Research binds us
At the 2020 ASBMB Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with Experimental Biology 2020, you’ll find a diverse community of scientists eager to learn about the work you’re doing — and the work you dream of doing.
Present your latest findings, hear inspiring lectures, participate in workshops, and form new bonds that will help you achieve the most important work of your career.
The ASBMB annual meeting is the nexus for those seeking lasting connections that yield transformative results.
|Jan. 20||Travel award notifications sent to applicants|
|Jan. 30||Last chance abstract deadline|
|Jan. 30||Science outreach activity abstract deadline|
|Jan. 30||Preliminary abstract programming notifications sent to first authors of regular submissions.
Includes format of presentation (oral, poster or both). Co-authors will not receive notification.
|Feb. 5||Early-bird registration deadline (save up to $140)|
|Feb. 15||Final abstract programming notifications sent to first authors of regular submissions.
Includes date and time of session in which abstract has been programmed and format of presentation (oral, poster or both). This information will also be available through the abstract system. Co-authors will not receive notification.
|Feb. 29||Last chance and science outreach activity poster programming notifications sent to first authors.
Includes date and time of poster presentation. Co-authors will not receive notification.
|March 6||Housing deadline (based on room availability)|
|March 13||Advance registration deadline|
What you need to know
Register for the meeting
Take advantage of the early-registration discount and save up to 50%.
Explore the program
The ASBMB program meets the needs of scientists at all career stages and of all ambitions.
Book your housing
Take advantage of discounted rates at hotels near the San Diego Convention Center.
Make new connections and reconnect with old friends at the many networking events.
A mix of career development opportunities, undergraduate-specific networking events and scientific sessions.
Explore daily workshops that feature expert leaders sharing the latest methodologies, technology and tools, and insights on how to flourish in your field.
Travel to San Diego
All you need to know about your trip to San Diego, including discount codes for some airlines.
The ASBMB provides over $275,000 in travel awards to first authors presenting research at the annual meeting.
Exhibitor and sponsorship information
Find out how to exhibit your products at the Annual Meeting.
Featured award lectures
Tyrosine phosphorylation — From discovery to drug development and beyond
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science
Saturday, April 4, 6 p.m.
Tony Hunter, PhD, from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, is the British–American scientist who discovered tyrosine phosphorylation and that the oncogene Src is a tyrosine kinase (TK). This discovery is nothing less than saying Dr. Hunter gave birth to the field of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), which are prototypes of targeted cancer therapies. Its emergence made a milestone of cancer therapy.
Cellular machineries devoted to rubisco — the most abundant enzyme
Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
Sunday, April 5, 8:30 a.m.
Manajit Hayer–Hartl, a group leader at the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, won the ASBMB–Merck Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to research in biochemistry and molecular biology. Hayer-Hartl has led a research group focused on chaperonin-assisted protein folding research since 2006.
Toolbox to evaluate biological function of histone deacetylases
Texas A&M University
Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry
Monday, April 6, 8:30 a.m.
Carol Fierke, provost and executive vice president of Texas A&M University, won the Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry, which recognizes scientists who have made substantial advances in understanding biological chemistry using innovative physical approaches.
Enzyme hydrophobic sites and allosteric membrane interactions regulate signaling and mediators of inflammation
University of California, San Diego
Bert and Natalie Vallee Award in Biomedical Science lecture
Tuesday, April 7, 8:30 a.m.
Edward Dennis, a distinguished professor at the University of California, San Diego, won the Bert and Natalie Vallee Award in Biomedical Science. The award, established by the Bert and Natalie Kuggie Vallee Foundation in 2012, recognizes international achievements in the sciences basic to medicine. Dennis is a former chair of UCSD’s chemistry and biochemistry department and has led the faculty senate.
|Registration Type||Early Registration
(on/before Feb. 5)
(on/before Mar. 13)
(Mar. 14–Apr. 7)
|High school students and teachers||Free|
Daily schedule of lectures, sessions and workshops.
2020 Travel Awardee career development program
Open to selected travel awardees only
Undergraduate student research poster competition events
Open to selected candidates only
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
ASBMB Annual Meeting orientation for undergraduate students
11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
ASBMB undergraduate poster competition judges' orientation
ASBMB undergraduate student research poster competition
ASBMB undergraduate student research workshop: Exploring careers speed networking
ASBMB Lab Management Course
Are you a new faculty member or PI? Are you a postdoctoral fellow or senior graduate student that is interested in starting your own lab? How do you go about setting up your lab? How will you manage an initial budget to get off to a great start? Who will you hire? What criteria will you use to select your staff and how will you mentor your trainees successfully? Will you be able to communicate effectively with your staff, and how will you handle any conflicts when they arise? If you have considered any of these questions, then sign up for this free interactive session.
