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+


Lillian J. Brady

Vanderbilt University

Project: Sex differences in cholinergic regulation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor modulation of local nucleus accumbens circuitry underlying motivation

Cassandra Hayne

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Project: Structural and functional characterization of pontocerebellar hypoplasia associated nucleases

Alfa Herrera

Northwestern University

Project: Small host GTPases: Direct targets of vibrio vulnificus MARTX toxin effectors

Junior Gonzales

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Project: Development of multimodal agents from natural spider peptides for prostate cancer via sodium-channel NaV1.7

Josefina Inés del Mármol

Rockefeller University

Project: Elucidating the structural determinants of odor specificity in insect olfactory receptors

John R. Jimah

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Project: Structural basis of dynamin-mediated membrane fission, actin bundling and interaction with binding partners

Marco Messina

University of California, Berkeley

Project: An activity-based biomolecule labeling platform for the imaging of cells and tissues under oxidative stress

Elias Picazo

Harvard University

Project: Strategic molecular activations for the selective synthesis of 2-deoxy-beta-glycosides, and for the synthesis of novel donor–acceptor Stenhouse adducts

Iris Smith

Cleveland Clinic

Project: Unraveling the PTEN interactome: Modeling structural and functional dynamic network architecture for therapeutic modulation in cancer and autism

Chelsey C. Spriggs

University of Michigan

Project: Hijacking host cellular motors for the nuclear entry of polyomaviruses

Elizabeth V. Wasmuth

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Project: Biochemical, structural and molecular dissection of androgen receptor transcriptional activity

Velencia J. Witherspoon

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Project: Quantitative characterization of the extra cellular matrix components of connective tissue: Fingerprinting macromolecular components through low-field magnetic resonance

Read more about the inaugural ASBMB MOSAIC scholars


Meet our inaugural MOSAIC scholars

These K99/R00 awardees will receive individualized coaching and networking and presentation opportunities tailored to their needs.


More MOSAIC scholars

In February and April, the society welcomed seven MOSAIC participants. The five participants just named complete the cohort.

Program directors

Ruma Banerjee

Ruma Banerjee

  • ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee
  • Vincent Massey Professor of Biological Chemistry
  • University of Michigan
  • 732-660-988
Kirsten Block

Kirsten F. Block

  • Director of Education, Professional Development and Outreach

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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