American Society for Cell Biology

American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is a learned society that was founded in 1960.[1]

Its mission statement states:

ASCB is an inclusive community of biologists studying the cell, the fundamental unit of life. We are dedicated to advancing scientific discovery, advocating sound research policies, improving education, promoting professional development, and increasing diversity in the workforce.


On 6 April 1959 the United States National Academy of Sciences passed a resolution for the establishment of a "national society of cell biology to act as a national representative to the International Society for Cell Biology".[2]

By 1963, the membership consisted of 9000 scientists.[3] In 2008 it was reported that ASCB had 11,000 members worldwide.[4]


Publications include:

Molecular Biology of the Cell: an online journal of scholarly research reports and essays published 24 times a year.

CBE- Life Sciences Education: An online quarterly journal addressing issues on how students are introduced to the study of life sciences.

ASCB Newsletter: The ASCB's monthly newsletter updating members and policymakers on issues, public policy, society programs and events, grants, career advice, and more.

In 1963 the ASCB became the co-sponsor of a revitalised Journal of Cell Biology, making it their official journal.[5][6][7]

Annual Meeting

Typically held within the first two weeks of December, the ASCB's Annual Meeting brings together scientists in the field of cell biology to highlight the latest research, techniques, products, and services, providing a venue for networking and career advice, offering research-tested educational approaches for high school teachers and professors who teach undergraduates, and to spur future discovery and collaboration. The Society also presents awards, poster sessions (where students, postdoctoral fellows, and independent scientists present their research and receive feedback), scientific sessions (Symposia, Minisymposia, Working Groups, Workshops, Translational Sessions, Special Interest Subgroups, Award lectures, and exhibits). Science Discussion Tables offer opportunities to discuss scientific topics with expert scientists, and the Career Discussion Roundtables offer a variety of career topic-themed tables addressed with expert facilitators. In addition, special sessions focus on advocacy, media and public outreach, and special issues of interest to women, minorities, gay, lesbian, and transgendered students/scientists, the media, etc. The ASCB Annual Meeting is the largest international meeting in the field of cell biology. It also showcases winning entries in the ASCB's annual Celldance contest for cell images.

Upcoming Annual Meetings include:

51st Annual Meeting - December 3–7, 2011, Denver, Colorado. Colorado Convention Center.


E. B. Wilson Medal

Keith R. Porter Lecture

WICB Junior and Senior Awards

E.E. Just Lecture

MAC Poster Award

MBoC Paper of the Year

Young UK Cell Biologist

Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education

Early Career Life Scientist Award

Merton Bernfield Memorial Award

Norton B. Gilula Award

ASCB Public Service Award


The ASCB presidents are:[8]

2011: Sandra Schmid[9][10]
2010: Timothy Mitchison
2009: Brigid Hogan
2008: Robert D. Goldman
2007: Bruce Alberts
2006: Mary Beckerle
2005: Zena Werb
2004: Harvey Lodish[11]
2003: Suzanne Pfeffer
2002: Gary Borisy
2001: Elaine Fuchs
2000: Richard Hynes
1999: Randy Schekman
1998: Elizabeth Blackburn[12]
1997: Mina Bissell
1996: J. Michael Bishop[12]
1995: Ursula Goodenough
1994: J. Richard McIntosh
1993: Susan Gerbi[12]
1992: Donald Brown
1991: Marc Kirschner
1990: Gunter Blobel
1989: James Spudich
1988: Thomas Pollard
1987: Frank Ruddle
1986: Mary-Lou Pardue[12]
1985: Daniel Branton
1984: Morris Karnovsky
1983: James D. Jamieson
1982: Marilyn Farquhar
1981: Helen A. Padykula
1980: Bill R. Brinkley
1979: David Sabatini
1978: Keith Porter
1977: Elizabeth Hay
1976: George Palade[9]
1975: George Pappas
1974: T.C. Hsu
1973: Jean-Paul Revel
1972: Daniel Mazia
1971: Saul Kit
1970: J. Herbert Taylor
1969: Montrose Moses
1968: Joseph G. Gall[9][13]
1967: Philip Siekevitz
1966: David M. Prescott
1965: Van Potter
1964: Hewson Swift[14]
1963: Alex B. Novikoff
1962: Don W. Fawcett[15] (first President)


Education Committee:

The ASCB Education Committee focuses on promoting biology education, science literacy, and career development in biology-related fields, honoring educators Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education, educating educators through sessions at the ASCB Annual Meeting including the Education Initiative Forum, Education Minisymposium, Education workshop on undergraduate teaching, K–12 Science Education (for local high school students and teachers), and developing careers. Additionally, the Education Committee serves as a resource to and sponsor of the Postdoctoral Subcommittee and furthers cell biology careers.

Finance And Audit Committee:

The ASCB Finance And Audit Committee, chaired by the ASCB Treasurer, is responsible for evaluating the financial status of the Society, reviewing expenditures and recommending the annual budgets, reserve funds, and investments. The Committee consists of three or more members of the Society and two ex officio members - the President and President-elect.

International Affairs Committee:

The major objectives of the ASCB International Affairs Committee are to broaden the base of the Society's international efforts by working with national cell biology societies and coordinating international activities; facilitating exchange between U.S. and international scientists; increasing cell biology training and capacity worldwide; and increaseing international membership and satisfaction in the ASCB.

Membership Committee:

The ASCB Membership Committee, chaired by the ASCB Secretary, reviews and recommends policies related to membership retention and growth.

Minorities Affairs Committee:

The ASCB Minorities Affairs Committee (MAC) seeks to significantly support underrepresented minority scientists in all stages of their education and career.

Program Committee:

The ASCB Program Committee develops the scientific program for the ASCB Annual Meeting, which is generally held in late Fall/ early Winter.

Public Information Committee:

The ASCB Public Information Committee promotes education of the lay public in cell biology, directly and through the media.

Public Policy Committee:

The ASCB Public Policy Committee regularly educates the United States Congress and the Administration about the importance of basic biomedical funding and biomedical policy.

Women In Cell Biology Committee:

The major objective of the Women in Cell Biology Committee (WICB) is to provide opportunities and information useful to women• and men in developing their careers in cell biology. The WICB Committee also provides career development advice of value to all basic biomedical scientists.

The Cell: An Image Library:

The Cell: An Image Library is a comprehensive, easily accessible, public resource database of images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms, showcasing as well cell components and functions. The database will advance research on cellular activity with the ultimate goal of improving human health. For more information on contributing to The Cell, visit the Submit page.


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^ Pioneering cell biologist Hewson Swift, Ph.D., 1920–2004, University of Chicago News Office, January 22, 2004
^ American Society for Cell Biology records - Historical Note, Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Accessed February 28, 2011.
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