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Martin J. Spiering

Martin J. Spiering
Martin Spiering is the technical editor of ASBMB’s flagship publication, the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and a board-certified editor in the life sciences. He earned an master's degree in biology from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and a Ph.D. in microbiology from Massey University in New Zealand. He worked in labs across the globe until he finally saw the light and settled in suburban Maryland, where almost everyone hails from a different speck of the world. Besides editing titles and abstracts of JBC articles, he writes for the journal’s Classics series, highlighting papers that have made a major impact on a research field. Apart from writing and editing, Martin likes hiking with his family, reading nonfiction and philosophy, and puttering around in the garden or kitchen. 

Articles by Martin J. Spiering

Yeast as a detective’s assistant
Journal News

Yeast as a detective’s assistant

4/17/2020
Susan Henry has studied inositol metabolism in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae since the 1970s. Three of the resulting papers are Journal of Biological Chemistry Classics. Susan Henry has studied inositol metabolism in the yeast...
The best of two worlds
Journal News

The best of two worlds

3/19/2020
Cecil Pickett’s research career spanned several decades and led to pivotal findings on oxidative stress responses and key breakthroughs in drug discovery.
How to catch an HIF
Journal News

How to catch an HIF

1/10/2020
The 1995 discovery of hypoxia-inducible factor by the lab of Gregg Semenza was a major milestone in figuring out how cells sense oxygen.
JBC: Tor comes to the fore in autophagy
Journal News

JBC: Tor comes to the fore in autophagy

12/1/2019
Yoshinori Ohsumi, Takeshi Noda and colleagues at the National Institute for Basic Biology in Japan discovered that the Tor protein controls the breakdown process of autophagy in yeast cells. Martin Spiering writes about their classic paper.
JBC: Snug as a bug in the mud
Journal News

JBC: Snug as a bug in the mud

11/1/2019
Two 1961 papers in the Journal of Biological Chemistry by Konrad Bloch, Howard Goldfine and colleagues reported that the anaerobic bacteria species clostridia produce unsaturated fatty acids via a route distinct from that in aerobic cells.
JBC: Peptides to the rescue
Journal News

JBC: Peptides to the rescue

10/1/2019
Martin Spiering talks to Daniel Drucker, senior author on a seminal 2003 paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that showed that signaling of the glucose regulator GLP-1R protects beta cells from cell death.
JBC: On the trail of steroid aromatase
Journal News

JBC: On the trail of steroid aromatase

9/1/2019
Three papers by Kenneth J. Ryan, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and now recognized as classics, laid the groundwork for understanding the role of steroid aromatase and other steroid-modifying enzymes in estrogen biosynthesis.
JBC: The mystery of metformin
Journal News

JBC: The mystery of metformin

5/1/2019
Sixty years after Jean Sterne discovered that metformin lowers blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes, researchers are still trying to figure out the drug’s molecular mechanism.
JBC: The discovery of GABA in the brain
Journal News

JBC: The discovery of GABA in the brain

1/1/2019
In 1950, when Eugene Roberts and Sam Frankel identified gamma-aminobutyric acid as a major amine in the brain in a paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the scientific community’s initial response was rather muted.
Tips and tricks for writing great conference abstracts
Annual Meeting

Tips and tricks for writing great conference abstracts

9/1/2017
You only have a few hundred words. Martin Spiering tells you how to make every one count.