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(Virtual) BioBash 2021: Exploring Scientific Career Paths

May 20, 2021 - May 21, 2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Past Event

Join us for BioBash 2021, the 10th annual career networking and job fair event for young scientists hosted by the Danforth Center’s Committee for Scientific Training and Mentoring. BioBash aims to educate and bring together the scientific community in St. Louis and discuss the broad range of career opportunities in life sciences. Scientists at all levels of their fields are invited to join!

On May 20 attend career panels featuring speakers in a variety of life sciences careers:

  • 10:00-11:00am: Alternative Science Careers Panel
  • 11:30-12:30pm: Principal Investigator Career Panel
  • 1:00-2:00pm: Scientists in Industry Career Panel

On May 21st, access a Virtual Career Fair from 10am-12pm, featuring Alcami Corporation, BALSA (Biotechnology and Life Sciences Advising Group), Bayer Life Sciences, Benson Hill, CoverCress, CTC Genomics, Joyn Bio, Lee Biosolutions, KWS Gateway Research Center, Lavie Bio, Pairwise Plants, Pfizer, Plastomics, St. Louis Community College, TechAccel, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. The Virtual Career Fair will be hosted on Gather.Town.


Meet the BioBash Panelists

May 20, 2021: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Alternative Science Career Panel
  • Erin Jones, Head of Sustainability and Outreach, Bayer Life Sciences
  • Karen Cone, Science Advisor, Directorate of Biological Sciences, The National Science Foundation
  • Renée Vassilos, Director of Agriculture Innovation, The Nature Conservancy
  • Bill Courtney, Research Administrator, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Stephanie Regagnon, Executive Director of Innovation Partnerships, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Amine Noueiry, Scientist, Polsinelli
Principal Investigator Career Panel
  • Melanie Bernds, Director of Communications, Benson Hill
  • Alex Harkess, Faculty Investigator, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Assistant Professor, Auburn University
  • Danielle Way, Associate Professor/Adjunct Assistant Professor/Joint Appointee, The University of Western Ontario/Duke University/Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Doug Allen, USDA Research Scientist, Member, Danforth Center
  • Patrick Ross, Professor of Biology, Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas
  • Dilip Shah, Associate Member, Danforth Center
Scientists in Industry Career Panel
  • Jacqueline Joshua, Senior Scientist, Bayer Crop Science
  • Tom Laurita, Director of Entrepreneurship, Danforth Center
  • Manishi Pandey, Data Scientist, Benson Hill
  • Nadia Shakoor, Senior Research Scientist, Danforth Center
  • Elyse Holder, Associate Manager, Benson Hill

Virtual Career Fair

May 21, 2021: 10:00am-12:00pm

Join us on Gather.Town for a virtual career fair, where life science trainees can connect with each other and with biotech companies from the St. Louis area and beyond! The Gather.Town virtual space allows video/audio chat and text chat for all attendees allowing for sharing of contact information. In addition, company representatives can display a pdf with their company information for attendees to view. Try out the platform here.

Virtual Career Fair Companies:

  • Alcami Corporation
  • BALSA (Biotechnology and Life Sciences Advising Group)
  • Bayer Life Sciences
  • Benson Hill
  • CoverCress
  • CTC Genomics
  • Edison Agrosciences
  • Eurofins
  • Joyn Bio
  • Lee Biosolutions
  • KWS Gateway Research Center
  • Lavie Bio
  • Pairwise Plants
  • Pfizer
  • Plastomics
  • St. Louis Community College
  • TechAccel
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific

Meet the Co-Chairs

Rachel Jouni

Graduate Student

Erin Mattoon

Graduate Student

Sarah Rommelfanger

Graduate Student

Trish Tully

Postdoctoral Associate

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.