CAFPA-ASM D.C. Branch
FALL MEETING  2021

Safety First:  Microbial Monitoring
of Our Water and Food

​October 27, 2021  I  1-4 pm  I  virtual

Join DC area scientists (professionals and students) for an exciting afternoon of food safety, microbiology, public health, and raffle prizes!

The meeting is jointly hosted by the Capital Area Food Protection Association (CAFPA) (https://www.cafpa.com/) and the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Washington, D.C. Branch.

All are welcome to submit abstracts for lightning talks. Students and early career scientists are highly encouraged. Abstract submissions close on Oct. 8th.

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Registration:

This event is open to all and is free.

The meeting is virtual and by Zoom.  Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Schedule

1:00-1:45 pm, Dr. Jordan Schmidt, Wastewater Based Epidemiology: Maintaining Production through Increased Worker Safety

Raffle 

1:50-2:20 pm-Lightning Talks
Full Abstracts here
1:50 pm-Pragathi Kamarasu, Evaluating the risks associated with the utilization of modified washing machines in the processing of leafy greens

1:55 pm-Viktoria Van Nederveen, Investigating the role of SepA in enteroaggregative Escherichia coli biofilm and virulence in Galleria mellonella

2:00 pm-Andrea Gilbert-Eckman, Improving produce safety via the elicitation of plant stress responses with CAP

2:05  pm-Lindsey R. Hall, Near real-time genomic surveillance of multidrug-resistant organisms and associated outbreaks across an extensive network of hospitals in the United States

2:10 pm-Shivangi Rastogi,  Evasion of the NLRP3 Inflammasome activation by Mycobacterium tuberculosis via the serine/threonine kinase PknF in infected macrophages

2:15 pm-Brian Wartell, Using wastewater based epidemiology (WBE) to analyze SARS-CoV-2 trends at WWTPs in Southern Maryland

Raffle & Break

2:35-3:05 pm-Dr. Roberto Kolter, Telling Microbial Stories

Raffle 

3:10-3:55 pm-Dr. Michelle Danyluk, Managing Risk in a Field of Uncertainty: Foodborne Pathogens in the Produce Production Environment

Grand Prize Raffle 

Abstract Submissions:

Lightning Talks will be 3-5 minutes.  Abstracts (max. 250 words) are due by October 8th.  Submit via email to: asm.dcbranch@gmail.com. 

Abstract Submission is Closed.

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Telling Microbial Stories

Roberto Kolter, Ph.D.

Professor, Emeritus

Microbiology

Harvard University

https://gasp.med.harvard.edu/default.htm

Invited Speakers:

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Wastewater Based Epidemiology: Maintaining Production through Increased Worker Safety

 

Jordan Schmidt, Ph.D.

Director, Product Applications

LuminUltra Technologies, Ltd.

https://www.luminultra.com/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-covid-19-and-disinfection/

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Managing Risk in a Field of Uncertainty: Foodborne Pathogens in the Produce Production Environment

Michelle Danyluk, Ph.D.

Professor, Food Science

UF/IFCS Citrus Research and Education Center

University of Florida

https://crec.ifas.ufl.edu/faculty/dr-michelle-danyluk-profile-page/