Courtney Chandler has been an ASBMB Today contributor since 2016 and has a passion for scientific communication. You’ll see her insights on career paths for scientists monthly in her ASBMB Today column. She earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from the biochemistry and molecular biology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She loves Baltimore and decided it was the city for her (crabs are a personal favorite). She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She's also a member of the Journal of Biological Chemistry's Early Career Reviewer Board. When she’s not researching or writing, Courtney likes to travel, cook and read.
Articles by Courtney Chandler
May 5, 2023
Our academic careers columnist talked to veteran scientist and educator Joe Chihade of Carleton College about designing an effective lab course.
July 15, 2022
These campus groups advocate on your behalf, offer professional-development programming and sometimes even provide funding to those in need.
Feb. 22, 2022
The first Black man to hold a tenured academic appointment at Washington University School of Medicine didn’t have a college degree.
Dec. 7, 2021
Alex Toker has won the ASBMB’s Avanti Award in Lipids recognizing outstanding research contributions in the area of lipids
Sept. 24, 2021
Our industry careers columnist talked with Dominique Gales–Badea at Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies about her professional journey.
March 5, 2021
Our industry careers columnist talked to Sadiye Amcaoglu Rieder, who has worked in biotech for more than five years and currently works at Viela Bio.
Feb. 3, 2021
Spelman College has developed approaches to train and retain STEM grads. Will other institutions follow suit?
Oct. 9, 2020
Our careers columnist Courtney Chandler talked to Sunita Dodani about her professional journey, which has spanned the medical, research, and healthcare industries.
Aug. 21, 2020
Careers columnist Courtney Chandler continues to explore careers in the food sciences. This week she talked to Jody Renner–Nantz of DDW, The Color House, a global manufacturer of natural colors.
May 29, 2020
Industry careers columnist Courtney Chandler spoke with Stephen Amato, department chair for regulatory affairs, quality assurance and advance manufacturing at Northeastern University in Boston.
May 8, 2020
Our careers columnist explores the role of technology specialist by talking to Jonathan Levine, a next-generation sequencing specialist with the synthetic DNA company Twist Bioscience.
April 17, 2020
Careers columnist Courtney Chandler talks to Chad Whitman, an account executive with the digital genome engineering company Inscripta, about his job.
Feb. 14, 2020
The medical technology company BD has a training program for new scientists who want to get experience in different business units and roles. Our careers columnist spoke to a program participant about her experiences.
Dec. 1, 2019
After Rotonya Carr had trained and practiced as a primary-care physician, the JLR junior associate editor went to work in a lab studying the biology of fatty liver disease.
Nov. 13, 2019
Our careers columnist interviewed Isaiah Hankel, founder and CEO of Cheeky Scientist. His company specializes in helping Ph.Ds. transition into careers in industry.
Nov. 1, 2019
Kim Orth, Nicole DeNisco and a team at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have found that a variety of bacteria, not just one strain, correlate with recurrent urinary tract infections.
Oct. 4, 2019
Our careers columnist writes about the duties and skills required of research scientists, research coordinators and research associates working on clinical trials.
June 1, 2019
Melanie McReynolds, a postdoc at Princeton, studies how the molecule nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, which decreases with disease and age, is produced and used. She also shares her insights to motivate younger scientists.
April 1, 2019
In the field of bacterial lipid trafficking, Shu-Sin Chng has defined the biochemical mechanisms of the membrane lipid asymmetry system in Escherichia coli and reported that the Tol-Pal system is actively involved in phospholipid transport.
April 1, 2019
Vytas Bankaitis is recognized for his work on elucidating the role of lipid transfer and phosphatidylinositol exchange proteins in cell biology.
March 1, 2019
John Melchior refined a technique to separate high-density lipoprotein particles based on the presence of certain proteins.
March 1, 2019
Fan Liu uses cross-linking mass spectrometry to describe the interactome of intact mitochondria.
Dec. 1, 2018
How early screening can help cure a rare genetic disease in newborns. The connection of genes, brains and immune cells in a risk factor for obesity. The difference between white and brown fat cells. Read about this research and more in our roundup o…
Dec. 1, 2018
Janice Knepper’s most recent paper focuses on the function of a protein called Zc3h8, which her lab at Villanova University — staffed largely by undergrads — found can contribute to aggressive tumor behavior in breast cancer models.
Sept. 1, 2018
What’s the link between lipids and sleep apnea? How is obesity related to fertility? What’s the fastest way to screen heart drugs? Read about these topics and more in our roundup of recent papers from the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Journa…
April 1, 2018
Kim Orth of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has worked to elucidate the activity of bacterial virulence factors on the molecular level.
Jan. 1, 2018
Manu Ben–Johny, a postdoc at Johns Hopkins University, studies the molecular and physical properties involved in channel fine-tuning and how synthetic proteins can modulate channel function.
Sept. 1, 2017
The eight articles in this Journal of Lipid Research review series study a lipid carrier protein that greatly increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
June 1, 2017
A study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry by the lab of Nobel laureate Yoshinori Ohsumi revealed that the cellular-degradation system known as autophagy is another consequence of zinc starvation.
April 1, 2017
Volker Haucke at the Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology is recognized for defining the roles of membrane lipid homeostasis in cellular transport.
Nov. 1, 2016
Thraustochytrium are an important source for dietary omega-3 fatty acids. New research shows how they produce such quantities.