Issues of ASBMB Today


January   2017

The cover story for this issue, written by Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay, explores how molecular biologists and clinicians figured out how an enzyme involved in ubiquitination plays a role in a rare, genetic disorder of the immune system. In a Q&A, John Arnst interviews biochemist Michael Wolfgang of Johns Hopkins University about his work in lipid metabolism. There also is an essay from a scientist who describes his battle with alcoholism. As always, the magazine offers a variety of stories, such as journal news, member updates and perspectives.


February   2017

The cover story for this issue, written by John Arnst, describes how a partnership between the National Institutes of Health and the family of Henrietta Lacks is helping researchers access the HeLa genome. There also an essay about imposter syndrome in minority graduate students as well as a piece by a biochemist who found his way to patients’ bedsides in an unconventional way. As always, the magazine offers a variety of stories, such as journal news, member updates and essays.


March   2017

The cover story for this issue is written by a high-school biology teacher who teaches cell biology by getting his students to run social-media campaigns. There also is a Q&A with Kenneth Gibbs, Jr. who published a paper with his colleagues a few months ago that tackles the issue of diversity in medical school faculty. As always, the magazine offers a variety of stories, such as journal news, member updates and essays.


April   2017

For this month’s cover story, ASBMB’s science writer John Arnst explores the persistent problem of biofouling that have plagued ships since the dawn of sailing. The issue also contains highlights about the 2017 ASBMB Annual Meeting as well as stories about this year’s cohort of annual award winners. There also is a trio of essays that explore how foreigners influence science in the U.S. As always, the magazine offers a variety of stories, such as journal news, member updates and essays


May   2017

In her final cover story as ASBMB Today’s managing editor, Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay explores why the National Institutes of Health is preparing to fund cryo-electronmicroscopy facilities across the nation. The issue also contains a feature about how serendipitous meetings and basic biochemistry accelerated the push for a cure for the rare and fatal Lafora disease. In the news section, learn about new research on wasp venom and corneal disease. The Perspectives section offers the next essay in our ongoing “Do-Overs” series and advice pieces on finding careers beyond academia and writing emails that won’t induce anxiety in recipients.


June   2017

In this summer issue, science writer John Arnst reports on what researchers know and don’t know about the science of kratom, a plant increasingly consumed by opioid addicts seeking relief from withdrawal symptoms. The issue also includes videos of interviews of the ASBMB’s 2017 award winners and audio of their award lectures. Don’t miss ASBMB members’ essays on the public’s diminishing faith in science and how to covercome a tenure denial.  


August   2017

In this issue, you’ll find advice to help you succeed in a variety of work environments. Angela Hopp provides a laundry list of the ASBMB’s career-related offerings. Diedre Ribbens offers tips on productivity. A quartet of authors provides lessons on emotional resilience. Raphael Luna explains the value of mentoring. Kathy Goss outlines how to segue to a nonresearch position in academia.   


September   2017

This month kicks off coverage of the 2018 ASBMB Annual Meeting. Martin Spiering tells you how to write a great conference abstract. Dani Rabaiotto and Jeff Clements guide you through the question session. Yan Jessie Zhang and Comfort Dorn give you the lowdown on Spotlight Sessions. Also in this issue, John Arnst interviews Russel Debose–Boyd, a new associate editor at the Journal of Lipid Research, and H. Alex Brown, a leader in lipidomics, is remembered by his colleagues.


October   2017

This month, we tell you all about PROLAB, a travel grant program that helps emerging scientists from overseas gain experience in labs in the U.S. and Canada.  We also remember C.C. Wang, a crusader against parasitic diseases, and you can find out all about the scientific sessions scheduled for the 2018 annual meeting.


November   2017

In this issue, read about the tiny mouse lemur of Madagascar, a promising model for the study of human lung disease. You can also learn how to keep your data safe, how to put in your two cents about the future of research funding and how to find a mentor at the 2018 annual meeting.


December   2017

This month, we take a deep dive into the circadian coupling of cellular and solar clocks, in honor of the three American chronobiologists who won a 2017 Nobel Prize. And we celebrate the season with our annual gift guide for the science lovers in your life. Also, meet the editor who helps Journal of Biological Chemistry authors finesse their abstracts and get straight talk from the Office of Research Integrity on misconduct and questionable practices in the lab.