Led by Susan J. Baserga of Yale University, the ASBMB Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee advocates for women in biochemistry and molecular biology, both in academia and in industry by increasing participation, visibility and status of women within the scientific community. Learn more about the committee

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Support for women in BMB

Support for women in BMB

The society’s newest committee gathers a group of “mighty women” to promote policies of gender equity and recognize individuals who are committed to advancing the careers of women in biochemistry and molecular biology.

Research Spotlight

You don't need to know everything at the beginning of your career. You just need to be doing and learning things along the way that help you grow and move closer to what you think you want to do next.

Melissa Starovasnik
Melissa Starovasnik

Senior scientific advisor, Genentech

Recent stories from ASBMB Today
It’s just data: Women in biological chemistry

To mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we look at Johns Hopkins biophysics professor Karen Fleming’s data-driven approach to studying gender equity

Securing space for Black women scientists in a crooked room

Spelman College has developed approaches to train and retain STEM grads. Will other institutions follow suit?

What is success for women in STEM?

A conversation with Marilee Benore and Rana Dajani about their lives as women in science and their recent research projects.

The COVID-19 pandemic is squeezing women out of science

Marina Holz, a dean and professor at New York Medical College, observes that increased home and childcare responsibilities are largely falling on the shoulders of women — to the detriment of their scientific work.

Three lessons I learned from getting kicked out of a lab

Linda Nhon learned the hard way how her family and cultural roots, experiences beyond the campus, and an adviser’s tough assessment could help her find her place at Georgia Tech.

Being a mother of young children while having a career in academia

"I got pregnant with twins during the last part of my postdoctoral training. The pregnancy was planned, but the two-for-one special was a shock and wreaked havoc on my detailed financial and career plans."

Virtual event

Women in STEM and gendered challenges

Domestic and emotional labor disparities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting women scientists’ productivity, which is likely to have long-term effects on their careers.

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Virtual event

Picture a Scientist

Sharon Shattuck, the director of a new feature-length documentary "Picture a Scientist," and members of the ASBMB Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee held a panel discussion about the issues covered in the film.

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Upcoming events


When You Picture a Scientist, Who Do You See?

March 24 at 3 p.m. | A panel conversation on advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM sponsored by ProQuest, Scientific American, ro*co films, and FILM PLATFORM.


ASBMB Annual Meeting

April 27 | Sharon Milgram of the NIH will talk about "Painful and important lessons about resilience and wellness for scientists" at a special Women in BMB session at the ASBMB Annual Meeting.

Leadership awards

The ASBMB Leadership Awards recognize individuals with a strong commitment to advancing the careers of women in biochemistry and molecular biology along with demonstrated excellence in research, discovery and/or service.


Jura is inspired by her grandmother, a ‘true pioneer’

This ASBMB award winner is an associate professor at UCSF who aims to understand how cells communicate with each other and the environment.


Corbett goes the extra mile to support young scientists

The ASBMB honors an Emory University professor and trailblazer who is passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion in science.

Nominate a leader

The awards were instituted in 2020 and are given annually by the ASBMB Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee. See the criteria and how to nominate.


The Impact of COVID-19 on the Careers of Women in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine


The MOSAIC program is part of the NIH’s efforts to enhance diversity within the academic biomedical research workforce.

500 Women Scientists

An organization serving society by making science open, inclusive and accessible, and transforming society by fighting racism, patriarchy and oppressive societal norms.

Million Women Mentors

The premier network dedicated to encouraging girls and women around the world to pursue, persist and succeed in STEM careers.

AAAS If/Then Ambassadors

An initiative designed to further women in STEM by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers.

Association for Women in Science

The AWIS offers career and personal development resources for women in STEM.

American Association of University Women

The AAUW is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls.