Biochemists, unite!

Published March 01 2017

The American Society of Biological Chemists, which later became the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was founded more than 100 years ago. The founders’ aim was to embrace the biological sciences from the chemical point of view and separate biochemistry from physiology as a distinct scientific pursuit. Our fields of biochemistry and molecular biology defined the molecular and chemical mechanisms that govern biological processes, fostering one of the most productive areas of scientific investigation.

Today, the ASBMB continues to stand for the discovery and understanding the molecular mechanisms of life at deeper levels. We stand for education: We provide each new generation of scientists and educators with mentorship and resources to teach critical thinking, problem solving and the other skills of great scientists. We are prominent national advocates: We reach out on behalf of our members and the larger community of scientists to inform governmental and nonscientific groups about the consequences of policy decisions on science. We also inform scientists about policies that affect our research and teaching. And, most importantly, we foster community by creating a home for people to find collaborations, share ideas and promote careers.

What does it mean to be a biochemist or molecular biologist as our fields increasingly become the foundation for discovery across the wide spectrum of biological and medical sciences? Binks Wattenberg, Enrique De La Cruz and Dan Raben begin a discussion to answer this question for biochemists in their Perspectives essay on here. Keeping our community alive enables each of us to flourish.

You can help make us even stronger. Not a member of the ASBMB? Please join our community today. Already a member? Enlist a colleague to join too. It’s easy: Go to or email.

Natalie Ahn Natalie Ahn of the University of Colorado, Boulder, is president of the ASBMB.