CREST pre-conversations: Connecting researchers, educators and students
Undergraduate CREST (Connecting Researchers, Educators and Students) teams will meet to discuss their shared research interests. This year teams have explored the research of Dr. Celia Schiffer, focusing on designing antiviral drugs that avoid resistance.
Tang Prize award lecture
ASBMB welcome reception
ASBMB business meeting
Herbert Tabor Research Award lecture
Mirage or metabolic crossroads? Metabolomics as a primary tool for hypothesis generation
ASBMB–Merck Award lecture
Molecular machines: New paradigms in structure, function and engineering
Novel roles of lipids in health and disease
Chair: Steven Claypool, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Glycosylation and extracellular matrix in development, repair and cancer
NAD synthesis, salvage and sirtuins in tissue healh
Noncoding RNAs and disease
Who we are: Creating a culture of wellness in science
Chair: Daniel Dries, Juniata College
Cell decision making
Meet the speakers
ASBMB advocacy town hall meeting
Increasingly, policies developed and enacted in Washington are having an impact on how your science is funded, how your grants are reviewed and how reliable the future workforce of the research community will be. Serving the ASBMB membership proudly, the Public Affairs Advisory Committee and Office of Public Affairs regularly engages on your behalf with the Administration, the Congress and the individual funding agencies.
This Advocacy Town Hall is an opportunity to share your stories, and to tell the PAAC what policy areas you want to see the ASBMB taking a leadership role in. Hosted by Public Affairs Director Benjamin Corb, and PAAC Chair Terri Kinzy, the Advocacy Town Hall will allow you to engage in a conversation with our policy leaders, to hear about the critical policy issues facing the community, and ask questions.
Changing research practice: How can I make my research more reproducible?
This session will focus on concrete steps that biomedical researchers can take to implement more reproducible research practices in their laboratories. These include using RRIDs to identify key reagents, creating and sharing reproducible protocols that can be used by others, and using guidelines to enhance experimental rigor and improve reporting. Attendees will learn to recognize and fix common errors in data visualization and statistical reporting. Presenters will highlight tools and resources designed to assist researchers in implementing better practices. After attending the symposium, researchers should have a clear understanding of steps that they can immediately take to improve transparency and rigor in their next grant, research project, or paper.
Earl and Thressa Stadtman Young Scholar Award lecture
Avanti Award in Lipids lecture
Proliferation and protection: Harnessing the beta-cell for novel diabetes therapies
Chair: Rachel Fenske, University of Wisconsin-Madison
JBC Herbert Tabor Early Career Investigator Awards
Journal of Biological Chemistry honors first authors
Regulation of protein function by shape shifting
Delano Award for Computational Biosciences lecture
Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education lecture
CREST conversations: Connecting researchers, educators and students
Dr. Celia Schiffer and colleagues from her lab will meet with undergraduate CREST (Connecting Researchers, Educators and Students) teams to discuss Dr. Schiffer’s research. 3D printed models of proteins studied in Dr. Schiffer’s lab, designed by CREST teams, will serve as shared mental models to facilitate discussion.
Mentoring from both sides: How to find, be and utilize a great mentor
Mentoring should not be a scary or imposing concept — it's really just about getting and giving advice, support and encouragement for ongoing learning. This workshop is intended for everyone: trainees and faculty ready to learn practical tactics in identifying mentors, making the "ask" for mentoring support and how to take the best advantage of mentoring relationships — from both sides.
Storytelling and the art of giving a great presentation
Organizing a successful ASBMB Student Chapter
Emerging technologies in the glycosciences
In this workshop our goal is to promote the study of glycans, enabling participants to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the roles that glycans play in physiology and disease. Join us to meet colleagues, learn about innovative solutions to glycoscience problems, interact with vendors and participate in round table discussions focused on addressing glycoscience challenges. This workshop is ideal for both experts, researchers new to the field, and trainees. Presenters include Richard Drake, Kamil Godula, Catherine Grimes, Matt Pratt, Ajit Varki, Lance Wells and Natasha Zachara. Topics covered include approaches for glycoprotein engineering, glycomic and glycoproteomic approaches, the detection and analysis of sialic acids, modulation and detection of O-GlcNAc, tools for studying the bacterial cell wall, synthetic glycoconjugates for fine-tuning cell fate and educational opportunities.
Women Scientists Mentoring and Networking Event
Forecasting the future: Setting yourself up with trustworthy data
Are you sure that the data you’re collecting today is as solid and secure as you’ll need it to be next week, month or year? Join ASBMB Data Integrity Manager Kaoru Sakabe and JBC Scientific Editor Catherine Goodman as they lead a panel discussion with researchers on good data stewardship. Learn how to avoid common mistakes, discuss habits and workflows, and get your questions answered to ensure you are doing all you can to generate enduring and reproducible research for the scientific community.
