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
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.
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.
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.