Hope to see you in San Diego!

We invite you to participate in the 2016 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting to be held April 2 – 6 in sunny San Diego. We have fantastic scientific and education programs planned as well as workshops in cutting-edge areas of biochemistry and molecular biology and myriad networking opportunities.

The meeting will feature 11 scientific themes and one theme focused on education and professional development, with lectures from the most prominent scientists in biochemistry and molecular biology. Several of the themes represent traditional areas of interest within the ASBMB membership, such as gene regulation and chromatin modification, enzyme catalysis, protein synthesis and degradation, and lipids and lipid signaling. However, new and emerging fields also are featured, such as systems biology and metabolic networks, glycoscience, and the development of new chemical tools to interrogate biological questions in vivo. Themes that will pervade many of the symposia will be the molecular basis of disease; how the development of new techniques facilitates a more detailed understanding of biomolecules like DNA, RNA, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates and how they interact with each other; and how the enormous bodies of genomic, proteomic and molecular and cellular imaging data are being used to gain new insight into the functions of novel macromolecular complexes and their posttranscriptional or posttranslational modifications.

Excitingly, the 2016 meeting will inaugurate a new session — organized and chaired by graduate students and postdoctoral scientists — that will feature lectures by renowned scientists Corey Wilson of Yale and Donald Hilvert of ETH Zurich, Laurie Read of the University of Buffalo, and Feng Shao of the National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, Chin. The new session will include opportunities for other student and postdoctoral scientists to speak on topics related to protein engineering and post-translational modifications.

Indeed, the 2016 annual meeting will engage scientists at all levels within the ASBMB membership. Moreover, in addition to named lectures delivered by our award winners, plenary lectures will be given by Anna Pyle of Yale University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Michael Rosen of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and HHMI; Jared Rutter of the University of Utah and HHMI; Peter Walter of the University of California, San Francisco, and HHMI; Xiaowei Zhuang or Harvard University and HHMI; and Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health.

As always, each symposium will incorporate short platform presentations selected from the submitted poster abstracts, and will sponsor a poster competition with cash awards for the winners. Undergraduate and graduate students are especially encouraged to submit abstracts and to apply for generous travel awards.

The ASBMB annual meeting will allow you to learn about other disciplines and to interact with the broader membership by offering the atmosphere of a small, specialized conference within each of the individual themes and of a large conference across the various themes. Furthermore, in conjunction with the 2016 Experimental Biology conference you will have an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the latest discoveries in every facet of biology.

Your participation will be rewarded with exposure to great science, opportunities to establish collaborations and to network, and access to mentoring and career advice. We promise not only wonderful science but also awesome weather! Submit your abstracts today and prepare yourselves for a fascinating experience!

Squire J. Booker

Squire J. Booker, Pennsylvania State University
and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 2016 program co-chair 

Wei Yang

Wei Yang, University of Georgia, 2016 program co-chair