Public Events

BioBash 2023: Navigating Change & Finding Fulfillment

October 24, 2023
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Past Event

BioBash is a community-driven annual career networking and job fair event hosted by the Committee for Scientific Training and Mentoring (CSTM) at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

The goal of this event is to educate and bring together the scientific community in St. Louis and discuss the broad range of career opportunities in life sciences.

This one-day event consists of a panel discussion featuring a diverse group of professionals who offer their insights and advice for the scientists on how to navigate their career journeys and find fulfillment.

Following the panel, the attendee have the opportunities to practice a career pitch, attend the job fair and networking mixers. It will help shape the science of tomorrow by supporting the future leaders within the field. By fostering early-career scientists and bringing new jobs to the region, the Danforth Center is encouraging discoveries and ensuring that St. Louis continues to be a leader in agtech and biotech.


Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023

  • 1:30 - 1:35 p.m. Opening Remarks
  • 1:35 - 2:45 p.m. Career Panel Discussion
  • 2:45 - 3 p.m. Break
  • 3 - 3:45 p.m. Career Pitch Contest
  • 3:45 - 4 p.m. Awards Ceremony & Closing Remarks
  • 4 - 5:30 p.m. Job Fair & Networking Session

Meet the Moderator

Katie Murphy, PhD

Director of Phenotyping Core Facility and Principal Investigator, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Meet the Panelists

Doug Allen, PhD

USDA-ARS Scientist & Principal Investigator, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Mary Fernandes, PhD

President and Co-founder, Solis Agrosciences

Executive in Residence, BioGenerator

Larry Gilbertson, PhD

Retired Distinguished Science Fellow, Bayer

Visiting Scientist, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Jagdeep Kaur, PhD

North America Market Development Manager, Bayer



Thank you to our Sponsors!

Bronze Sponsors

Copper Sponsors

Meet the Co-Chairs

Yu-Hung Hung

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Slotkin Lab

Poonam Jyoti

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Allen & Bart Labs

Aileen Kidwell

Greenhouse Manager

Plant Growth Facility

Peng Liu

Research Scientist

Dr. Slotkin Lab

Contact Us

CSTM is a self-governed group that represents and supports graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and technical staff. Through CSTM, trainees have access to career development workshops, enhancing skillsets in scientific techniques, leadership, communication, and more. CSTM also promotes a strong community through sponsoring scientific events, networking and social functions, and facilitating communication at all levels of the Center.