ChABSA Technical Seminar Announcement


In Person and Virtual Option


Susan Cropp of the FBI

Will present on:

Economic Impact and Biosecurity Challenges of Advances in Synthetic Biology



This presentation will discuss some of the benefits of recent advances in synthetic biology and the impact of those advances on the larger bioeconomy. The presentation will also cover some of the emerging biosecurity challenges that these advances create. 



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DATE:       March 9, 2023

WHERE:   Johns Hopkins Advanced Physics Lab, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723 (directions below) – OR - Virtual platform (GoToWebinar)

TIME:        6:00 PM registration, Dinner 6:15, Presentation 6:45 All times Eastern and are estimates

COST:       ChABSA members early bird (by 2/28/23) $20 (remember to login prior to registering), $25 regular, Non-Members, $25/$30


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Speaker Bio


Susan Cropp began her 20-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Forensic Examiner in the Mitochondrial DNA Unit at the FBI Laboratory. From that position, she transitioned to the FBI’s Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center, as a supervisor for the DNA Analysis group.  Dr. Cropp is currently serving as a Management and Program Analyst with the Chemical Biological Countermeasures Unit in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate of the FBI, participating in outreach and countermeasure initiatives to prevent the production, acquisition, and misuse of biological agents.  Dr. Cropp earned a PhD in Evolution and Population Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. 



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When on Rte 29 visitors should exit at Johns Hopkin Rd going West bound.

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 Sorry no refunds.


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