Kimberly Rayford


Kimberly Rayford is currently a research scientist for KWS Gateway Research Center. In this role, she supervises technical staff, manages greenhouse operations, and serves as a trainer for the data management team. Prior to joining KWS, she served as a plant transformation biologist at both the Danforth Center and Monsanto, where she developed novel biotechnology systems to control virus and fungal infections in crops (Danforth Center) and transformation systems for cotton (Monsanto). She has been recognized for her work as a co-inventor on a Monsanto patent for the use of Lipoic Acid in Plant Media.

Kimberly has also served as an adjunct professor at St. Louis Community College, where she taught a specialized course in biotechnology lab techniques, and as a modern life science project coordinator at the St. Louis Science Center, where she coordinated life science projects and grants; developed, updated and implemented exhibits, programs and demonstrations, and served as a life science resource to visitors, educators and the media.

Kimberly’s passion for science is reflected in her volunteer/nonprofit membership roles, where she has served on a number of boards, including the Young Friends of the St. Louis Science Center and the Donald Danforth Plant Center. She has also served as a board member for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and Support Dogs Inc. Her current board memberships include the Young Friends Council of the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Pubic Radio and Cultural Festivals.

When she’s not in the lab, Kimberly enjoys traveling, wine tasting, reading, and going to movies.