SUMTER, Takita

Dean/Professor of Biochemistry, Winthrop University, College of Arts & Sciences


Takita Sumter

Statement of interest

I’ve been engaged with the work of the ASBMB since the beginning of my career in academics and am passionate about inspiring burgeoning scientists. This is critically important in an age when the health and safety of our citizens depends on high-risk, data-driven research that can be quickly and accurately verified. The ASBMB’s publications and its annual meeting will be more important than ever over the next few years, given the national state of affairs. To that end, I am excited about continuing to provide input on the society’s work on these issues. In addition, there are a number of outstanding initiatives sponsored by the ASBMB that speak to my own values as a scientist. These include the IMAGE program, the Marion B. Sewer Distinguished Scholarship for Undergraduates, the undergraduate poster competition, and Student Chapters.

Education and training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, The University of South Carolina
  • B.S. in Chemistry, The University of South Carolina

Awards and honors

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Bioscience Medicine, 2009–present
  • Member, ASBMB Council, 2017–2020
  • Editorial Board Member, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2015–present
  • Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Winthrop’s Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, 2012


  • National Science Foundation Sub-committee on Proposal Submissions, 2019–2020
  • NSF MCB Committee of Visitors, 2014
  • ASBMB IMAGE Co-Organizer, 2015–2019
  • ASBMB Student Chapters Committee member
  • ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee chair, 2013–2016
  • ASBMB Council, 2017–2020