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Early Investigator Symposium

The Maryland Branch is holding a virtual Early Investigator Symposium (EIS) on Wednesday, February 23


Greetings fellow microbiologists,

The ASM Maryland Branch enthusiastically presents an Early Investigator Symposium to be held virtually starting at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

Early investigators are early-career scientists in the transition stage between PhD and mid/senior level positions.  Examples are post-docs at least one calendar year beyond their last graduation date, and employees of academic, industry, government or clinical institutions who are typically within four calendar years (or equivalent) of their last graduation date or the end of their last post-doctoral, fellowship, or comparable position.  

After a brief business meeting at 7:00-7:15 PM, four early-career Maryland area scientists selected from an earlier call for applicants will each present a 15-minute talk on their original research according to the following agenda:


7:15 PM speaker: Beth French, PhD

Cell Therapy for Post-Cardiopulmonary Bypass Low Cardiac Output Syndrome

Position: Assistant Professor, Biology Department

Affiliation: Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, MD, USA


7:30 PM speaker: Sara B. Linden, PhD

Development of the Bacteriophage Endolysin PlyC for Therapeutic Use against S. uberis-associated Bovine Mastitis    

Position: Post-Doctoral Associate

Affiliation: Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, University of Maryland, Rockville, MD, USA


7:45 PM speaker: Daniel Montelongo-Jauregui, PhD

Transcriptional Profile Comparison between Fungal Pathogenic Species Candida auris and Candida albicans in biofilms and planktonic cells

Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences

Affiliation: School of Dentistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, USA


8:00 PM speaker: Tiffany Zarrella, PhD

Systematic identification of molecular mediators of interspecies sensing in a two-species bacterial community

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Affiliation: Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA


8:15 PM: Q&A with individual speakers in zoom meeting chat rooms.


Please join us for this insight into the exciting research being performed by up-and-coming local microbiology talent.

Contact the Maryland Branch at to request Zoom Meeting contact information to attend the webinar via web browser, one tap mobile or by dial-in.  

After receiving Zoom Meeting contact information there are no further steps such as registration or notification of your intent to attend; simply log in and enjoy on February 23.

Video and audio feeds from attendees will not be active during the webinar; all Q&A will be conducted through the webinar platform’s chat feature after the presentations.

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