Q&As

Ruma Banerjee
Ruma V. Banerjee, a professor of biological chemistry at the University of Michigan, joined the ranks of The Journal of Biological Chemistry associate editors in April 2012. In December 2011, along with colleague and JBC Associate Editor William Smith, Banerjee oversaw a JBC minireview series on redox sensing and regulation. Here she offers some insights on her work at her home institution and with the journal.
Jeremy Berg
Jeremy Berg, the 83rd president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, spoke with ASBMB Today about his current research interests; the influence of his wife, radiologist Wendie Berg, on his work; and his view of the current scientific landscape.
Steven Briggs Steven P. Briggs
In 2011, Steven P. Briggs at the University of California, San Diego, became an associate editor for Molecular & Cellular Proteomics. Briggs’ research has a two-pronged approach: One focuses on the innate immune system of plants, while the other delves into mass spectrometry technology so that researchers can see directly protein dynamics and interactions on a large scale.
Steve Caplan Steve Caplan
In this interview with ASBMB science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay, Steve Caplan of the University of Nebraska Medical Center shares how he became a scientist, novelist and blogger.
Parag Chitnis
Parag Chitnis, director of the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences at the National Science Foundation, first arrived at the agency in 2002 on loan from his university for what he thought would be a relatively brief stint as a program director. But, as often happens, life had other plans.
Roger Colbran Roger Colbran
ASBMB Today science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay interviewed Roger Colbran, who became an associate editor for The Journal of Biological Chemistry in September. In this Q&A, Colbran talks about his scientific interests, his career path from the United Kingdom to the United States and his work as a JBC associate editor.
Peter Cresswell
Immunologist Peter Cresswell at Yale University joined The Journal of Biological Chemistry as an associate editor in August 2011. Cresswell spoke with ASBMB Today about his research interests, his thoughts on the JBC and his career path.
Ritankar Das Ritankar Das
Ritankar Das, the top graduating senior at the University of California, Berkeley, is the recipient of the prestigious University Medal. The University Medal is awarded to an outstanding graduating student with a minimum GPA of 3.96. With a phenomenal grade-point average of 3.99, 18-year-old Das is the youngest to receive the medal in at least a century. He double majored in chemical biology and bioengineering and minored in creative writing.
Nick Davidson Nick Davidson
Nick O. Davidson is the division chief of gastroenterology at Washington University in St. Louis, where he has presided for more than a decade, and he has had professorships there in the departments of medicine, pharmacology and molecular biology, and developmental biology.
Henrik Dohlman Henrik Dohlman
Henrik Dohlman, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, became an associate editor for The Journal of Biological Chemistry in July 2013. This is a partial transcript of a podcast in which John Kyriakis, a longtime associate editor of the JBC, interviewed Dohlman about his research, his role at the journal and his predictions for the field of biochemistry.
John Exton John Exton
John Exton of Vanderbilt University long has been fascinated by a laboratory run by the husband-wife team of Carl and Gerty Cori, both of whom received the Nobel Prize in 1947 for their work on glycogen metabolism. The Cori lab, which was active from the 1930s through the 1960s at Washington University in St. Louis, spawned six more Nobel laureates and a host of famous biochemists. In this interview, Exton talks about writing his book about the Cori lab, “Crucible of Science.”
Eric Fearon Eric Fearon
In January 2013, Eric Fearon at the University of Michigan Medical School joined the ranks of the associate editors at The Journal of Biological Chemistry. Fearon has a longstanding interest in the molecular mechanisms underlying colorectal cancer progression.
Martha Fedor Martha Fedor
The Journal of Biological Chemistry's editor-in-chief, Martha Fedor, talks about her background, her research and her plans for the journal.
Amanda Fosang Amanda Fosang
Science writer Rajenadrani Mukhopadhyay interviewed Amanda Fosang, a faculty member at the University of Melbourne and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Australia. Fosang joined the ranks of the associate editors of The Journal of Biological Chemistry in September.
Velia Fowler Velia Fowler
Velia Fowler at The Scripps Research Institute became an associate editor for The Journal of Biological Chemistry in April 2013. Her laboratory focuses on the roles of the actin cytoskeleton in cell architecture and physiology in organs such as muscle, blood and eyes. ASBMB’s science writer, Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay, talked with Fowler to learn more about her scientific interests, career and hobbies.
Paul Fraser Paul E. Fraser
In July 2011, Paul E. Fraser at the University of Toronto became an associate editor for The Journal of Biological Chemistry. An expert in neurodegenerative diseases, Fraser focuses on the biochemistry and biophysics of amyloid plaques and their connections to Alzheimer’s disease.
Laurie Glimcher Laurie Glimcher
On Jan. 1, 2012, Laurie Glimcher of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health became the first woman to serve as dean of Weill Cornell Medical College in Manhattan. ASBMB Today spoke with Glimcher to find out about her goals for Weill Cornell Medical College, her vision for the future of the biomedical research enterprise, her management style, and her ideas to help women take on more prominent roles in science and medicine.
Carol Greider Carol Greider
Nobel laureate Carol Greider talks about life after receiving the Nobel prize for her work in discovering the enzyme telomerase.
Jerry Hart
He doesn’t break a sweat juggling his duties as an associate editor for both the JBC and MCP — all while leading a department at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Philip Leder Philip Leder
A conversation with Philip Leder on the genetic code experiments that he began 50 years ago.
Mike Morrow Mike Morrow
Mike Morrow, professor of biology at the University of Montana Western, was named the Carnegie Foundation 2012 Montana Professor of the Year. Sponsored every year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, this national award honors instructors for their contributions to undergraduate education. He is the fourth professor in a row from the university, located in Dillon, Mont., to win the award.
Jeremy Nicholson Jeremy Nicholson
Jeremy Nicholson of Imperial College London is heading up the U.K.’s government-funded phenome center, which will undertake population-scale metabolic phenotyping and profiling. Nicholson is one of the pioneers in metabonomics, the systemic study of the responses of small molecules or metabolites that are expressed in a cell, tissue or organ to physiological or pathological stimulation or genetic modification.
Santa Ono Santa J. Ono
Santa Jeremy Ono became president of the University of Cincinnati in late October after previously serving as interim president, as senior vice president for academic affairs and as provost. He’s a professor of pediatrics at the College of Medicine and a research faculty member at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Jeffrey Pessin Jeffrey Pessin
Jeffrey Pessin, director of the Diabetes Research Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, joined the ranks of the associate editors at The Journal of Biological Chemistry in November 2012. Science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay talked with him about his research and new JBC position.
Stefan Schulz Stefan Schulz
For some spider species, love definitely is in the air. These arthropods emit sex pheromones, which are volatile compounds, to communicate with prospective mates, initiate courtship and accept partners.
Anne Stephenson
In July 2011, F. Anne Stephenson became an associate editor for the Journal of Biological Chemistry after serving as an editorial board member for more than eight years. Stephenson spoke with ASBMB Today about her research interests, her thoughts on the JBC, and her perspective on life.
Alex Toker Alex Toker
Alex Toker at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in January 2013 joined the ranks of the associate editors at The Journal of Biological Chemistry. His laboratory focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of cancer progression. He spoke with ASBMB Today’s science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay.
Julian Voss-Andreae
Julian Voss-Andreae is a German-born sculptor whose works are strongly influenced by science. Having started as a painter, he changed course in his early twenties and studied physics and quantum physics at the universities of Berlin, Edinburgh and Vienna. His recent commissions include a large-scale outdoor piece for the Scripps Research Institute in Florida and a sculpture for Nobel laureate Roderick MacKinnon at the Rockefeller University in New York City.