Bay Area TB Science (BATS)


The Bay Area TB Science (BATS) is a monthly seminar series and annual symposium hosted by UC TRAC, and co-sponsored by UCSF Center for Tuberculosis and UC Berkeley Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases. The BATS monthly seminar series is facilitated by Dr. Babak Javid. The BATS annual symposium is co-chaired by Drs. Babak Javid (UCSF) and Sarah Stanley (UC Berkeley).  

Established and early-career researchers in the Bay Area TB community are invited to share their work and network across UCSF, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Stanford, as well as colleagues from industry. To join the listserv for the monthly seminar series and annual symposium updates, please contact [email protected]

Link to BATS 2023 program

The Bay Area TB Science (BATS) Symposium will be held in-person on Thursday, September 7, 2023, from 9am-6pm, on the UCSF Mission Bay campus, and will focus on local researchers sharing their work and allow for networking opportunities. We will be hosting talks, posters, catered lunch and a wine and cheese reception. 

Eric Rubin, MD, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases 
Harvard University 

We are honored to have Dr. Eric Rubin serve as this year’s Keynote Speaker. He is an Adjunct Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the New England Journal of Medicine.




Eric Rubin, MD, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases 
Harvard University 

Pennan Barry, MD
Chief, Surveillance and Epidemiology Section, CADPH TB Branch 

Rebecca Crowder, MPH
Research Data Analyst, UCSF

Colwyn Headley, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

Purvesh Khatri, PhD
Associate Professor, Stanford University

Bennett Penn, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, UC Davis

Priya Shete, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, UCSF

Sara Suliman, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, UCSF

Gustavo Velásquez, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, UCSF

Ashley Wolf, PhD
Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley

Weihao Zheng, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSF

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We are at capacity for registration and the waitlist is closed. If you are interested in attending, please write [email protected] with your request. 

Abstract submissions

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit abstracts to be considered for oral talks and poster presentations.


  • Abstracts should be related to tuberculosis research
  • Indicate if it will be considered for an oral or poster presentation. 
  • Type the title of the abstract in upper and lower case, using capitals only for the first word, acronyms and proper nouns. Limit title to 25 words or less.
  • The abstract should be in English, and no more than 300 words.
  • Figures and tables are not allowed. 

BATS Rising Star Award

This award acknowledges a postdoctoral fellow or assistant professor who has distinguished themselves in TB research. 


  • NIH biosketch
  • Summary: Include name of nominee and email, nominator name and email (if applicable), and a 1-paragraph summary of research accomplishments,


Questions? Contact [email protected]