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

Morland Head Shot 

Melissa Morland

Meeting Announcement - Save the Date!

November 10, 2016

Locattion TBD


"Synthetic Bio"


Date:               November 10, 2016

Location:         TBD



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

Cost:              $30/$40 member/non-member by 11/1/16*, $35/$45 after 11/1/16

*checks must be recieved by 11/1/16 for early bird pricing.

sorry no refunds





The Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association (ChABSA) is requesting a Call for Courses for the ChABSA Winter Workshop to be held Tuesday, December 6, 2016 on the MedImmune-Gaithersburg Campus.

To promote biosafety as a scientific discipline and serve the growing needs of our local biosafety professionals, we are seeking half-day (4 hour) and full-day (8 hour) courses. All topics related to biological safety, including original research, are acceptable; however, feel free to submit an abstract outside those listed on the attached Call for Proposals Form. Additionally, course presenters will be compensated for their time.

Course proposals for the ChABSA Winter Workshop should be outlined in the attached form and submitted to Kim DiGiandomenico, Workshop Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Submissions must be received by the deadline of SEPTEMBER 30, 2016.
Instructors will be notified of the Workshop Committee’s decision the following week.



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



September 13, 2016

November 10, 2016

January 18, 2017

March 14, 2017

May 16, 2017



PRE-SYMPOSIUM WORKSHOPS   June 13, 2017, Holiday Inn, Frederick, MD

SCEINTIFIC SYMPSOIUM June 14, 2017, Holiday Inn Frederick. MD