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Welcome to SCASM

Since 1936, the Southern California Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (SCASM) has promoted microbiology education and research in Southern California through meetings, discussions, newsletters, and publications. Our members represent the many diverse areas of microbiology including clinical, public health, environmental, basic research, education, industrial, food safety, veterinary, and more.


Thank you to all the vendors and attendees at this year's SCASM annual meeting

We hope to see you at next year's SCASM annual meeting

October 15-17, 2015

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine



Dioscelina Bloom          Shalini Mehrotra

Elizabeth Chen                    Ayrton Dayo

Eunice Kim                      Jessica Valdez


Upcoming scasm SYMPOSIUMS

- Los Angeles March 7, 2015 (Siemens)

- San Diego April 11, 2015 (Hologic)

Sneak Peak of Topics

     -Mass Spec Practical Advice for Implementation

     -Digital Imaging and Telemedicine in Microbiology

     -Molecular Panels

     -Hot Topics in Public Health


Website Updates

New job posting on the EMPLOYMENT page- posted 6/13/14


Please check out the new ASM Clinical Microbiology Portal. This is a fantastic new resource for all kinds of relevant and timely information concerning the field of Microbiology: or Click here


Please welcome our newly elected SCASM Officers and wish them all the best in their new term of office:

President: Mark Dubar, BS
President Elect: Laronda Frazier, MS
Treasurer: Jose Ortez, BS
Secretary: Nicole Green, Ph.D., D(ABMM)
Term of Office: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017

On behalf of SCASM and the fund-raising committee we could like to extend a very big thank you to all of the vendors that have helped not only support our annual meeting but the Spring Symposia and workshops throughout the years. Without the vendor support SCASM would not be able to provide the high quality educational meetings that we do every year. 

SCASM would like to extend a special acknowledgement to our Platinum sponsor for multiple years, bioMeriuex Inc. As part of the Platinum sponsorship bioMerieux Inc. provides travel grants to two of our academic poster winners. Students are awarded with grants that allow them to attend the national ASM meeting to present their scientific research. These are grants awarded every year to students to show the commitment to the student community that SCASM and companies like bioMerieux have toward microbiology education.

We would also like to acknowledge the following sponsors at the 77th Annual Meeting:
Platinum – bioMerieux Inc.
Gold –    AdvanDx
  BD Dianostics



  Medical Chemical Corp.
              Meridian BioScience, Inc.
              Roche Molecular Diagnostics
Silver – Abbot
             Focus Diagnostics, Inc.



Bronze –  Anaerobe Systems
               Biofire Diagnostics
               Copan Diagnostics
               Evergreen Scientific
               Great Basin Corporation
               Hardy Diagnostics
               Key Scientific
               Pocared Diagnostics



Many thanks to our sustaining members and annual meeting contributors! To join SCASM, contribute as a sustaining member, or renew your current membership, visit our Become a Member page.


A special thank you to Susan Novak-Weekly and Mickey Amos for their many hours of hard work to make this year's Annual Meeting another big success!!


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