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. 


Workshop locations stay the same.

Symposium start time changed and venue moved to

Mount St. Mary's Frederick Campus (1/2 mile away)


Unfortunately, we were notified on Wednesday that the ballroom and exhibitor space at the Clarion Inn would be unavailable for June 5th due to construction and we would have to move the symposium to the hotel courtyard, with exhibitors set up in the lobby. ChABSA council members quickly went to view this space and found it unacceptable. After careful consideration, we have decided to move our June 5th  symposium to Mount St. Mary's University Frederick Campus (5350 Spectrum Drive, Frederick, MD). This space will better suit our needs and is less than a half mile from our original location.




The start time of the symposium will be moved back to 8:30.  Doors open at 8:00.  Please arrive early to expedite the registration process.




Please note that the pre-symposium workshops on June 4th and the shipping course on June 6th will remain at the Clarion Inn. I apologize for the short notice and any inconvenience. We've worked hard to create a terrific program for this event and remain excited to see you all there.






Pre-Symposium Workshops:

June 4, 2019 (8:00am – 5:00pm)


Click here for details - Registration is open. 


Scientific Symposium

June 5, 2019 (8:00am – 5:00pm)

JUST ADDED remote attendance.  Click here to register for the remote option.


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Robert Emery 

“Making Your Biosafety Message Stick! 35 Years of Powerful Quotes Collected on Sticky Notes”

Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Professor of Occupational Health

The University of Texas School of Public Health

Click here to register. 


Technical Seminar Speakers


Priya Duggal,PhD, MPH

From Polio to AFM: “Sooner or later everything old is new again”

Malcolm Smith

Laboratory Decommissioning

Jeff Potts

An Update on the BMBL 6th Edition

Meghan Seltzer

The HHMI Janelia Research Campus AL-SET Program:  Creating a Collaborative Relationship with Safety Since 2015

Richard Police

Contract Lab Cleaning – What do you need to look for?

David Harbourt

Validation and utility of a bleach based chemical effluent decontamination system (CEDS) for biocontainment laboratories

Matthew Fisher

Flipping the Table(top): Successes & Failures Creating the Select Agent Exercise of My Dreams

Tricia Delarosa

Revision of the Screening Framework Guidance for Providers of Synthetic DNA

Matthew Sharkey

HB383/SB187; Maryland Department of Health – Biosafety Level 3 Laboratories


Sorry no refunds.



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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



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