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Local to Global Perspectives


April 21, 2023 | 10am-4pm |@NOVA-Annandale

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

​This year's Spring meeting is a one day symposium highlighting cutting edge research as well as local outreach efforts and providing opportunities for networking. Our venue this year is the Ernst Center at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale campus. To learn more about each section of the meeting use the buttons below. 

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.

Abstract Submissions:  All are welcome to submit abstracts for talks.  Students and early career scientists are highly encouraged to submit.  Abstract (max. 250 words) submissions for talks are due by March 31, 2023; submit via email to Submissions are now closed.

ASM DC Branch mugs ($15) and Notebooks ($10) will be on sale at the Meeting.


Registration: $15-Professional, $10-Post-doc, $5-Student.
If you are unable to pay for any reason, please let us know (


Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center

Northern Virginia Community College

8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

(click on map for directions from your location)

Parking is available in the large parking lot (B12, B13, and B14) located next to the center.

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Social Mixer

After the meeting, take a short drive (~7 mi) to Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA.  Enjoy a beverage, explore careers in microbiology from our diverse career panel,  reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and even learn a little about fermentation!


444 West Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

4:30 – 5:00 pm attendees arrive.

5:00 – 6:00 pm brewery tours and appetizers

6:00 – 7:00 pm Career PanelTo Post-Doc or not to Post-Doc….or even Ph.D. at all?

Panelists include:

Russell Carpenter-Lead Brewer, Solace Outpost

Denise Akob-Research Scientist, USGS & Vice Chair, ASM's Council on Microbial Sciences 

Igor Jouline-Professor & ASM Distinguished Lecturer, The Ohio State University

Thomas Jurkiw-Program Officer, Fellowships Office, Policy and Global Affairs, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Ron Masters-Director, Quest Diagnostics

Carolina Morell-Perez-Program Manager I, ATCC

ASM Distinguished Lecturer

Presentation title: Amino acid sensor conserved from bacteria to humans


Dr. Igor Jouline

Rod Sharp Professor of Microbiology

Department of Microbiology

The Ohio State University



Invited Talks--Representing Universities in the DC Area

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Presentation title: Small protein effectors of an alternative sigma factor in S. aureus


Dr. Karl Thompson

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director

Department of Microbiology

College of Medicine

Howard University


Presentation title: Branching out: branched-chain amino acids as key metabolites in Staphylococcus aureus physiology and virulence


Dr. Shaun Brinsmade

Associate Professor

Department of Biology

Georgetown University


Presentation title: Role of Chitinases in modulating biofilms of Francisella


Dr. Monique van Hoek


Interim Associate Chair, Associate Director of Research

School of Systems Biology

George Mason University


Presentation title: Spread knowledge-not germs! Microbial education from Pre-k-college and beyond!


Dr. Karen Bushaw-Newton


Dept of Biology

Co-Lead: NOVA Night of Science

Northern Virginia Community College

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