Newswise — The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has launched an honorific program to recognize members who have made outstanding contributions to the field through their research, teaching and mentoring, or other forms of service. It will announce the 30 members of its first class of fellows Tuesday at the society’s annual meeting, held in conjunction with the Experimental Biology conference. 

The society announced the creation of the ASBMB Fellows Program in September, at which time Bettie Sue Masters, a member of the society’s membership committee and a faculty member at the Duke University School of Medicine, explained: “The ASBMB has been the professional home for and nurtured the careers of many great scientists. The ASBMB fellows designation will recognize the contributions of those members who have excelled in research, education, advocacy and mentorship of future scientists and contributed to the mission of the society.  This honor will recognize their commitment to their profession.” 

The fellows will be honored at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday at the 2021 ASBMB Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually April 27–30. The presentation will be part of the society’s presidential welcome address and business meeting. 

“In response to our call for nominees for the first class of ASBMB fellows, it became apparent that our society has a very large number of highly productive scientists who have made outstanding contributions to our society, its publications and missions, and biomedical science,” said Judith Bond, past president of the ASBMB and chair of the fellows subcommittee. “Our first class of fellows represents a distinguished group of scientists who have demonstrated leadership and sustained commitment to the ASBMB, and whose accomplishments span the breadth of our society missions to promote scientific discovery, professional development, inclusiveness and diversity, nurture the next generation of scientists, and inform decision-makers and the public of the significance of scientific findings. These fellows honor us by being members of the ASBMB and are great role models for aspiring scientists." 

The fellows are: 

  • Natalie Ahn, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Karen Allen, Boston University
  • Teaster Baird Jr., San Francisco State University
  • Ruma Banerjee, University of Michigan
  • Suzanne Barbour, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Ellis Bell, University of San Diego
  • Squire Booker, Pennsylvania State University
  • George Carman, Rutgers University
  • Michael Cox, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Enrique De La Cruz, Yale University
  • Edward Dennis, University of California, San Diego
  • John Denu, University of Wisconsin‒Madison
  • Henrik Dohlman, University of North Carolina
  • William Dowhan, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston McGovern Medical School
  • Catherine Drennan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Karen Fleming, Johns Hopkins University
  • Lila M. Gierasch, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Peter Guengerich, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences
  • Heidi Hamm, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences
  • William Merrick, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Alexandra Newton, University of California, San Diego
  • Daniel Raben, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Kerry-Anne Rye, University of New South Wales
  • Sarah Spiegel, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Wesley Sundquist, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Takita Felder Sumter, Winthrop University
  • Susan Taylor, University of California, San Diego
  • Herbert Weissbach, Florida Atlantic University
  • Adele Wolfson, Wellesley College
  • Stephen Young, University of California, Los Angeles



About the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The ASBMB is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization with more than 11,000 members worldwide. Most members teach and conduct research at colleges and universities. Others conduct research in government laboratories, at nonprofit research institutions and in industry. The Society publishes three journals: the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Journal of Lipid Research, and Molecular and Cellular Proteomics. For more information about ASBMB, visit


Meeting Link: 2021 ASBMB Annual Meeting