Issues of ASBMB Today


January   2015

In the January issue, our Defying Sterotypes series continues with two stories about scientists working in Hollywood. We also have a Q&A with Dennis Voelker, a new associate editor for the Journal of Biological Chemistry. ASBMB President Steve McKnight writes about the work of Zhijian “James” Chen, a plenary lecturer at the forthcoming ASBMB annual meeting in Boston and the winner of the ASBMB–Merck award. Aditi Dubey kicks off our "Hobbies" series with a poem about a beverage popular among graduate students. ASBMB Today science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay writes about George Todaro to launch our "Generations" series. Andrew D. Hollenbach writes about how he got where he is today. We hope you enjoy the January issue!


February   2015

Do extracellular vesicles containing RNA represent a new mode for cellular communication? In the February issue, science writer Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay explores if these vesicles challenge the dogma that RNA strictly is an intracellular molecule. Our Defying Sterotypes series continues with an interview with runner Nick Symmonds, who put science aside to chase his dream of going to the Olympics. We also have a feature on how deaf scientists navigate the hearing scientific community. In his column this month, ASBMB President Steve McKnight writes about the forthcoming ASBMB annual meeting in Boston. For our "Generations" and "Hobbies" series, Maggie Kuo writes about Jackie Corbin's favorite pastime and how a research team at Case Western Reserve University generated a mouse model for psoriasis. Read the issue!


March   2015

As the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting approaches, we have lots of information to share with you! Be sure to check out our coverage of the ASBMB annual award winners and plenary lecturers, all of whom will give talks in Boston later this month. On our cover, we feature Jerry Greenfield, the scientific brain behind the Ben & Jerry's ice cream brand. As always, we have plenty of news from the ASBMB journals. Our "Generations" series continues with looks back and forward from scientists of different generations. Our "Hobbies" series continues with a tale of star-studded travel and a note from a fashion lover who will be one of five annual meeting bloggers and tweeters. Finally, don't miss the essays from Sharon Rozovsky and Karl Booksh, who run a summer undergraduate research program at the University of Delaware for students with disabilities. We hope you enjoy this gigantic issue! 


April   2015

On our cover, we feature Vikram Mulligan's stunning artwork, which he creates when he's not doing protein-folding research at the University of Washington. Our Defying Stereotypes series continues with a story about two professional cheerleaders who teach and study science. Don't miss our coverage of recent publications in ASBMB journals, including a new review series in the Journal of Biological Chemistry about G-protein–coupled receptors and a Molecular & Cellular Proteomics paper about a hamster model for hemorrhagic fever. In his President's Message, Steven McKnight writes about the grant-review process at the National Institutes of Health and how it is like — and unlike — the review process at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Finally, we offer two must-read essays: one by a researcher forced to close his lab and another by a Ph.D. student who decided to learn to play the viola as an adult. We hope you enjoy the April issue!


May   2015

On our cover, we feature biochemist Peggy A. Whitson, who will head out again next year to the International Space Station, where she will conduct experiments for many Earth-bound scientists. This issue contains two installments in our Defying Stereotypes series about people with scientific training who have careers away from the bench: One story is about sportswriter Jay Jaffe, and the other is about bestselling romance novelist Stephanie Laurens. This issue includes tips for undergraduates embarking upon their first research experiences and words of wisdom for new Ph.D. recipients. In the President's Message, Steve McKnight takes a look at the scoring criteria for National Institutes of Health grants and proposes a new approach to NIH grant review. For Lipid News enthusiasts, Symeon Siniossoglou discusses the "many faces of lipins." Finally, don't miss this issue's three contributions to the "Generations" series. We hope you enjoy the May issue!


June   2015

On our cover, we feature a story about a rare brain tumor that always has seemed unstoppable. But a recent discovery might mean there is reason for hope. Our Defying Stereotypes series comes to a close with a profile of Joe Wong, a scientist and comedian.  


August   2015

On our cover, we feature a special section on education and professional development. The contributors to this section provide advice for those trying to get over the Ph.D. hump and for those picking a graduate school program or postdoctoral position. The section also features lessons that can be learned from the mistakes of senior scientists and tips on getting the most out of myIDP.  We hope you enjoy the issue!

ASBMB Today 201509

September   2015

Our cover story is about optogenetics, which has had a significant impact on the field of neuroscience and stands to do the same for cell biology. We have two other feature stories: One is an interview with a teenager who just finished his biochemistry degree, and the other is a profile of a pharma.


October   2015

On our cover, researchers studying cancers in pet dogs are gaining insights into human forms of the disease. We have a preview of our 2016 ASBMB Annual Meeting, including symposia descriptions, links for submissions, and interviews with plenary speakers. 


November   2015

The U.S. biomedical research enterprise depends heavily on scientists who were born overseas. In this month’s cover story, chief science correspondent Raj Mukhopadhyay writes about the complex legal pathway to work for foreign scientists in the U.S. 

ASBMB Today December 2015

December   2015

Four of 2015’s Nobelists in chemistry and medicine are ASBMB members. In our two cover stories, Alexandra Taylor talks with the three chemistry winners about their advances in DNA repair and digs into the science behind the medicine prize, which is shared by a member for his work on ivermectin, a drug that’s helped radically lower incidence rates of river blindness and elephantitis. The issue also contains our biggest science-themed gift guide ever!