10 scientists elected leaders of the ASBMB

Members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology elected several new officers. Three members of the Board of Directors were re-elected. There is a new secretary. And the nominations committee and the publications committee have new members.


The ASBMB Board serves as an advisory board to the President and Executive Director to set priorities and strategic directions, oversee resource allocation, and ensure that all activities align with the society’s mission. Councilors are elected for a three-year term and may be re-elected or reappointed for an additional term. Three incumbents were re-elected to the Board.

Suzanne Barbour is a professor and dean of the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She wrote in her declaration of candidacy: “During my first term, I learned more about our society, its challenges and its opportunities. I am particularly intrigued by one opportunity that was discussed at a recent Board meeting: continued philanthropic support for the ASBMB. My experience as Dean, working with alumni, friends and potential donors, will be helpful in this effort. Barbour is a former member of the Minority Affairs Committee (now the Access Maximization Committee), hosted annual symposia, and was honored as a member of the first class of ASBMB Fellows in 2021. Read his full profile of candidate.

Joan Broderick is a professor and department head at Montana State University. In 2022, she becomes an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. Broderick has been at Montana State since 2005; before that, she was on the faculty of a small liberal arts college and a research-intensive state university. “This range of experiences has given me a broad perspective on science education and academic research – and the intersection of the two,” she wrote. Read her full candidate profile.

Matthew Gentry is a professor at the University of Kentucky. He has served on the Society’s Membership Committee, the Public Affairs Advisory Committee, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. For his tenure on the Board, he has prioritized sharing with members “how to use their passions to sit on an ASBMB committee,” recruiting the company’s next CEO; serve as a resource and advisor to President Ann Stock, who was elected in 2021, and headquarters leaders; and publicize how the ASBMB can help biochemists at all stages of their career. Read their full candidate profile.

Nominating Committee

The ASBMB Nominating Committee nominates regular members of the society to stand for election to President, Board, Publications Committee, and Nominating Committee. Committee members are elected for a three-year term and may be re-elected or reappointed for an additional term. The members of the ASBMB elected two new committee members this year.

Juan L. Mendoza is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago. He has twice co-chaired the Enzyme Interest Group at the ASBMB Annual Meeting and is an active advocate for diversity and inclusion. “I am passionate about making STEM education accessible to everyone and inspiring future generations of scientists. For me, this includes active participation in community outreach and societies such as ASBMB” , he wrote. Read his full candidate profile.

Jeremy Thorner is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He won the ASBMB’s Herb Tabor Research Prize in 2019. “The many activities of the ASBMB are best achieved by ensuring gender equity and diversity in its advisory bodies and leadership, as well as in the together of its members,” he wrote. “To thrive, our organization must be inclusive and hear and engage diverse voices. Therefore, the most important function of the nominating committee is to ensure that we draw from the rich pool of our members and to ensure the participation of individuals from all walks of life in the biochemical sciences. Read the candidate’s full profile.


The secretary is responsible for reviewing the minutes of the company, serving on the nominating committee and the audit committee, and performing other duties as assigned by the board, which may include certifying board resolutions to support the company’s operations. The secretary is a voting member of the board and participates in the governance of the company. The secretary has a term of three years.

george carman is Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University and Director of the Rutgers Center for Lipid Research. He won the ASBMB Avanti Prize in Lipids in 2012, served as associate editor of the society’s Journal of Lipid Research and Journal of Biological Chemistry, and served on the Board and several committees. He co-directs the company’s lipid research division. “ASBMB has been an important part of my professional life since I joined the company in 1980,” he wrote. “Throughout my career, I have benefited from formal and informal mentors, and I am compelled to pass on my knowledge and experiences to early career scientists, including undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral associates.” Carman was a member of the company’s first class of scholars in 2021. Read his full candidate profile.

Publications Committee

The ASBMB’s Publications Committee oversees the scholarly publishing activities of the society, advises the Board on political and ethical issues that may arise, and advises journal editors on editorial matters, including the approval of appointments of associate editors. Committee members are elected for a five-year term and may be re-elected or reappointed for an additional term. The members of the ASBMB elected four new members of the committee.

Walid Houry is a professor at the University of Toronto. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry since 2017. During his tenure on the committee, he intends to advocate for “innovative formats for reviewing and publishing articles.” He wrote: “I find this particularly important given the new and different approaches to reviewing and publishing articles used by other journals. Therefore, a clear policy must be established to determine how ASBMB journals will interact with open access preprint repositories such as bioRxiv and what value will be given to reviews provided by journal-independent peer review platforms such as Review Commons. Read their full candidate profile.

Marcelo Kazanietz is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry and several other peer-reviewed publications. “I understand the emerging challenges to continue to disseminate our scientific discoveries in a highly competitive environment. My goal is to support efforts to facilitate communication between publishers, authors and readers, with the ultimate goal of promoting high-impact science while affirming strong ethical publishing values,” he said. writing. Read their full candidate profile.

Daniel Leahy is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He served on the ASBMB board from 2012 to 2015, helped organize meeting topics and other society events, and is a member of the society’s Class of 2022 Fellows. “Among the jewels in the ASBMB crown are its publications, which are managed by scientists for scientists, and I am delighted at the opportunity to help continue ASBMB’s tradition of excellent publications as modes of science communication continue to evolve,” he wrote. Read their full candidate profile.

Anne France Miller is a distinguished professor at the University of Kentucky. She was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry and a member of the publications committee before. “I understand that publications are at the heart of both the professional conduct of science and its social fabric,” she wrote. “I am a great admirer of the way ASBMB’s publications have covered both spheres through the many journals the society produces. ASBMB Today nurtures networks of people and interests and keeps science fun, engaging us all beyond the limits of our own specializations and keeping the best of our humanity connected to the best of our science. Meanwhile, ASBMB’s established research journals provide essential channels for sharing high-quality scientific progress, with the assurance of expert peer review. Read her full candidate profile.

About the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

The ASBMB is a non-profit scientific and educational organization with more than 12,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1906 to advance the science of biochemistry and molecular biology, the society publishes three peer-reviewed journals, advocates for funding basic research and education, supports science education at all levels and promotes the diversity of people entering the scientific workforce. For more information on the ASBMB, visit www.asbmb.org.

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