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. 

ChABSA Meeting Announcement

Dr. Kristen Reifel and Dr. Brandon Swan of

The National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasure Center (NBACC)

Will Present on:

Biosafety Concerns of Cell Sorting: Policies, Procedures, and PPE

Dr. Kristen M. Reifel is a Principal Investigator in the Genomics group at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC). She is also a member of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC) Biosafety Committee, and recently selected as an ISAC Shared Resource Laboratory Emerging Leader. She received her PhD in Oceanography from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining NBACC, Dr. Reifel was a Research Associate at the J.J. MacIsaac Flow Cytometry Facility at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Maine and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Oregon State University. Dr. Reifel has used flow cytometry in research on both land and at sea, and she is now focused on single cell analysis and sorting of microbes from complex samples for genomic sequencing at NBACC. 


Dr. Brandon K. Swan is a Principal Investigator in the Genomics group at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC). He received his PhD in Marine Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Single Cell Genomics Center located at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, the first user facility established for single cell genomic sequencing. Before joining the NBACC, his research focused on developing single cell genomics technology to explore the metabolic potential of the uncultured microbial “dark matter” in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. His research group at NBACC has established a flow cytometry-based single cell genomics capability for bioforensic applications. 

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(remote viewing is available during the registration process)

Date and Time:  March 12, 2019

                          6:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Talk begins between 7:00 PM and 7:15 PM EST

Locations and Fees:

Speaker Location Hood College, Coblentz Hall*, 650 Blazer Trail, Frederick, MD 21701

    Fees include dinner

ChABSA members: $30 if RSVP and Check or Payment Received by 2/, $35 after 2/25/19

ChABSA non-members: $35 if RSVP and Check or Payment Received by 2/25/19, $40 after 2/25/19

 * We have reserved a space in Coblentz Hall, 650 Blazer Trail (#6 on the attached map). The entrance to the Coblentz Seminar Room is to the right of the front staircase, just down and to the right into the lower level. Parking can be found in the chapel parking lot.



Individual Remote Viewing via Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) Cyber Chapter (webinar with real time interaction with speaker)


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