2023 ASBMB Election

Allen, Karen

Professor and Chair, Boston University


Karen Allen

Statement of interest

I am honored to be considered for service on the ASBMB Nominating Committee. In 2019 I co-founded the Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (WiBMB) Committee and am in my second term as a member of that committee. Last year, I also co-chaired the Discover BMB meeting. I have been excited by the enthusiasm of our members for the programming, awards and networking opportunities the ASBMB has to offer.

As a member of the Nominating Committee, I will work toward tapping the full extent of our scientific community to allow broad participation in positions at all levels in our society. My work will be guided by the principle that our committee membership should reflect the true ideals of the society in terms of equity and inclusion. I hope to gain your support via your vote.

Education and training

  • B.S., Tufts University
  • Ph.D., Brandeis University
  • Postdoc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Awards and honors

  • Abeles and Jencks Award for Chemistry in Biological Processes, American Chemical Society (2022)
  • ASBMB Fellow (2021)
  • Member Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Honor Society (2018 to present)
  • American Cancer Society Fellow (1990 to 1992)
  • Dretzin Fellowship for Graduate Research (1987)


  • Co-Chair, Discover BMB, the ASBMB annual meeting (2023)
  • Chair, Esselen Award Committee, Northeast Regional Chapter, American Chemical Society (2017 and 2022)
  • Secretary, ASBMB (2013 to 2016)
  • Member, ASBMB Council (2010 to 2013)
  • Chair, ASBMB Nominating Committee (2011 to 2012)
  • Member, ASBMB Nominating Committee (2009 to 2012)
  • Member, ACS Nominating Committee, Biological Chemistry Division (2001)