Diseases in the World We Live In

April 16-17, 2021


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

​The Spring Meeting is a 2-day symposium with day 1 being student-focused and day 2 covering “Diseases in the World We Live In.” 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. 

Full Meeting
April 17, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

ASM Distinguished Lecturer

When a Clone is Not a Clone: Phenotypic Heterogeneity in C. difficile


Dr. Rita Tamayo

School of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology

University of North Carolina


Invited Speakers

Reverse Genetic Systems for Viruses Using Synthetic Genomics

Dr. Lauren M. Oldfield

Synthetic Biology and Bioenergy

J. Craig Venter Institute


Health Security: Where We’ve Come From & Where We’re Headed


Mr. Matthew Watson

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Early Career Speakers

Characterization of the Role of pstB1 in Enterococcus faecalis Membrane Stress, Biofilm Formation, and Inorganic Phosphate Uptake


Christopher M. Healy

Graduate Student

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

This Way Out: Regulation of Vibrio cholerae Biofilm Dispersal

Andrew A. Bridges, Ph.D.

Postdoc, HHMI Fellow

Princeton University

Poster Session

  • Poster presentations will be via Zoom breakout rooms (more details to follow).

  • The poster session will be held from 2:45 - 3:45 pm.

  • Abstracts for posters presentations are included in the agenda file available for download from the link above.

Early Career Meeting
April 16, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Invited Speakers

In Spite of Barriers and Struggles, Early and Later African Americans Microbiologists Have Contributed


Dr. Marian Johnson-Thompson

Professor Emerita of Biology and Environmental Sciences

University of the District of Columbia

Adjunct Professor, Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Retired from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), 

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Mining for Gold: An Exploration for Antibiotic Discovery


Dr. Danielle Graham

Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Assistant Chair

Department of Biological and Forensic Sciences

Fayetteville State University

Early Career Speakers

Identification of Multiple 

Staphylococcus aureus Excreted Factors Sensed by Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Tiffany M. Zarrella, Ph.D


National Cancer Institute

National Institutes of Health

Characterizing Novel Mutations Leading to Antibiotic Resistance in  

Staphylococcus aureus

Kalinga Pavan Thushara Silva, Ph.D.


National Cancer Institute

National Institutes of Health

Career Panel

Brandon R. Anjuwon-Foster, PhD

Associate Research Scientist


Bioanalytical Labs - Vaccine Sciences Division

Danielle Graham, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Microbiology

Department of Biological and Forensic Sciences

Fayetteville State University

Sarah L. Hansen

STEM Communications Manager

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dominique M. Carter, PhD

Agricultural Science Advisor

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Jocelyn R. Hauser, Ph.D., D(ABMM)
Chief, Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics
DC Public Health Laboratory

DC Department of Forensic Sciences

Rita Tamayo, PhD

Associate Professor

School of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology

University of North Carolina

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