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
November 9, 2017


65 West Watkins Mill Road

Gaithersburg, MD 20878


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 7:00 PM

Ruben Donis, Ph.D. of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Will Present on:
“Preparedness for Avian Influenza Virus A (H7N9) Infections”

DATE:       November 9, 2017

WHERE:    MRIGlobal (primary location of speaker)*

65 West Watkins Mill Road

Gaithersburg, MD 20878


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.  Speaker will begin at 7:00 to accomodate remote participants. 

COST*:       $30 for ChABSA members or $35 for non-members if RSVP and check received by 10/26/17 

$35 for members and $40 for non-members after 10/26/17 (checks must be received by due date to get early bird pricing)


Ruben Donis, Ph.D., is the acting Director of the Division of Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, within HHS. The Division is charged with the advanced development and procurement of medical and non-pharmaceutical countermeasures (MCM) to prepare and respond to pandemic influenza and emerging infectious diseases (EID). The Division uses an integrated portfolio approach to develop and acquire a broad array of medical countermeasures for pandemic influenza and EID.  

*sorry no refunds


*MRIGlobal has served as a preeminent US biodefense screening lab processing and analyzing over 800,000 samples from Continental US and Outside Continental US (CONUS/OCONUS) locations for the past 15 years.  Their screening program is a 24 hour multi-shift program involving cutting edge microbiological, molecular and immunoassay technologies.  If you are interested in touring the labs affiliated with this program, tours will be provided during the social hour.

Please make sure your profile on the ChABSA website is up-to-date. Due to the security classification of the MRIGlobal facility, we must provide them with the name, company, and address of all visitors. If you are a Foreign National, please contact Malcolm Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as additional information must be collected for this security screening.


All visitors to the MRI Global facility must present a valid ID when checking in (driver’s license/state ID card for US Citizens or a passport for Foreign Nationals).

If you cannot make it to Gaithersburg, we are excited to announce that the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) Cyber Chapter is collaborating with ChABSA to host remote viewing capabilities. The seminar may be viewed at our remote location in Manassas, Virginia. Further details are available at 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.

Remote Location:

George Mason University

Colgan Hall room 110L

10900 George Mason Circle

Manassas, VA 20110

Talk is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm.

Please note that registration will close for the Gaithersburg location on November 2nd for Foreign Nationals and November 4th for US Citizens to allow for security checks. Last minute registrations should plan to attend the Manassas location.


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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