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 Technical Seminar Announcement

Dr. Karen R. Lips of

University of Maryland, College Park

Will Present on:

“Emerging Infectious Diseases of Wildlife: A Biosecurity Threat”

Dr. Karen Lips is Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland. She has a B.S. in Zoology from the University of South Florida, and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Miami. She is a field ecologist who studies how global change affects biodiversity. She is interested in how the loss of biodiversity affects communities and ecosystems, and how human activities contribute to the spread of disease and loss of biodiversity. Dr. Lips was a Jefferson Science Fellow at the Department of State, where she worked in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, in the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, and where she served as an Embassy Science Fellow in Colombia. Dr. Lips is a Research Associate at the US Museum of Natural History, an AAAS Leshner Leadership Public Engagement Fellow, an AAAS Fellow, an ESA Fellow, and an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow. She was awarded the President's Award of the Chicago Zoological Society, a Bay and Paul Biodiversity Leadership Award, the Sabin Amphibian Conservation Award in 2012, and the inaugural UMD Impact Communicator Award. Dr. Lips is interested in increasing engagement on environmental issues, promoting scientific leadership, and fostering international scientific collaborations.

 Click here to register

(remote viewing is available during the registration process)

Date and Time:  May 15, 2019

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

Locations and Fees:

Speaker Location MedImmune Main Building, 1 MedImmune Way, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

    Fees include dinner

ChABSA members: $30 if RSVP and Check or Payment Received by 5/1/19, $35 after 5/1/19

ChABSA non-members: $35 if RSVP and Check or Payment Received by 5/1/19, $40 after 5/1/19


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

Sorry no refunds.

Registration is open for the Symposium and Workshops.  Click here for more details.


Remember to log in prior to selecting Calendar (Event Sign-ups)

Follow ChABSA FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn





Our 2018/2019 Council

President:          Matthew Fischer

Past President   Malcom Smith

President-elect  Sharon Altmann

Treasurer           Polly McCarty

Secretary           Trisha Delarosa

Webmaster        Bruce Donato

Councilors         Amanda Perlman, Sarah McAbee, Kelly Flint, Joany Jackman



September 13, 2018

November 13, 2018

January 16, 2019

March 12, 2019

May 15, 2019

2019 Annual Scientific Symposium, Workshops, and 6.2 Shipping course

June 4, 5, 6, 2019

facebook logo  twitter2  linkedin