
interest in animal models of human
diseases. She is currently the Operations
Manager for the CCM mouse production
colony and Germ Free facility, where her
interests include the use of animal models to study human disease and the role
of the microbiome in health and disease.
Chris Southern, CMAR, RLATG, is
the Associate Director of Husbandry
and Operations at Baylor College of
Medicine in Houston, TX. He’s been in
the field of Laboratory Animal Science
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Brianne Hibl, DVM, is a graduate of
the Atlantic Veterinary College at the
University of Prince Edward Island.
ALN spoke with Phil Roe, President of Unconfined Systems, to learn
more about bulk sterilizer safety.
What is meant by a fiber optic safety switch?
Modulated light is passed through fibers
in the pull cable to complete the control
circuit. The design criteria had to meet
the technical challenges of harsh environments, found in high vacuum sterilizers and wash equipment.
Why does there need to be additional safe-
ty systems in bulk sterilizers?
The Guide states: “entrapment must be eliminat-ed… an emergency shut-off mechanism that is easily accessible from anywhere inside the machine.”
The features/benefits page on your web site
lists non-safety benefits, why is this?
Features, such as emergency notifications and verification, provide
the infrastructure that supports a new generation of services. .
For more information, visit Unconfined Systems at the AALAS National Meeting, October 28 – November 1, in Baltimore, Maryland
or go to www.unconfined-systems.com.
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