2021 ASBMB election results

Learn about the president-elect, treasurer and members of Council and Nominating Committee
ASBMB Today Staff
By ASBMB Today Staff
Aug. 24, 2021

Members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology have elected several new leaders. The society has a new president-elect. Three members of the Council and the treasurer were re-elected. And  the Nominating Committee has two new members. (Access the ASBMB Today voter guide to see all of the candidates who ran for office.)


The ASBMB is governed by an elected Council that is led by the president. The elected person serves for one year as president-elect, two years as president and one year as past-president.

Ann Stock

Ann Stock, a distinguished professor at Rutgers University–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the new president-elect. Stock has been a member of the society since 1991. She has served on Council, Finance Committee, Education and Professional Development Committee and the society's accreditation application review subcommittee.

"I view the society as a collective voice for members of our discipline to define and promote core values and standards of excellence, while also serving as a force to drive change," Stock wrote. "I applaud the society’s past successes in providing an inclusive community for members, establishing and maintaining the highest standards in scientific publishing, disseminating scientific advances, recognizing achievements of members, promoting best practices in education and training, furthering scientific communication and outreach, and advocating for research and science policy. There is always more to do in these areas, and I believe they should continue to be the foundation of society activities."

Read her full candidate profile.


The ASBMB Council serves as an advisory board to the president and the executive director for setting priorities and strategic directions, overseeing resource allocations and ensuring that all activities align with the mission of the society. Councilors are elected for three-year terms and can be re-elected or reappointed to serve one additional term.

Audrey Lamb

The members re-elected to Council are Audrey Lamb, James Ntambi and Kelly Ten Hagen.

Lamb is a professor and chair of the chemistry department at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has been a member of Council since 2018 and a member of the society since 2011.

"I recently moved my research program from an R1 Association of American Universities institution to an R2 Hispanic-serving institution," Lamb wrote. "I would like the new perspective that comes from my new home environs to be reflected on Council as we make the decisions that could have differential outcomes for underrepresented scientists and society members with increased teaching and service responsibilities."

James Ntambi

Read her full candidate profile.

Ntambi is a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison biochemistry department. He has been a member of Council since 2018 and a member of the society since 2007. He is an editorial board member for the Journal of Biological Chemistry and won the ASBMB's Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education in 2013.

"In addition to teaching several graduate and undergraduate courses at UW–Madison, I have been involved in international teaching and research for several years," Ntambi wrote.

He continued: "I strive to translate basic science research into treatment and prevention strategies and share the validated treatment and prevention tools to the communities in developing countries and across the world."

Kelly Ten Hagen

Read his full candidate profile.

Ten Hagen is a senior investigator and chief of the Developmental Glycobiology Section at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. She has served on Council and ASBMB Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology committee since 2019. Before that, she was a member of the Meetings Committee and Journal of Biological Chemistry editorial board. She has been a member of the ASBMB since 2006. Read her full candidate profile.


The ASBMB Finance Committee assists the Council in fulfilling its financial oversight responsibilities by monitoring the society's financial resources, including budgeting and financial planning, financial reporting, internal controls and accounting policies, and investment fund strategies. The treasurer leads the committee over a three-year term and can be re-elected or reappointed to serve an additional term.

Joan Conaway

Joan Conaway of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas ran for re-election unopposed.

"It has been an honor to contribute to the ASBMB as its treasurer since 2019, and I am interested in continuing to serve in that role to work with the Council and staff leadership to keep the society on a firm financial footing so that it can sustain and grow its journals, meetings, educational and professional development, and other programs for many years to come," Conaway wrote.

Conaway is a professor, vice provost and dean at UT Southwestern. She has been a member of the ASBMB since 1988 and has served in several leadership positions. She's been on the Nominating Committee, Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee, Meetings Committee, Council and Finance Committee. In addition, she has served as an editorial board member and associate editor for the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Read her full candidate profile.

Nominating Committee

The ASBMB Nominating Committee nominates regular members of the society to stand for election for president, Council, Publications Committee and the Nominating Committee. Committee members are elected for three-year terms and can be re-elected or reappointed to serve one additional term.

Both of the candidates for the Nominating Committee were elected this year.

Kelly Chacón

Kelly Chacón is an associate professor at Reed College's chemistry department. She has been on the ASBMB Today editorial advisory board since 2019.

"The ASBMB has continually pushed for visibility, representation and wellness of minoritized groups in the biochemical sciences while also highlighting our amazing science! As a proud member of the committee, I would be in a position to scout for, promote and amplify diverse voices of our organization and provide opportunities for those folks to become more involved with the society," she wrote.

Kayunta Johnson–Winters

Read her full candidate profile.

Kayunta Johnson–Winters is an associate professor in the University of Texas at Arlington's chemistry and biochemistry department. She has been a member of the society's Minority Affairs Committee since 2017.

"As a member of the ASBMB Nominating Committee, I hope to cast a wider net to attract a broader group of people to the society, while enhancing that sense of belonging for women scientists of all backgrounds. A concurrent goal would be to increase overall membership and participation at annual meetings, while creating career-development workshops for members at all career levels," she wrote.

Read her full candidate profile.

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