ASBMB Fellows

Selection as a Fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is an honor bestowed on our most distinguished members. Fellows are recognized for their contributions to the ASBMB, as well as meritorious efforts to advance the molecular life sciences through sustained outstanding accomplishments in areas such as scientific research, diversity, education, mentorship and service to the scientific community.

How fellows are honored

Fellows receive a crystal award and a pin, and are recognized by the ASBMB in various public forums including a profile on the ASBMB website, an announcement in the member email newsletter, inclusion in the ASBMB Today magazine, and an announcement on ASBMB social media channels. Fellows will also be recognized and honored at the ASBMB annual meeting.

Nominations

The ASBMB Fellows program encourages nominations that reflect the breadth and diversity of the society’s membership.

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The 2022 ASBMB fellows

Vahe Bandarian

Vahe Bandarian

Professor of biological chemistry, University of Utah

Research interests: Developing molecular level understanding of biosynthesis of complex natural products.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • Minority Affairs Committee
  • Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee
  • JBC Editorial Board

From nominator Catherine Drennan: "His CV has example after example of newly discovered chemistry, newly discovered enzymes and biochemical mysteries solved."

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Jeffrey Benovic

Jeffrey Benovic

Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Thomas Jefferson University

Research interests: Regulation of G protein–coupled receptor signaling.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • ASBMB Council
  • Publications Committee
  • JBC Editorial Board

From nominators Steven McMahon: "Dr. Benovic’s investigations opened up an entire new field of study... (and) his contributions to biochemistry extend well beyond his own scientific discoveries."

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Ralph Bradshaw

Ralph Bradshaw

Emeritus professor of physiology and biophysics, University of California, Irvine
Professor of pharmacology, University of California, San Diego

Research interests: Growth factor action, signal transduction and protein processing.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • ASBMB Council
  • Public Affairs Advisory Committee
  • MCP editor-in-chief

From nominators William Merrick: "I can think of no one who has devoted more time and energy to the ASBMB in his almost 60 years as a researcher."

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David Brautigan

David Brautigan

Emeritus professor of microbiology, immunology and cancer biology, University of Virginia

Research interests: Signal transduction by protein kinases and phosphatases.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • ASBMB Council
  • Public Affairs Advisory Committee
  • JBC Editorial Board

From nominator John Lazo: "In addition to his admirable research record, David has committed a significant amount of his effort to support ASBMB."

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Alma Burlingame

Alma Burlingame

Professor of chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry, University of California, San Francisco

Research interests: Using proteomic techniques to study diverse protein-level challenges.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • ASBMB Council
  • MCP editor-in-chief and cofounder

From nominator Steven Carr: "He has worked tirelessly on behalf of biological mass spectrometry and proteomics community... Al has been a strong and passionate spokesman for our field."

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Willam Clemons

Willam Clemons

Professor of biochemistry, California Institute of Technology

Research interests: Tail-anchored protein targeting, membrane protein expression and bacterial glycobiology.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • JBC Editorial Board

From nominator Douglas Rees: "(Clemons's) research has been at the forefront of advances providing the structural foundations of integral membrane protein biogenesis, and he has been a remarkable advocate for the diversification of STEM through his leadership and tireless efforts."

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Anita Corbett

Anita Corbett

Professor of biology, Emory University

Research interests: Function of evolutionarily-conserved RNA binding proteins.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • Public Affairs Advisory Committee
  • JBC Editorial Board

From nominator Christine Dunham: "Dr. Corbett is an outstanding scientist and committed member of the ASBMB community."

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Paul Craig

Paul Craig

Professor of chemistry and materials science, Rochester Institute of Technology

Research interests: Developing interactive computer programs that simulate separations processes encountered in biochemistry and proteomics.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • Education and Professional Development Committee
  • ASBMB Today editorial advisory board

From nominator Lea Michel: "Paul is the epitome of an outstanding teacher–scholar."

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Dennis Dean

Dennis Dean

Distinguished professor of biochemistry, Virginia Tech

Research interests: Mechanism for biological nitrogen fixation and the biological pathways for assembly of simple and complex metalloclusters.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • Publications Committee
  • JBC Editorial Board

From nominator Squire Booker: "It can be argued that he is the father of the field of ironsulfur cluster biogenesis."

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Christine Dunham

Christine Dunham

Professor of biochemistry, Emory University

Research interests: Effect of RNA modifications, bacterial toxins and antibiotics on gene expression.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • JBC Editorial Board
  • Publications Committee

From nominator Anita Corbett: "In her research group, Dr. Dunham has tackled critical scientific questions that are key... to addressing one of the most pressing clinical challenges of the day in antibiotic resistance."

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Barbara Gordon

Barbara Gordon

Former executive director of the ASBMB

From nominator Gaylen Bradley: "Barbara Gordon has made exceptional contributions to the society and its programs over and above her role as an employee."

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Susanna Greer

Susanna Greer

Senior director for clinical cancer research and immunology, American Cancer Society

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • ASBMB Council
  • Science Outreach and Communication Committee

From nominators Nicole Woitowich and Matt Koci: "She is a champion for broader representation among scientists, and making science more accessible to the public and stakeholders."

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J. Silvio Gutkind

J. Silvio Gutkind

Distinguished professor of pharmacology, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

Research interests: G proteins and GPCRs.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • JBC Editorial Board

From nominator Sarah Spiegel: "Silvio is a scientific superstar and one of the preeminent biomedical scientists active in the U.S., indeed in the world."

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Yusuf Hannun

Yusuf Hannun

Director, Stony Brook Cancer Center

Research interests: Roles of sphingolipids in cell signaling, programmed cell death and carcinogenesis.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • JBC Editorial Board
  • Lipid Research Division cofounder

From nominators: "He brings honor and recognition to the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology."

