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Applied Microbiology from the Isolate to the Ecosystem

February 21-22, 2020

Join DC area microbial scientists (professionals and students) for an exciting meeting of science and networking!!

​The Spring Meeting is a 2-day symposium with day 1 being student-focused and day 2 covering “Applied Microbiology from the Isolate to the Ecosystem.” Our goal with the 2-day format is to provide different platforms for DC area students and professionals to communicate and learn about important topics in the microbial sciences. To learn more about each section of the meeting use the buttons below. 


  • Registration is required and the fee covers lunch, refreshments, and continuing education credits.

    • $10 for students & postdocs (for both days of the meeting)

    • $30 for professionals

  • This event is open to all -- students and early career scientists are especially encouraged to attend.

  • ASM Washington, D.C. Branch (DC ASM) is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.
  • Note: there will be no on-site registration.
Full Meeting
February 22, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

​American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
​1200 New York Ave NW
​Washington, DC 20005

The building entrance is at the corner of H and 12th Streets NW.

Keynote Speaker

Climate, Oceans, and the Human Microbiome


Dr. Rita R. Colwell

Distinguished University Professor 

Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics

University of Maryland

Website: https://cbmg.umd.edu/faculty/ritacolwell​

ASM Distinguished Lecturer

The Sphagnum Phytobiome: A Team of Ecosystem Engineers in Resource Limited Peatlands

Dr. Joel E. Kostka

Schools of Biology and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Georgia Institute of Technology

Website: http://www.joelkostka.net

Invited Speaker

From Bat Swabs to Human Blood: Enrichment Sequencing for Enhanced Detection and Genetic Characterization of Pathogens

Dr. Kimberly A. Bishop-Lilly

Head, Genomics & Bioinformatics Dept.

Naval Medical Research Center

Early Career Speakers

Infection-elicited microbiota enhances colonization resistance 


Dr. Apollo Stacy

IRTA Postdoctoral Fellow

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Mycobacterium tuberculosis mmpL11 is required for plasma membrane homeostasis in lipid-rich conditions

Dr. Ankur Bothra

Visiting Research Fellow

National Institutes of Health

Early Career Meeting
February 21, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

​American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
1752 N St. NW 
Washington, DC 20036

  • Join us for a student and postdoc meeting on Friday, February 21st. Arrive 10-11 AM to check in and the day will wrap up at 4:30 PM.

  • The meeting will include an Imposter Syndrome Workshop presented by Dr. Ericka Boone from NIH. Additionally, there will be career talks plus a Q&A with Dr. Rita Colwell, Dr. Joel Kostka and Dr. Ericka Boone. Students and postdocs will present four early career talks selected from submitted abstracts (due December 31). Lunch provided. This is an excellent opportunity to network and be inspired!

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Interested in sponsoring the meeting? Want to have a table to advertise your organization?

Email: asm.dcbranch@gmail.com