ASBMB welcome reception
William C. Rose Award lecture
Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry lecture
Antibiotic resistance: How to beat the bugs
Co-Chairs: Peter Stambrook, University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute, and Warren Zimmer, Texas A&M College of Medicine
How lipids impact the structure and function of membrane proteins
Glycosylation and extracellular matrix in immunologic, inflammatory and infectious disease
Control of cell fate by metabolic intermediates
Chair: Nathan Adler, University of Connecticut
RNA modifications and disease
Computational approaches to regulation of gene expression
What we do: Choosing pedagogy over content
Chair: Nathan Vanderford, University of Kentucky
Meet the speakers
Role of R-loop formation in human disease
Chair: Edward Motea, Indiana University Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award lecture
Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator Award in Lipid Research lecture
Alice and C.C. Wang Award in Molecular Parasitology symposium
Exciting biological insights revealed by proteomics: A Molecular & Cellular Proteomics presentation
Enzyme regulation by filamentation and other alternate and emerging mechanisms
Education and professional development workshop
Transforming science research into outreach
Using 3D to teach structure-function and computers to teach metabolic systems
Rebecca Roston, Tomas Helikar and Christine Booth, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Michelle Howell, LCC International University
This workshop takes participants through a comprehensive suite of modules demonstrated to improve educational outcomes in two core undergraduate biochemistry concepts. The first module helps students build accurate mental models of 3D macromolecular structures from 2D images. The second targets how metabolism works not only in discrete modules (e.g., glycolysis, citric acid cycle, electron transport chain) but also as part of larger and dynamic interconnected systems within cells and organisms. Participants will each receive a 3D-printed macromolecule model set and a set of printable coordinates for additional model sets. Additionally, participants will also receive training in software designed for using modeling and simulations to teach about metabolism and other complex biological systems. Finally, instructor materials (associated slides and assessments) will be provided to make classroom incorporation as easy as possible. We will also share strategies and techniques on how to assess student perceptions and modify incorporation for optimal student engagement. Food will be provided.
The journey from academia, to industry to entrepreneurship: How to find a job, build a career and/or a company, outside of the ivory tower
The goal of this workshop is to ensure that the audience gets at least several good take-home ideas for the further development of their industry careers, whether it is to land a first job interviewing/networking skills) or to progress on in a company career or become an entrepreneur. Panelists will tell their own, unique stories of how they’ve moved from academic scientist to industry scientist — and company founders! This workshop will benefit graduate students, postdocs or any job seeker interested in the furtherance of their career outside of academia.
Structure matters – Making classrooms fair and inclusive through cross-disciplinary tools, insights and strategies that promote student success
Science in a Flash
Join us for the second annual science communication competition. This event features 10 speakers who will share their science in just three minutes with only one slide. In addition to distilling their research down to its essence, presenters must work to eliminate scientific jargon so that their presentation is understood by specialists and non-specialists alike. The audience will play a major role in selecting winners, so join us and vote for your favorite.
Bert and Natalie Vallee Award in Biomedical Science lecture
Chair: Vinita Takiar, University of Cincinnati
Membrane biogenesis and trafficking
Chair: Teresa Dunn-Giroux, Uniformed Services University
Glycosylation and extracellular matrix in neurologic and metabolic diseases
Chair: Jamey Marth, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Emerging mechanisms of signaling
Chairs: Wendy Gordon, University of Minnesota, and Adrian Salic, Harvard Medical School
New insights into control of metabolism by transporters
RNA binding proteins and control of RNA biogenesis in disease
Best practices for preventing/managing incidences of harassment in the workplace
EB joint symposium: Research on cannabidiol
Molecular motors in transport, biosynthesis and energy transduction
Chair: Jochen Zimmer, University of Virginia
Meet the speakers
Lipid Diversity and Disease: Spotlight on Journal of Lipid Research Junior Associate Editors
Improving visual literacy using augmented reality and LEGO® bricks in biology classrooms
Organizers: Swati Agrawal, University of Mary Washington, and Shane Austin, University of the West Indies
This interactive workshop provides participants with hands-on experience with the use of augmented reality and LEGO® bricks to explain course content. We have developed a series of lessons focused on DNA and protein structure, function and interaction where AR and LEGO® bricks are used to provide 3 dimensional interactive models that help students better visualize these intricate structures and processes in our classes. Lessons will cover concepts such as: levels of organization in protein structure, domains in protein involved in metabolic pathways, and protein–DNA interaction during processes involved in transcription. After the brief presentation, participants will use these lessons to experience and assess the learning gains of this activity and will learn how to develop content for AR using free and easily available platforms so they are able to generate content suited for their courses. Finally, ideas about possible classroom assessments will be presented.
Target audience: instructors or students from 2-year or 4-year college. Emphasis will be placed on examples relevant to biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology, however, techniques could be applied to wider biology educator audiences.
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