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May 26, 2024

Every week, we update this list with new meetings, awards, scholarships and events to help you advance your career. If you’d like us to feature something that you’re offering to the bioscience community, email us with the subject line “For calendar.” ASBMB members’ offerings take priority, and we do not promote products/services. Learn how to advertise in ASBMB Today.

May 29: ASBMB seminar on the regulation and function of membrane lipids

The ASBMB Lipid Research Division's Seminar Series features presentations from young researchers. The series will return on May 29 free of charge and open to the public. The virtual event will start at 12 p.m. Eastern. Register for the seminar.


Bhagirath Chaurasia, University of Iowa
Ceramide induced lipotoxicity in metabolic diseases

Jecy (Yeeun) Son, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
FLVCR1 regulates head group entry into the Kennedy pathway

May 29: ASBMB webinar on DOD funding and training

Join the ASBMB public affairs department for its monthly “Finding the funds” webinar connecting ASBMB members with the unique funding opportunities available to them as BMB scientists. In this edition, the Department of Defense will present its funding priorities, award opportunities and training grants. Learn more and register.

May 30: Vote in the 2024 ASBMB election

ASBMB members, it's time to vote in the 2024 ASBMB election. Open positions:

  • ASBMB Council
  • Treasurer
  • Nominating Committee
  • Publications Committee
Learn more about the candidates and cast your vote by May 30.

May 31: These industry partnership opportunities close

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has teamed up with Halo to provide ASBMB members fresh industry partnership opportunities each month. Learn more about how Halo works. Requests for assistance from companies seeking certain expertise and technologies include:

  • BASF: Toward a greener future: Micro-algae production of base chemicals
  • Bayer Pharma: Ventricular heart tissue samples and linked clinical data
  • Bayer Pharma: Human stem cells from patients with genetically derived cardiomyopathy

See the most recent opportunities.

June 6: ABRCMS virtual event on supporting trainees' mental health

The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists is hosting a virtual event for faculty titled "Struggling in STEM: Supporting mental health in trainees." Learn more.

June 10: ASBMB webinar on coping with midcareer doldrums

Join us for a panel discussion with faculty members who employed unique strategies to overcome their doldrums and keep moving toward their professional goals. This free event begins at 2 p.m. on June 10 and is sponsored by the ASBMB Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee. Learn more and register.

June 26: ASBMB webinar on NIAMS funding and training opportunities

Join the ASBMB public affairs department in its monthly “Finding the funds” webinar connecting ASBMB members with the unique funding opportunities available to them as BMB scientists. In this edition, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases will present its funding priorities, award opportunities and training grants. Learn more and register.

July 10: Abstracts due for ASBMB transcriptional regulation meeting

The fields of transcription biochemistry and molecular biology have become one with chromatin biology and epigenetics with extensive cross-talk. RNA polymerase II and its transcription machinery play an essential role in the modification and remodeling of chromatin, and chromatin regulates gene expression in both normal and pathological conditions. Present your work Sept. 26–30 at this ASBMB conference on transcriptional regulation in Alexandria, Va. Submit your abstract and get a discount on registration by July 10.

July 17: ASBMB webinar on NINDS funding and training

Join the ASBMB public affairs department at its monthly “Finding the funds” webinar connecting ASBMB members with the unique funding opportunities that are available to them as BMB scientists. In this edition, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke will presents its funding priorities, award opportunities and training grants. Learn more and register.

Aug. 1: ASBMB "Molecular Motifs" bioart contest entries due

Help us celebrate the beauty of biochemistry and molecular biology by submitting your artwork to the ASBMB's "Molecular Motifs" contest! Submissions may include:

  • Photographs (fluorescence microscopy, cells, photos of 3D artworks etc.).
  • Molecular visualizations.
  • Data visualizations.
  • Biomedical illustrations.
This contest is open to all ASBMB members. Learn more and submit your artwork.

Oct. 21–25: Conference on epigenetic regulation and genome stability

The ASBMB has partnered with the Biophysical Society of China for a meeting on the interplay between epigenetic regulation and genome stability. It will be held Oct. 21–25 in Wuhan, China. There will be seven platform sessions devoted to oral presentations and two poster sessions. In addition to presentations from two keynote speakers and 30 invited speakers, there will be 14 short talks chosen from the abstracts submitted. Learn more and register.

