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Creep it Real: 
Microbiology Past, Present, and Future

​October 12, 2022  1-4 pm  I  virtual

Join DC area scientists (professionals and students) for an exciting afternoon discussing microbiology, public health, and food safety.  We even have cool raffle prizes!

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

The Washington, D.C. branch of the American Society for Microbiology is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program.


Abstract Submissions


All are welcome to submit abstracts for lightning talks. Students and early career scientists are highly encouraged. 


Lightning Talks will be 3-5 minutes.  Abstracts (max. 250 words) are due by September 20th.  Submit via email to:  Abstract submissions is now closed.


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.

Tentative Schedule

1:00 pm Welcome

1:10 pm Dr. Steven Diggle, ASM Distinguished Lecturer, Professor, Center for Microbial Dynamics and Infection, Georgia Institute of Technology, AncientBiotics: Medieval Medicine and Modern Applications

1:55 pm Raffle

Lightning Talks (Abstracts)
2:00 pm Dr. Benjamin Liu, Characterization of a Novel, Fastidious, Gram-negative Bacilli Isolated from Clinical Wound Specimens
2:05 pm
Jessica K. NovakCellvibrio japonicus Degradation of Fungal Necromass Activates Carbohydrate Active Enzyme-Encoding Genes in a Substrate-Specific Manner
2:10 pm Allissa Riley, Prevalence of Antimicrobial Resistance in E. coli Isolated from Environmental Samples in Central Virginia
2:15 pm Marina Wylie, In Vitro Antibacterial Activity of Nimbolide Against Helicobacter pylori
2:20 pm Ahana Byne, Tuberculosis and Innovative Diagnostic Approaches
2:25 pm Dr. Tiffany ZarrellaPseudomonas aeruginosa Increases Antimicrobial Production in Response to Staphylococcus aureus

2:30 pm The Microbigals, The Microbe Moment of Halloween-3 stories of monstrous microbes that mimic our most terrifying and loved Halloween horrors (vampires, zombies, and witches)

3:10 pm Dr. Eric Stevens, International Policy Analyst, USFDA, Guessing about the future: Where will we be 50 years from now?

3:55 pm Closing Remarks

Dr. Steven Diggle

ASM Distinguished Lecturer, Professor, Director, Center for Microbial Dynamics and Infection, Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Diggle is "interested in cooperation and communication in microbes and how these are related to virulence, biofilms and antimicrobial resistance. I have a long standing interest in understanding how the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes disease, and am especially interested in how this organism evolves during chronic infections such as those found in cystic fibrosis lungs and chronic wounds."

The Microbigals

"Tess, Julie, and Jon are microbial-obsessed researchers with 6 microbiology-related degrees between them. While Tess has a Ph.D. in bioinformatics and researches plant microbiomes and microbes in soil on the west coast, Jon studies human microbiomes and works within a pharmaceutical company on the east coast. Julie is an avid hiker exploring the joys of the natural microbes in soil including that of the beautiful New England Mushrooms.


Together they are Microbigals splicing sci-fi and science and giving you science stories and news for the microbial enthused! From our biology podcast and blog posts to fungal recipes to escape rooms, the team tries to find fun and creative ways to connect the microbial world with your world and help you discover your own unique microbe moment!"

Dr. Eric Stevens

International Policy Analyst, Office of the Center Director at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, USFDA. "He received his Ph.D. in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with an emphasis on human population genetics and estimating genetic relatedness. Dr. Stevens works closely with international organizations and our foreign regulatory counterparts on food science and safety issues. Additionally, Dr. Stevens is the Codex Alimentarius manager for CFSAN and helps coordinates FDA’s participation with the US Codex Office and at Codex Committee Meetings."

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