July 2011

ASBMB announces its 2011 election results

Society selects new president, treasurer and council and committee members.  



Jeremy M. Berg has directed the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health since November 2003. He left that position in June to become the associate vice chancellor for health policy and planning at the University of Pittsburgh as well as assume the role of professor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s department of computational and systems biology. “I am delighted to be elected to this important position at ASBMB,” said Berg. “I am looking forward to working with the other members to promote science that has so much to contribute to American society.” Berg’s research focuses on the structural and functional roles that metal ions, especially zinc, play in proteins. He has made major contributions to understanding how zinc-containing proteins bind to DNA or RNA and regulate gene activity.


Toni M. Antalis is a professor in the department of physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, as well as program director of the molecular medicine graduate program and associate director of the Center for Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases. She studies the molecular biology of angiogenesis and cancer; membrane serine proteases and their inhibitors; regulation of transcription factors by serpins; plasminogen activation and extracellular matrix remodeling in vascular biology.

Council member

David Sabatini is a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, a senior associate member at The Broad Institute, a member of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and an associate professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Sabatini studies the regulation of growth and metabolism in mammals, focusing on a cellular network called the mTOR pathway, which is a critical regulator of growth in many species.

Council member

Wesley I. Sundquist is a professor and co-chair of biochemistry in the Bioscience Graduate Studies Molecular Biology Program at the University of Utah. His research focuses on the molecular and structural biology of retroviruses with particular emphasis on HIV. Projects in the laboratory use NMR, EM, crystallography, biochemical analyses and genetic analysis to understand the architecture and assembly of the viral particle, the mechanisms of intrinsic host cell defenses, and the process of virus budding.

Nominating Committee member

Judith P. Klinman is a professor in the department of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, and a member of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences. She studies the relationship of enzyme structure and dynamics with catalysis. In recent years she has developed a unique set of experimental probes for determining the mechanism of oxygen activation. These probes are beginning to shed light on how proteins can reductively activate O2 to free radical intermediates, while avoiding oxidative damage to themselves.



We thank the following outgoing council and committee members for their service to the society: 

Dafna Bar-Sagi, Council member
Traci M. T. Hall, Meetings Committee member
Tony Hunter, Nominating Committee member
Thomas D. Landefeld, Minority Affairs Committee member
Carla Mattos, Education and Professional Development Committee member
Ishara A. Mills-Henry, Minority Affairs Committee member
Matthew W. Olson, Meetings Committee member
Gregory Petsko, Past-president
Mark M. Rasenick, Public Affairs Advisory Committee Member
Dagmar Ringe, Nominating Committee member
John D. Scott, Membership Committee member
Ali Shilatifard, Meetings Committee member
Thomas E. Smith, Council member
Ann Stock, Council member
James T. Stull, Finance Committee member
Michael Summers, Minority Affairs Committee member

Nominating Committee member

Ian Wilson is the Hansen professor of structural biology at The Scripps Research Institute. He studies the structural basis of immune recognition. One of his major goals is to understand the interaction of foreign antigens with the immune system.

Public Affairs Advisory Committee member

John M. Kyriakis is an investigator and professor of medicine at the Molecular Cardiology Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center, and director of the MCRI Laboratory of Stress Signal Transduction and Gene Regulation. He studies signal transduction in inflammation and cancer.

Public Affairs Advisory Committee member

Leslie Parise is chair of the department of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and has a joint appointment with the department of pharmacology. The goal of her research is to gain a better understanding of how cell signals and adhesion receptors merge to control events in cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Public Affairs Advisory Committee member

Robert Palazzo is provost and a professor of biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research interests include cell biology and biochemistry of centrosomes, mitosis and early development, cell-cycle regulation, fertilization and reproduction, regulation of cell motility, cell structure and function, cell evolution, protein biochemistry, and drug discovery.

Publications Committee member

Judith Storch is a professor in the department of nutritional sciences at Rutgers University’s School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Her research is focused on lipid traffic in cells with particular emphasis on the structural determinants, metabolism and function of long-chain fatty acids, monoacylglycerols and cholesterol. Her laboratory uses a combination of biochemical, biophysical, cell and molecular biological approaches to investigate these areas.

Publications Committee member

Jeffrey L. Benovic is a professor and the chair of the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at Thomas Jefferson University, as well as leader of the Cancer Cell Biology and Signaling Program at the Kimmel Cancer Center. He studies the regulation of G-protein signaling.

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