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

Tuesday March 13, 2018

Houlihan's- Columbia

8240 Gateway Overlook

Elkridge, MD 21075

( Click here for Remote Viewing Options)

Robert K. Ernst, PhD. of the University of Maryland, Baltimore

Will Present on:

"Structure Matters:  Making Bacterial Molecules Work for Us"

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Date:  March 13, 2018, Registration and Social Hour 6:00 - 6:30

          Estimated time of speaker presentation 7:15 - 7:30 EST

Location:  (Speaker) Houlihan's 8240 Gateway Overlook, Elkridge (Columbia), MD 21075 or

(Remote) George Mason University, Colgan Hall, Room 110L, 10900 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110


ChABSA members: $30 if RSVP and Check or Payment Received by 2/27/18, $35 after 2/27/18

ChABSA non-members: $35 if RSVP and Check or Payment Received by 2/27/18, $40 after 2/27/18.

Individual Remote Viewing:  $30 flat fee.  NOTE:  This registration is by credit card only and closes on March 10, 2018


Dr. Robert (Bob) Ernst is a Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis in the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He currently serves as Chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee for the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Last fall, Dr. Ernst was honored as UMB Researcher of the Year for his work studying the molecular basis by which gram-negative bacteria modify the lipid A component of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and how these alterations affect or circumvent normal host innate immune system responses.


If you cannot make it to Columbia the seminar may also be viewed at our remote location in Manassas, Virginia. The Manassas location will provide appetizers and desserts.  Please bring your own dinner and drink to network with other biosafety professionals starting at 6:00pm. 


We are excited to announce that the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) Cyber Chapter is collaborating with ChABSA to host remote viewing capabilities using webinar technology.  With 48 hours after registering, you will recieve a link to join the meeting live.  During the presentation you will be able to interact live with the presenter and audience.  Click here to register for remote viewing.  Remote viewing registration is by credit card only.


The estimated start time of the presentation is 7:15 - 7:30 EST


Sorry no refunds.

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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,

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