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Gerald Hart

Gerald Hart

Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, University of Georgia

Research interests: How nutrients regulate signaling and transcription by O-GlcNAcylation.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • Past president
  • ASBMB Council
  • JBC Editorial Board
  • MCP associate editor

From nominators Christopher West and Michael Tiemeyer: "Jerry is broadly recognized and appreciated as an excellent citizen, always willing to do what is needed to support the group effort. He is approachable to students and faculty colleagues, unpretentious and can be counted on to offer a thoughtful and balanced opinion on wide-ranging issues."

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Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Professor of molecular medicine, Scripps Research Institute

Research interests: Structure, function and regulation of cytochrome P450.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • JBC Editorial Board

From nominator F. Peter Guengerich: "Throughout Eric's career, one of the hallmarks of his research is the very high quality of his work, regardless of the scientific area he works in."

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Daniel Leahy

Daniel Leahy

Professor of molecular biosciences, University of Texas at Austin

Research interests: Molecular mechanisms of signaling in EGFR and Hedgehog signaling pathways.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • ASBMB Council

From nominators Jessie Zhang, Daniel Raben and Jason McLellan: "Dan Leahy's achievements and leadership have made tremendous impacts on the scientific society and community."

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Alfred Merrill

Alfred Merrill

Emeritus professor of biosciences, Georgia Institute of Technology

Research interests: Sphingolipids and mass spectrometry.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • JBC Editorial Board
  • JLR associate editor

From nominator George Carman: "Al has made impressive contributions to science through both the discoveries by his laboratory and his assistance to others through service activities."

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Beronda Montgomery

Beronda Montgomery

Dean and vice president of academic affairs, Grinnell College

Research interests: How photosynthetic organisms respond to their environments.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • JBC Editorial Board

From nominator Thomas Sharkey: "(Montgomery) has worked tirelessly to achieve an exemplary record of scholarly research, mentoring and public service through diversity initiatives... (and) is a treasured colleague in many spheres of the scientific academy."

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Kim Orth

Kim Orth

Professor of molecular biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Research interests: Interactions between bacterial effectors and host cells in infection.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • Meetings Committee
  • Awards Committee

From nominator Eric Olson: "(Orth's work) represents a unique convergence of biochemistry and cellular biology with the basic mechanisms of infectious disease."

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Reuben Peters

Reuben Peters

Distinguished professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, Iowa State University

Research interests: Synthetic pathways of diterpenoids.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • JBC Editorial Board
  • IMAGE steering committee

From nominator Squire Booker: "In addition to his scientific accomplishments, Prof. Peters has been a leader with regard to service to the profession, especially ASBMB, and has given his time selflessly to mentoring the next generation of scientists. "

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Margaret Phillips

Margaret Phillips

Professor of biochemistry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Research interests: Metabolism in protozoan parasites.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • JBC Editorial Board

From nominator Kim Orth: "(Phillips) exemplifies the curious, clever, efficacious, rigorous and altruistic science that her peers drive to emulate."

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Mary Roberts

Mary Roberts

Emeritus professor of chemistry, Boston College

Research interests: Protein–membrane interactions.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • JBC Editorial Board

From nominator Lizbeth Hedstrom: "(Roberts’) plethora of scientific contributions were facilitated by her generosity, manifest in many successful, lasting collaborations."

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John Scott

John Scott

Professor of cell signaling and cancer biology, University of Washington

Research interests: Role of anchoring proteins in modulating kinase activity.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • ASBMB Council
  • JBC Editorial Board

From nominator Alexandra Newton: "John is a passionate biochemist... (and) is an outstanding citizen to the biochemistry community."

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Robert Stahelin

Robert Stahelin

Professor of pharmacy and medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology, Purdue University

Research interests: Protein–lipid interactions.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • Lipid Research Division co-director
  • JLR Editorial Board

From nominator Erica Ollmann Saphire: "Rob’s service and dedication to the lipid research community (specifically the Lipid Research Division of ASBMB), ASBMB and ASBMB society journals have been nothing short of outstanding."

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Alex Toker

Alex Toker

Associate director, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Cancer Research Institute
Professor of pathology, Harvard Medical School

Research interests: Effect of lipid kinase PI(3)K on cancer cell behavior.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • ASBMB Council
  • JBC editor-in-chief

From nominator Lila Gierasch: "(Toker) has the wonderful combination of superb research stature, generous and influential service to his profession (notably ASBMB), and compassionate and effective mentoring that position him perfectly to be selected as an ASBMB fellow."

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Nathan Vanderford

Nathan Vanderford

Associate professor of toxicology and cancer biology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Research interests: Cancer disparities, health promotion, cancer education and training.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • Education and Professional Development Committee

From nominator Xiaoqi Liu: "Nathan has done what few faculty do in terms of creating a highly innovative and impactful program that is preparing a unique set of underserved students for graduate and professional school and ultimately for a future career in oncology while also enhancing Appalachian Kentucky residents’ understanding of cancer."

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Dennis Voelker

Dennis Voelker

Professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics and medicine, National Jewish Health/University of Colorado School of Medicine

Research interests: Phospholipid–protein interactions, lipid metabolism and lipid transport.

Highlights of ASBMB involvement

  • JBC associate editor

From nominator George Carman: "(Voelker) has had a profound influence on our current understanding of lipid synthesis and transport and the roles lipids play in disease ... (and) provides exemplary service to ASBMB."

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2021 ASBMB Fellows

Meet the inaugural ASBMB Fellows.