2024 ASBMB Election


Professor, Purdue University, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology


Robert Stahelin

Statement of interest

The ASBMB has been a supportive community for my research and education since starting my lab as an assistant professor. I’ve made new collaborators and friends while gaining mentors that I’ve met through society activities and the annual meeting. The society has also been a great place to meet potential trainees and to bring my own lab members (undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs) to take part in the poster sessions, workshops and scientific sessions. I’ve gained knowledge in outreach, communication, diversity and some of the inner workings of the society through service to ASBMB and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. I’ve been delighted by the undergraduate poster sessions, scientific sessions and workshops. Further, the ASBMB has an impressive community of scientists committed to biochemistry and molecular biology science education, of which I’m proud to be a part.

I am committed to promoting undergraduate research and training, educational activities and workshops, and diversity, equity and inclusion. I am also excited by opportunities for new society members, trainees and junior faculty to take part in different ASBMB committees and activities at the annual meeting. I very much look forward to what the society and annual meeting have in store for the next generation of scientists.

Education and training

  • B.S., Biochemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003
  • Postdoctoral training, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003–2006

Awards and honors

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Faculty Travel Award, 2008, 2010
  • Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2013
  • Michiana Forty under 40 Award, 2013
  • Showalter scholar, Indiana University School of Medicine, 2013–2016
  • Fellow, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2022
  • Chaney Faculty Scholar Award, College of Pharmacy, Purdue University, 2023


  • Organizer, ASBMB Lipid Workshop, 2010–2012
  • Editorial advisory board member, Chemistry and Physics of Lipids, 2011–present
  • Co-director, ASBMB Lipid Research Division, 2017–2023
  • Editorial board member, Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2017–present
  • Principle investigator, T32 Drug Discovery in Infectious Disease Training, National Institutes of Health, 2020–present
  • Organizer, FASEB Summer Research Conference on Phospholipids, 2022
  • R13 Awardee, Dynamic Lipid Signaling in Health and Disease, National Institutes of Health, 2022
  • Theme organizer (lipids and membranes), Discover BMB (ASBMB annual meeting), 2023
  • Program head, Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Graduate Program, 2023–present