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Upcoming events:

April 18th (Wedensday) 6pm
We have open spaces for speakers - sign up here
Sponsored by Nanostring

May 16th (Wedensday) 6pm
We have open spaces for speakers - sign up here

June 13th (Wedensday) 6pm
We have open spaces for speakers - sign up here

July 18th (Wedensday) 6pm
We have open spaces for speakers - sign up here

The open mic night is open to the public. We invite speakers from the surrounding institutes to give short talks and share their science. This event takes place at the Bella Vista Caffe.

The aim of the open mic night is

  • to provide a platform for postdocs to speak in a public setting
  • to foster interaction between the people doing hands-on research in the scientific institutes and companies in the San Diego area, and with local businesses, biotech and the general public.

The format of the evening is that our guest judges give brief talks to introduce themselves and their backgrounds and current ventures, followed by up to seven five-minute talks by postdocs.

These will be roughly on a first-come first-served basis; however, entries may be grouped to provide variety, or depending on the guest judges.  The judges will select winners from the speakers based on their ability to communicate to a wide audience.

The anticipated audience will be a mixture of scientists, business personnel, and general public, so talks should be aimed at those with a limited scientific background, but contain sufficient detail to be of interest to the majority of the audience.

Contact information

For more information, or if you are interested in being a guest judge, please email

Submitting an abstract for a talk

Please fill in the Google form here or below (must be logged into Google)

Abstracts are 250 words. We will contact you to check your availability for a given night. Where possible, advance notice will be given of upcoming guest judges.

2017 Schedule

To participate in an upcoming Open-Mic event fill-in the form above or contact us by e-mail @

Finals night - October 11th 2017 @ 6pm
Speakers will include: Sheila Rao (Salk), Viktor Lukacs (TSRI), Daniel Murin (TSRI), and Rigo Cintron-Colon (TSRI)
Sponsored by Thermo Fisher and Millipore Sigma

Wednesday April 19th @ 6pm
Stephane Richard (President and COO CureMatch Inc.)
Scott Struthers (CEO Crinetics, co-founder San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange)
Sponsored by Nanostring

Wednesday May 17th @ 6pm
Laure Escoubet (Director, Head of Epigenetic Drug Discovery at Celgene)
Anders Brunmark (Director, Janssen R&D)

Wednesday June 14th @ 6pm
Anna Waters (Director, R&D Operations, Organovo)
Ewa Lis (Founder of Koliber Biosciences)
Sponsored by VWR

Wednesday July 19th @ 6pm

October 11th @
Finals night
Judges: TBD
Sponsored by Thermo Fisher and Millipore Sigma

Previous years:

Fall Schedule 2016

Wednesday August 17th
Finals Night
Jane Dyson Ph.D.: Professor, The Scripps Research Institute
Diego Miralles M.D.: President, Adaptive Therapeutics, Adaptive Biotechnologies corp
Sponsored by Essen Bioscience and MaxCyte Flow Transfection and Denator
Tap Takeover by Duckfoot Brewing

Wednesday September 14th
Oivin Guicherit Ph.D. Principal Scientist, Janssen: Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson
Dave Hyndman. Founder and Brewmaster Reckless Brewing
Sponsored by Innovative Cell Technologies

Wednesday October 19th
Scott Thatcher Ph.D.: CEO and Director, Orphagen Pharmaceuticals
Mary Canady Ph.D.: Senior Marketing Manager, Synthetic Genomics Inc.
Sponsored by E&K Scientific and Biocision

Wednesday November 16th

Fall Schedule 2015

Wednesday August 12th
Stephen Demarest Ph.D.: Senior Research Advisor, Eli Lilly
Géza Ambrus Aikelin Ph.D.: Senior Scientist, Janssen
Sponsored by GE life sciences

Wednesday September 9th
Mary Canady Ph.D.: Founder, San Diego Biotech Network
Bernhard Geierstanger Ph.D.: Director of Protein engineering, GNF
Sponsored by Life Technologies

Wednesday October 14th
Matt Dunphy: 1798 Consulting
Dana Buckman: CEO, Flow Paradigm
Sponsored by Discovery Scientific Solutions and Omega Scientific

Wednesday November 11th
Ashok Deniz Ph.D.: Professor, The Scripps Research Institute
Supriya Jaiswal Ph.D.: CEO and Founder, Astrileux
Sponsored by Innovative Cell Technologies


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