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
September 12, 2017

Emergent Biosolutions

300 Professional Dr.

Gaithersburg, MD 20879


Remote Location Available for this Meeting*

George Mason Univesity

Colgan Hall, Room 110L

10900 George Mason Circle

Manassas, VA 20110

*Remote Location will not have a dinner provided.

Speaker expected start time is 7:15 PM

William “Will” So, Ph.D. of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Will Present on:
“The Convergence of Science, Safety, and Security”

DATE:       September 12, 2017

WHERE:    Emergent Biosolutions

300 Professional Dr.

Gaithersburg, MD 20879


George Mason Univeristy

Colgan Hall, Room 110L

10900 George Mason Circle

Manassas, VA 20110

TIME:       6:00 pm - social hour; 6:30 pm - dinner and speaker

COST:       $30 for ChABSA members or $35 for non-members if RSVP and check received by 9/5/17 

$35 for members and $40 for non-members after 9/5/17 (checks must be received by due date to get early bird pricing)


William So is currently a Policy & Program Specialist for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate Biological Countermeasures Unit at FBI-Headquarters since 2006. In this capacity Will provides subject matter expertise, in the field of biological sciences, for matters dealing with FBI policy, national policy, response planning, and biosecurity matters. His current projects include bridging the gap between researchers/academics and law enforcement/security officials with all levels of stakeholders inside and outside of the U.S. in matters related to biosecurity, dual-use, emerging technologies, and pathogen security. Will earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology in 2005 and a Master’s of Science in Ecology in 1998 from The George Washington University.

Congratulations to our newly elected council




Our 2017/2018 Council

President:          Malcom Smith

Past President   Mark Tartaglia

President-elect  Matt Fischer

Treasurer           Polly McCarty

Secretary           Trisha Delarosa

Webmaster        Bruce Donato

Councilors         Meghan Seltzer, Sharon Altmann,

                            Amanda Perlman, Sarah McAbee



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