Welcome to ChABSA

ChABSA, the Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association, is an incorporated, non-profit organization that is an affiliate of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) established in 1984. ChABSA was established in 1987 by local area members of ABSA with a similar interest in the safety of research using microorganisms and recombinant DNA. 




2014 Scientific Symposium


The Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association’s (ChABSA) annual Scientific Symposium will be held at the Frederick Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Frederick, MD on June 25, 2014. To register please follow this link.


ChABSA will be offering Pre-Symposium Courses

on Tuesday, June 24, 2014!

Courses have been selected for the pre-symposium. Follow this link for more information.


Call for Volunteers!!!

ChABSA is looking for interested persons to serve on the 2014 ChABSA Pre-Symposium Course Committee!

Are you looking for a way to get involved and make a difference in your organization?

This is it!!!


The last two years have been such a success for ChABSA offering the Pre-Symposium courses in coordination with its Annual Scientific Symposium, and the feedback has been extremely positive! ChABSA is looking to build on this success and offer even more courses this year to meet the needs of our local Biosafety and Biosecurity community.

But we can’t do this without you!

We are in need of volunteers to serve on the 2014 ChABSA Pre-Symposium Course Committee.

Committee members would be involved in:

  • Reviewing course submissions (they will be due March 28, 2014)
  • Selecting the courses (must be completed by April 11, 2014)
  • Communicating with the instructors to receive and review the course materials
  • Developing the course materials and handouts
  • Facilitating the courses on June 24, 2014, at the Holiday Inn in Frederick, MD. 


If you are interested, willing, and able to work with a group of your colleagues to make this happen, please email Angela Ragan, 2014 Pre-Symposium Course Committee Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Thank you!