Jan. 21–24: ASBMB Deuel Conference on Lipids

The 2025 Deuel conference will be at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, Calif. It is a must-attend event for leading lipids investigators — and for scientists who’ve just begun to explore the role of lipids in their research programs. The conference is a forum for the presentation of new and unpublished data, and attendees enjoy an informal atmosphere that encourages discussion. Interested scientists are invited to attend and encourage trainees to submit abstracts. Read our Q&A with the organizers. Learn more.

March 31: Free online course on career planning for early-career scientists

"Career planning for early career scientists" is a free online course by iBiology that will help participants learn valuable career planning skills. The course is open for enrollment until March 31. Learn more.

Summer 2025: Save the date for ASBMB's meeting on ferroptosis

Ferroptosis is form of cell death that integrates biochemistry and molecular biology related to iron homeostasis, redox biology and diverse aspects of metabolism. This meeting will focus on the biochemical and molecular aspects of ferroptosis and how they relate to normal homeostasis and disruptions of homeostasis. Recent exciting advances in new pathways controlling ferroptosis make a meeting on this topic timely. Attendees will meet experts, present their research, get new ideas and form new collaborations in this rapidly growing field. Stay tuned for more information.

June 26–29, 2025: Save the date for ASBMB's meeting on evolution and core processes in gene expression

The evolution of organismal diversity and the mechanisms of gene expression are mutually dependent processes. Evolutionary processes operate at the level of gene expression, especially at the level of cis-regulatory sequences as such changes are expected to be less pleiotropic than changes at the protein level. Conversely, cis-regulatory variation is an important component in the study of gene regulation, and identifying cis-regulatory changes that alter gene expression is key to identifying causal variants underlying human diseases.

The focus of this meeting, which will be held at Stowers Institute in Kansas City, Mo., is therefore to discuss the most recent insights into the cis-regulatory code, how cis-regulatory information is read out by transcription factors, signaling pathways and other proteins, how cellular diversity is created during development and how we can study this problem using cutting edge genomics technology and computational methods. Learn more.

July 10–13, 2025: Save the date for ASBMB's meetings on O-GlcNAcylation in health and disease

This meeting, which will be held in Durham, N.C., will draw experts from around the world to discuss the O-GlcNAc cycling enzymes and the O-GlcNAc modification in modulating protein function in basic biological processes as well as in disease states, including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and neurological diseases.

Additionally, graduate and postdoctoral students will be selected for oral talks and have opportunities to discuss their work at poster sessions. If you want to learn about O-GlcNAc, have just started working on this modification, want to find a collaborator for your next project, or learn the latest discovery in the field, this meeting is for you! Learn more.

Aug. 17–21, 2025: The 15th international symposium on proteomics in the life sciences

This five-day symposium, held at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., will be an international forum for discussion of the remarkable advances in cell and human protein biology revealed by ever-more-innovative and powerful proteomics technologies. The symposium will juxtapose sessions about methodological advances with sessions about the roles those advances play in solving problems and seizing opportunities to understand the composition, dynamics and function of cellular machinery in numerous biological contexts. It will also articulate urgent, unmet needs and unsolved problems that will drive the field in the future. In addition to talks by invited plenary and session speakers, short talks will be selected from submitted abstracts. Registration and abstract-submission information will be available in late 2024. Learn more and sign up for email updates to stay informed.

Do you have a great idea for a scientific event?

We are now accepting proposals for scientific events to be held in 2024 and 2025. You pick the topic, the sessions and the speakers, and we’ll do the rest.

That’s right! We’ll manage registration, market the event to tens of thousands of scientists, and handle all the logistics so that you can focus on the science.  

The top areas of research interest among ASBMB members include the following, but we’ll consider all proposals:  

  • Protein structure and folding 
  • Molecular bases of disease 
  • Gene regulation 
  • Signal transduction 
  • Metabolism 

What molecule, method or research question needs more attention? We’re here to help you realize your vision and deliver cutting-edge science to the BMB community. 

Propose an event.

Year-round: Van Andel Institute postdoc preview applications

Van Andel Institute offers sernior graduate students who are exploring postdoc options the opportunity to visit VAI to learn about its postdoctoral training positions. Applications are accepted year-round, and participants will meet one-on-one with faculty and explore VAI's scientific resources. There is no cost to attend for selected applicants. Learn more.

Year-round: HHMI Janelia Visiting Scientist Program applications

Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and established senior investigators are all invited to participate in Janelia's Visiting Scientist Program. Janelia accepts visitor proposals on a continuous basis. Since 2007, more than 410 visiting scientists from 23 countries have participated in the program. Learn more.

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