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Pre-Meeting Symposium

Note: This session is at capacity and will no longer be accepting registrants. Lunches will be provided for those who have pre-registered for the symposium.

See the agenda below 

In an effort to increase opportunities for students, post-doctorals, and early career professionals* to present their basic science and policy research, the ASM Biothreats meeting has established a half-day symposium on Sunday, February 11, tailored specifically for peer-to-peer engagement.  

The goal of this symposium is to create a space for students, post-doctorals, and early career professionals to present their research to their peers and engage in interactive conversations in a supportive environment. 

*Early career professionals are defined as professionals with less than 6 years' experience in their career field.


Sunday, February 11, 2018
11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET 
Baltimore Convention Center
Room 336
1 West Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

General Schedule *This session is at capacity and will no longer be accepting registrants.

11:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.  Pick up boxed lunches *Lunches will be provided for those who have pre-registered for the symposium.
12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Welcome    Erin Sorrell & Claire Standley
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Opening Session
The importance of
the Next Generation in 
Biological Threat Reduction
Jamechia Hoyle,
GHSA NextGen Coordinator
Moderator: Claire Standley                                              

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Session 1 5 speakers at 10 min. each 
Moderator: Erin Sorrell 
 1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.  Session 1 Q&A Panel format for Q&A –
all presenters from Session 1
Moderators: Erin Sorrell &
Christine Uhlenhaut
1:50 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.  Session 2 8 speakers at 3 min. each 
Moderator: Christine Uhlenhaut
2:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.  Coffee Break and Networking  
2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.  Session 3  5 speakers at 10 min. each
Moderator: Claire Standley
3:50 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.  Session 3 Q&A Panel format for Q&A –
all presenters from Session 1 
Moderators: Claire Standley & 
Gigi Gronvall
4:10 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.  Session 4 7 speakers at 3 min. each
Moderator: Gigi Gronvall
4:40 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Closing – The Future of Biological Threats  Erin Sorrell & Claire Standley

Session 1

10 Minute Presentations: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET  
Title Presenter/Organization 
Good Fences Make Bad Neighbors: Francisella tularensis Cell Wall 
Remodeling and Virulence+B20:B27 (HCPR)
Briana Zellner, University of Toledo Health Science Campus

How 5’ Copy-back Defective-interfering RNAs Produced by Recombinant Measles Viruses Participate to the Efficacy of Measles Vector-based Vaccine Platform. (PD) Marie Mura, Institut de Recherche Biomédicale des Armées / Institut Pasteur Paris
Certhrax is an Anti-Virulence Factor for the Anthrax-like Organism Bacillus cereus Strain G9241 (HCPR) Yuliya I. Seldina, Uniformed Services University

Global Health Risks Associated with Bushmeat Consumption in Tanzania (BTR) Robab Katana, Pennsylvania State University
Molecular Epidemiosurveillance of Brucellosis in Pakistan: A Critical Need (HCPR)

Usman Waheed, University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore sub-campus Jhang

Session 2

3 Minute Presentations 1:50 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. ET  
Title  Presenter/Organization 
Exploitation of Host Rab GTPases by Yersinia
pestis Facilitates Intracellular Survival (HCPR)
Amanda R. Pulsifer, University of Louisville                                                    
The Role of Genetic and Geographic Diversity on the Growth and Sporulation Of Bacillus Anthracis And Related Species (HCPR) Ian M. Gut, NBACC/BNBI
Molecular Cloning Involving AAV-CXCL 12 gene (PD) Kripa R. Ahuja, UNC Chapel Hill
Describing the Intrinsic Behavior of Anthrax Toxin Channel as a
Means to Characterize and Inhibit (HCPR)
Goli Yamini, The Catholic University of America
A Biosensor for the Direct Detection of Lipoteichoic Acid in Human Serum (HCPR) Jessica Z. Kubicek-Sutherland, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Red Teaming the Biological Sciences for Deliberate Threats (Policy) Lisa Zhang, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Alginate Microencapsulation of an Attenuated O-Antigen Mutant of Francisella tularensis LVS as a Model for a Vaccine Delivery Vehicle (HCPR) Kelly C. Freudenberger Catanzaro, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Session 3

10 Minute Presentations 2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. ET  
Title  Presenter/Organization 
FMD-LL3B3D Vaccine Platform: Safe, Highly Potent, Fully 
DIVA Compatible, Inactivated Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus Vaccines (PD)
John M. Hardham, Zoetis, Inc.
Outbreak Observatory—A Novel Research Platform To Improve Operational Preparedness For Infectious Diseases Outbreaks (Policy) Michael Snyder, The Johns Hopkins Center for
Health Security
Isolation of Organisms with Biothreat and Public Health Implications Using Electroosmosis and Dielectrophoresis (PD) Zachary R. Newman, Fluid-Screen, Inc.
Incomplete Genomes Promote Abundant Reassortment and Diversification in Influenza A Virus Populations (HCPR) Nathan Jacobs, Emory University
Rapid Sample Preparation and Detection for Pathogenic Bacteria and Biothreat Agents Tonya M. Santaus, University of Maryland

Session 4

Title  Presenter/Organization 
High-level Review of Current Progress for Improving the Global Outbreak Response System since the 2014-16 West Africa Ebola Epidemic (Policy) Michael Snyder, The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Leveraging Homomorphic Encryption To Securely Interrogate A Privately Held Microbial Genomic Database (BTR) Alexander J. Titus, Dartmouth College
Evaluating the Need for Improved Operational Knowledge-Sharing During the 2014-16 Ebola Outbreak (Policy) Christopher Hurtado, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
ENDORSE: Building Sustainable Capacities for Epidemic Preparedness in Northern Uganda. (Policy) Alessandro Mancon, University of Milan
Biorisk Preparedness in Veterinary Laboratories in the Philippines (Policy) Rohani B. Cena, University of the Philippines Manila                                                                  
First Responder Deployment of Safe Acid Technology in Biological Attacks (BTR) Christopher S. Capicotto, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Establishing a NextGen GHSA Consortium in the Greater Washington, D.C. Area (Policy)

Stephen B. Taylor, George Mason University