​34th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium – VIRTUAL

Wednesday – Saturday, January 12-15, 2022

The annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium program is designed to broaden exposure to cutting-edge biotechnologies, product-focused innovation and the spectrum of career paths available in the life sciences. The symposium brings CSU students, faculty and administrators together, along with biotech professionals working in academia, government and industry. Faculty and administrators system-wide, along with community college colleagues, use the event to catch up, initiate collaborations, share ideas, and swap lessons learned.

CSUPERB hosts the annual symposium each year and subsidizes the travel and registration costs for CSU students and faculty.  However, this year's virtual symposium will require no fees for registration.  

The symposium program includes professional development opportunities for both students and faculty, a forum at which to share research results and innovative curriculum redesigns, and rare access to CSU alumni, professionals and employers working in the biotechnology industry, as well as graduate school recruiters from top universities.

The symposium offers opportunities for students, faculty, alumni, and administrators to join in and actively participate as part of the CSU’s biotechnology community. We hope all participants come to the symposium to learn from others, gain inspiration, mentor peers, support students attending their first professional meeting, share career advice, meet new colleagues, and broker new research partnerships.

Be sure to download our event virtual backgrounds below!

33rd Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium Virtual Background - CSUPERB 
33rd Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium Virtual Background - CSUPERB  
33rd Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium Virtual Background - CSUPERB 
33rd Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium Virtual Background - CSUPERB​​


Wednesd​ay, Jan. ​12
Welcome & Plenary Session:

Introduction by Ikhide Imumorin, Executive Director of CSUPERB

Welcome by President Soraya Coley, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Alan Shuldiner, M.D., Vice President, Founder and Special Populations,​ Regeneron Genetics Center, and John Whitehurst Professor, Univeristy of Maryland School of Medicine
Chioma Ikonte, PhD, Vice President, Innovation, Research & Development at SmartyPants Vitamins
Session is open to all symposium participants.
9:45 - 11:30 am
Plenary Session: Faculty Short Talks

Jason Ear, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
Kati Gesvain, California State University, Chico
Crystal Han, San José State University

Session is open to all symposium participants.
11:45 - 12:45​​​​​ pm
Plenary Session: Building Caring Communities - How to Help When Things are "Not Ok"

Jennifer L. Howes, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Wellness​ 

Session is open to all symposium participants.
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Workshop: How to get from here to there: Graduate school writing workshop (Part I)

Workshop Facilitators: Lani Gleason, Sacramento State, Lillian Murphy, UC Berkeley; Sally Pasion, San Francisco State; Koni Stone, CSU Stanislaus​

Workshop is open to all symposium participants.
2:30 - 4:00 pm

Thursday, ​​Jan.​ 13
Don Eden Graduate Student Research Award - Finalist Talks

Award Finalists: TBA

10:00 - 11:30 am
Workshop: Using Data Tasks to Increase Students’ Self-perception as Capable STEM Learners​ 

(Formerly CHEM Avengers - Sense of Belonging Workshop)

Workshop Organizers: 

Cory Antonakos, Diablo Valley College (she/her/hers)
Ellen Beaulieu, Diablo Valley College (she/her/hers)
Paul Daubenmire, College of Marin
Jennifer Lillig, Sonoma State University (she/her/hers)
Hien Nguyen, College of Marin
Erin Palmer, Diablo Valley College (she/her/hers)
Angy Stacy, UC Berkeley
Carmen Works, Sonoma State University

11:30 - 12:30 pm
Faculty Session: Speed Networking 101: Kickstarting Post-Pandemic Collaborations

(Formerly: Collaboration Networking - Faculty Video Directory)

Workshop Facilitators:
Kathie McReynolds, CSU Sacramento
Paula Fischhaber, CSU Northridge
Ikhide Imumorin, CSUPERB
12:45 - 1:45 pm
Student Work​​​​shop: Mentoring and Career Paths 

John Cole, PEAK Sr. VP for Research and Development at URUS Group LP​ ​

Angela Cruzan ​Consani, Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Johnson County Community College and Co-founder and CEO of Bioscience Core Skills Institute ​
1:00 - 2:00 pm
​Faculty Workshop:  Curious About CURES?

Introduction by: ​Aparna Sreenivasan, CSU Monterey Bay​

Workshop Facilitators:
Matthew Escobar, CSU San Marcos
Christopher Meyer, CSU Fresno
David Rhoads, CSU San Bernardino
Corin Slown, CSU Monterey Bay
Aparna Sreenivasan, CSU Monterey Bay

​2:00 - 4:00 pm​

​​Student Workshop: Career Networking Session​

Kickoff Speaker:
Jason Button, Sr. Sales Enablement Content Specialist at Illumina

Session Topics and Table Leads: TBA
​2:30 - 4:00 pm
Friday, J​​an. 14
First Poster Session
Posters Numbered #1 - 69
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Plenary Session: 2022 CSUPERB Faculty Research Award Talk

Awardee & Speaker: TBA
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Plenary Session: CSU/CCC Articulation

Jim Dekloe, Professor of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology​, Solano Community College

​Leslie Blackie, Ph.D, Professor of Biology & Biomanufacturing Program Founder at Laney College 

Session Organizers:
Terri Quenzer, California Community Colleges 
Ikhide Imumorin, Executive Director, CSUPERB
1:15 - 2:15 pm
​Student Session: How to get from here to there: Graduate school writing workshop (Part II)

Hosted by
Lani Gleason, Sacramento State University; Sally Pasion, San Francisco State; Koni Stone, CSU Stanislaus​​​

​1:00  2:00 pm
​Faculty Workshop: Grant Writing (SuRE, RUI emphasis)

Workshop Organizers:
Miri Van Hoven, San José State University
Chris Meyer, CSU Fresno
Sastry Pantula, Dean of College of Natural Sciences at CSU San Bernardino 
​2:30  4:30 pm
Student Workshop:
Graduate School Information Session

Kickoff Speaker:
Analine Aguayo, CSU Northridge graduate, PhD student at UCSD​

Session Topics and Table Leads: Click Here
2:15 - 4:15​ pm
​​ Saturday, Jan​. 15
Second Poster Session
Posters Numbered #70 - 137
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CSU I-Corps Session

Competitive Presentations.

Teams and Evaluators: TBA
12:15 - 1:30 pm
​Plenary & Awards Session: Science Communications

Elisa Marques, Sr. Director of Business Development at The Center for Aquaculture Technologies

Award Recipients: TBA​
​2:00 - 3:15 pm
Plenary Session: Networking Hallway Talk

Open Session
3:15 - 4​:15 pm