The following workshops have been organized for our attendees:

How to Incorporate Science Outreach into Your Portfolio – Best Practices and Broader Impacts
Sponsored by the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee

         Saturday, March 28, 9 AM - 1 PM
         Room 252B

This session will serve as an to showcase past grant recipients from the ASBMB HOPES and Outreach Seed Grant programs and to promote upcoming ASBMB funding opportunities. The session will also provide insight into the National Science Foundation’s Broader Impacts requirement. Please click here to register for the session

Training the Mind of an Interdisciplinary Scientist
Sponsored by the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine

         Sunday, March 29, 2015, 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
         Room 255

Numerous questions arise in consideration of training interdisciplinary scientists: How will trainees become comfortable with principles, methods, and languages of different disciplines? When and how will young scientists learn how to collaborate so they are well prepared for the research of the future? Should alternatives to the traditional practice of students learning from one primary mentor be reconsidered, for example, enabling them to concurrently study under multiple mentors with expertise in distinct disciplines? The 2015 SEBM symposium will focus on such key considerations relating to training the mind of an interdisciplinary scientist. For more information, click here to learn more

Broader Impacts Workshops
Sponsored by the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee

         Sunday, March 29 - Tuesday, March 31, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
          Outside Room 252

Learn how to craft successful NSF Broader Impacts statements at these intimate workshops. Our experienced mentors will work with you to make your application more competitive by providing valuable insight into what separates winning Broader Impacts statements from the rest. Come see how you can incorporate your existing program into a grant application, or get ideas on how to develop novel educational and outreach activities. To get the most out of this activity, please bring a working draft of your Broader Impacts statement.

ASBMB Accreditation Workshop
Sponsored by the ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee

         Monday, March 30, 2015, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
         Room 256

Learn about the ASBMB Accreditation Program, its requirements, how to apply, and how to best prepare students for the certification exam. Members of the ASBMB Education and Professional Development committee will share their advice and answer questions about the program

Bioinformatics and Modeling Tools for Discovering Functions of Unknown Enzymes
Sponsored by the Enzyme Function Initiative

         Monday, March 30, 2015, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
         Room 251

The Enzyme Function Initiative (EFI; is devising an integrated sequence/structure based strategy for predicting and assigning functions to “unknown” enzymes discovered in genome projects, a major challenge in genomic biology. To accomplish this goal, the EFI has brought together multidisciplinary expertise in bioinformatics, experimental structural biology, structural modeling/docking, and experimental enzymology to assign in vitro substrate specificities and enzymatic functions and, also, microbiology and metabolomics to validate predicted and experimentally confirmed in vitro enzymatic functions in an in vivo context.

A major focus of the EFI is dissemination of its tools and strategies to the broader scientific community. This workshop will feature background information, tutorials, and example uses for several publicly available tools developed by the EFI. This workshop will be of greatest interest to enzymologists, microbiologists, evolutionary biologists, bioinformaticians, and computational chemists.

Disease-on-a-Chip: New Frontiers in Biomedical Research
Sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

         Monday, March 30, 12:30PM - 2:00PM
         Room 255

Learn about advanced technologies in pathobiological research which can be used to generate data from human cells and tissues. This workshop will provide the platform for researchers to discuss how novel technologies currently available on the market (e.g., Quasi-Vivo® in vitro cell culture systems) and those emerging technologies that will be available to researchers in the near future (e.g., organ on-a-chip) will facilitate human disease modeling.  Attendees will be introduced to the most cutting-edge technologies and learn how these technologies can facilitate disease modeling at various levels (ranging from molecular to tissue levels) in a way that will enable researchers to overcome limitations of animal models.

Workshop Presenters:

Charu Chandrasekera, Physicians Committee for Reponsible Medicine
In vitro technologies in hypothesis-driven nasic research, with specific examples from various fields such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc.

Malcolm Wilkinson, Kirkstall Ltd, UK
Demonstration of the Quasi-Vivo in vitro cell culture systems and application of the systems for disease modeling

Martin L. Yarmush, Rutgers University
Microfluidic technology organ-on-a-chip

Chemical and Optogenetic Manipulation of Lipid Signaling Workshop

         Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
         Room 251

Olof Idevall-Hagren, Uppsala University, Sweden
Optogenetic control of lipid signaling 

Takanari Inoue, The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Chemical switching of lipid signaling pathways