Welcome to ChABSA

The Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association (ChABSA), is an incorporated, non-profit organization that is an affiliate of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA). 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.

Congratulations to the 2016 Biosafety Professional of the Year

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Melissa Morland

Meeting Announcement

September 13, 2016

Emergent Biosolutions

300 Professional Dr.

Gaithersburg, MD 20879


John Heddleston, PhD of the HHMI Janelia

Research Campus

Will Present On:

"Capturing the Dynamics of Life Using Lattice Light Sheet Microscopy"


Date:               September 13, 2016

Location:         Emergent Biosolutions

                       300 Professional Drive

                       Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Time:              6:00 PM - social hour, 6:30 PM - dinner and speaker

Cost:              $30/$40 member/non-member by 9/8/16*, $35/$45 after 9/8/16

*checks must be recieved by 9/8/16 for early bird pricing.

sorry no refunds


John Heddleston has over a decade of experience at the interdisciplinary boundary of engineering, physics, and biology. Prior to joining the Advanced Imaging Center at Janelia, he was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD. John received his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where he investigated the influence of the tumor microenvironment on glioblastoma multiforme tumorigenicity. John has been a part of the Advanced Imaging Center at HHMI Janelia since the beginning, nearly 2.5 years ago. As part of the AIC, John helps potential visitors develop their project proposal as well as their experimental design. Once the visitor arrives at Janelia, John assists with sample preparation, mounting, and imaging using (primarily) the lattice light sheet microscope.



Our 2016/2017 Board:

President:          Mark Tartaglia

Past President   Bill Martin

President-elect  Malcom Smith

Treasurer           Polly McCarty

Secretary           Trisha Delarosa

Webmaster        Bruce Donato

Councilors         Meghan Seltzer, Kim DiGiandomenico,

                            Amanda Perlman, Matthew Fischer



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