The ChABSA Council reviewed options for

the May Technical Seminar and the Annual Scientific

Symposium and Workshops. 

All of these events will be virtual.

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Click below for the May technical seminar


COVID-19 Technical Details for EHS Professionals

The AHMP Cyber Chapter together with the Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association (ChABSA) hosted this webinar on 3/10/20 by Dr. Michael Sauri.  The slide deck is available in the library section of the website.  Click here for a link to the recording on the AHMP Cyber Chapter Website.




ChABSA Technical Seminar Announcement

May 12, 2020 - JHU-APL, Laurel, MD

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Dr. Gigi Gronvall of Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

Will Present on:

Preparing for Synthetic Biology and What comes Next

Abstract: Synthetic biology and other emerging biotechnologies are changing medicine, agriculture, and manufacturing in powerful ways. Gene editing techniques like CRISPR, DNA synthesis technologies, and increased computing power are accelerating these timelines. In the coming years, biotechnology advances are likely to be used-- and misused—affecting national and international security. What kinds of beneficial public health options will be available due to advances in biotechnology? What are the possibilities for limiting misuse, accidents, or biological weapons? What are the implications for public health preparedness and response? What policy and investment steps need to be taken, now? And finally, how is synthetic biology being applied to COVID-19?

Gronvall head shot


Gigi Gronvall is a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Gronvall is the author of the book Synthetic Biology: Safety, Security, and Promise, published in fall 2016 (Health Security Press) and Preparing for Bioterrorism: The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Leadership in Biosecurity. (2013) She is a member of the Novel and Exceptional Technology and Research Advisory Committee (NExTRAC) which provides recommendations to the NIH Director and is a public forum for the discussion of the scientific, safety, and ethical issues associated with emerging biotechnologies. Dr. Gronvall is a member of the Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC), which provides the Secretary of Defense with independent advice and recommendations on reducing the risk to the United States, its military forces, and its allies and partners posed by nuclear, biological, chemical, and conventional threats. She served as the Science Advisor for the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism from April 2009 until February 2010. Dr. Gronvall is an Associate Editor of the journal Health Security, and is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Dr. Gronvall received a BS in biology from Indiana University, Bloomington, worked as a protein chemist at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and received a PhD from Johns Hopkins University for work on T-cell receptor/MHC I interactions.



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DATE:  May 12, 2020



TIME:   6:30 pm - speaker


COST:  $30 for ChABSA members or $35 for non-members if  RSVP and check received by 5/7/20

                     $35 for members and $40 for non-members after 5/7/20 (checks must be received by due date to get early bird pricing)



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Our 2019/2020 Council

President:          Sharon Altmann

Past President   Matthew Fischer

President-elect  Amanda Perlman

Treasurer           Polly McCarty

Secretary           Matt Sharkey

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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.  

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