ASBMB program for MOSAIC scholars

The ASBMB is excited to leverage its considerable organizational and scholarly resources to implement a National Institutes of Health-funded UE5 program to support K99/R00 MOSAIC (Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers) scholars. The program will:

  • Build a cohesive community of practice in which MOSAIC scholars will be paired with mentors with established records of scientific, funding and mentoring success and experience in culturally competent coaching practices.
  • Provide a suite of career-development opportunities and sponsorship to support the personal and professional development of MOSAIC scholars. These activities will foster networking within a cross-institutional community of scholars, and polish skills in the art of science communication, proposal writing and laboratory management.
  • Enhance professional networks of MOSAIC scholars via the Early Career Reviewer program with the Journal of Biological Chemistry editorial board, linkages through the Minority Affairs Committee and, more broadly, the ASBMB community.
  • Enhance institutional accountability for supporting career advancement of MOSAIC scholars by convening forums to share evidence-based best practices for improving mentoring, persistence, recruitment and retention of URM scientists.

Anchored by the Minority Affairs Committee, the ASBMB MOSAIC program also taps into programming developed by the Education and Professional Development Committee as well as the Science Outreach and Communication Committee to provide customized career-development support to the MOSAIC scholars.

What is MOSAIC?

The MOSAIC program is part of the NIH’s efforts to enhance diversity within the academic biomedical research workforce, and is designed to facilitate the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds into independent faculty careers in research-intensive institutions. Learn more about the program

Want to learn more?

Key activities

Years 1 & 2

  • Postdoc career minisymposium, including networking with speakers and ASBMB postdoc members
  • Publication/presentation best practices training
  • Art of Science Communication training
  • Skill building: interviewing and presenting chalk talks
  • Oral spotlight presentation at ASBMB annual meeting
  • Minority Affairs Committee networking

Years 3 & 4

Year 5+

The second cohort of ASBMB MOSAIC scholars

Learn about the first cohort

Asiya Gusa
Asiya Gusa

Duke University

Project: Stress-induced transposon mobilization in the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus

Christopher Radka
Christopher Radka

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Project: Bacterial anti-inflammatory lipid mediators

Chrystal Starbird
Chrystal Starbird

Yale University

Project: The structural basis of TAM receptor oligomerization and co-receptor interactions

Kiesha Wilson
Kiesha Wilson

University of South Carolina

Project: Role of macrophages in CBD mediated attenuation of SEB-induced ARDS

Rahel Woldeyes

Stanford University

Project: Cryo-electron tomography to determine crosstalk mechanisms of calcium channels in cardiomyocytes

Program directors

Ruma Banerjee

Ruma Banerjee

  • ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee
  • Vincent Massey Professor of Biological Chemistry
  • University of Michigan
  • rbanerjee@asbmb.org
  • 732-660-988
Kirsten Block

Kirsten F. Block

  • Director of Education, Professional Development and Outreach
  • ASBMB
  • kblock@asbmb.org

Advisory board

Vahe Bandarian

Vahe Bandarian

  • ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee
  • Professor of Chemistry
  • The University of Utah
Squire Booker

Squire Booker

  • HHMI Investigator
  • Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Pennsylvania State University
Enrique M. De La Cruz

Enrique M. De La Cruz

  • Professor and Chair of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • Yale University
Sonia C. Flores

Sonia C. Flores

  • ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee
  • Professor of Medicine
  • University of Colorado–Denver
Barbara A. Gordon

Barbara A. Gordon

  • Former Executive Director, ASBMB
Richard McGee

Richard McGee

  • Associate Dean for Professional Development and Professor of Medical Education
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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