Public Affairs Advisory Committee
Ronald R. Bach is an associate professor in the department of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School as well as a research health scientist at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He earned both his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees at Yale University. Bach’s research looks at biomarkers of Gulf War Illness and the molecular mechanisms of tissue factor-initiated blood coagulation. He has been an ASBMB member since 1990.
Michael H. Gelb is the Harry and Catherine Jaynne Boand endowed professor of chemistry in the department of chemistry and department of biochemistry at the University of Washington. He studied chemistry and biochemistry as an undergraduate at the University of California, Davis and earned a doctoral degree at Yale University. His current research looks at structure, function, and regulation of interfacial enzymes including phospholipases A2; the structure-based design and combinatorial chemistry of inhibitors of drug targets from parasites that cause tropical diseases and biochemical studies of protein prenylation. Gelb has been an ASBMB member since 1986.
Rachel Green is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and a professor in the department of molecular biology and genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in biological chemistry from Harvard University. She currently uses biochemical approaches to study the mechanism of translation by the ribosome, and its regulation, in bacterial and eukaryotic systems.
Laura L. Kiessling is a MacArthur Foundation fellow and Hilldale professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her doctorate from Yale University. Her group develops and implements synthetic methods that provide access to biologically active compounds for hypothesis- and discovery-driven research. Areas of current focus include chemical glycobiology, multivalent binding in protein-carbohydrate interactions and signal transduction. She has been an ASBMB member since 1994.
Keith R. Yamamoto is a professor in the department of cellular and molecular pharmacology and executive vice dean of the school of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Iowa State University and a doctorate in biochemical sciences from Princeton University. The Yamamoto lab is interested in mechanisms that regulate gene transcription in different cell types and physiological settings. The central focus of their studies is the intracellular receptor superfamily of regulators – metazoan factors that include receptors for steroid and thyroid hormones in mammals. Yamamoto has been a member of ASBMB since 1977.
Paul F. Cook is the Grace B. Kerr centennial professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake College and a doctoral degree from the University of California, Riverside. Cook’s research interests center around the application of kinetic, spectroscopic and recombinant techniques to the elucidation of mechanism of enzyme action. He has been a member of ASBMB since 1982.
Ann Marie Pendergast is James B. Duke professor of pharmacology and cancer biology at Duke University Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and the University of California, Riverside with a doctorate in biochemistry. The goal of her research is to define the role of the Abl family of tyrosine kinases and their targets in normal development and pathological conditions including cancer, bacterial pathogenesis, muscular dystrophies, neurodegenerative disorders and immune deficiencies. Pendergast has been a member of ASBMB since 2006.
Frances Sharom is a professor in the department of molecular and cellular biology at the University of Guelph. She also is a professor and Canada research chair in membrane protein biology and director of the biophysics interdepartmental group graduate program. Sharom received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Guelph and her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario. Her research group takes a multidisciplinary approach, using the tools of biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology and cell biology, to explore how membrane proteins work at the molecular level. Sharom has been a member of ASBMB since 1984.
Mark A. Lemmon is a professor and interim chairman in the department of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oxford and his doctorate degree from Yale University. His research looks at the biochemistry and structural biology of membrane targeting by phospholipid-binding domains.