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. 


  • Registration and abstract submission will open on February 20, 2021.

  • Registration is required and the fee covers the virtual platform and continuing education credits.

  • Submit an abstract (250 words) via email for an early career talk (details below, deadline March 10, 2021)

  • Abstracts for a poster presentation can be submitted via the registration portal (abstracts due April 6, 2021)

  • 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
Full Meeting
April 17, 10:00 am to 5:00 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

Dr. Lauren M. Oldfield

Synthetic Biology and Bioenergy

J. Craig Venter Institute


Early Career Speakers

  • Two early career speakers will be selected from abstracts for 15 min talks. Early career speakers include students, postdocs, or professionals within 10 years of their terminal degree. 

  • Abstracts (max. 250 words) for early careers talks should be submitted by March 10, 2021 via email to

  • Speakers will be notification if they are selected for a talk by mid-January. Those not selected for a talk will automatically be given a poster presentation and the option for a lightning talk. 

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


Dr. Mirian Johnson-Thompson (invited)

Dr. Danielle Graham (invited)

Early career scientists (chosen from submitted abstracts)

  • Join us for a student and postdoc meeting on Friday, April 16th. 

  • The meeting will include a career panel and early career talks selected from submitted abstracts (due March 10). This is an excellent opportunity to network and be inspired!

Career Panel

The career panel will feature scientists from a variety of microbial science careers including:


  • Dr. Jocelyn Hauser, Clinical Microbiology

  • Dr. Rita Tamayo, Academia

  • Dr. Dominique Carter, Policy, AAAS fellow

  • Dr. Brandon Foster, Industry

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