Call for speakers

Call for speakers

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Apply to speak at #DiscoverBMB in Chicago in 2025.

We're calling on ASBMB members to help shape the 2025 meeting. This is your chance to let the organizing committee know about your research.

To apply, briefly describe (2,000 characters or fewer) your recent work as it relates to one of the following themes:

  • Chemical tools to reveal new biology Chemical biology is a powerful interdisciplinary bridge linking basic and translational research. This includes the development of new chemical modalities, which open the door to performing research at a biochemical resolution in the appropriate physiological context, leading to the discovery of fundamental biological processes as well as new therapeutic modalities. This theme will focus on cutting edge chemical technologies developed and applied towards understanding, modulating and controlling biological systems.
  • Empowering futures: The transformative power of mentorship in science Dive into a world where mentorship meets innovation, growth and community building! This symposium will examine mentorship at different stages of biochemistry and molecular biology training, from undergraduate through graduate, postdoc and beyond. We will spark conversations about what it means to have successful mentoring relationships and creative approaches for engaging trainees on their journeys to becoming independent scientists. We're excited to invite you to inspire, educate and connect, and above all, to explore the transformative power of mentorship in science.
  • Enzymes and psuedoenzymes Enzymes regulate and accelerate chemical reactions, ensuring that biological and biochemical processes are accomplished. Evolutionary and genomic studies revealed that many of these enzymes (pseudoenzymes) lack critical active site residues, yet maintain the three-dimensional fold. Pseudoenzymes are widespread in nature and play important roles in human health and disease. Moreover, some proteins within a superfamily act as moonlighting enzymes, which perform the canonical enzymatic function of the superfamily but also have at least one other alternate function. This theme will explore the expanding roles of these enzymes and pseudoenzymes across diverse areas of biology.
  • Interorganellar signaling and communication Organelle crosstalk is essential for coordinating compartment-specific metabolism within the cell. Essential processes such as redox homeostasis, bioenergetics, lipid metabolism, iron homeostasis etc. must be carefully orchestrated across organelles to ensure cell and organismal survival. Organelles utilize metabolites, calcium, ROS, lipids and proteins as mechanisms for crosstalk. In this theme, we delve into how organelles communicate during health and how they signal in times of stress. Communication breakdown among organelles could lead to onset of common diseases. Join us as we explore this intricate dialogue within the cell.
  • Lipids and membranes Lipids are fundamental building blocks of life. Their unique chemical properties drive many core cellular processes. Their self-organization in the aqueous environment enables membrane-bound cells to exist and facilitates organelle compartmentalization. They are an exquisitely high yield energy source, which is both efficiently stored, highly stable, and rapidly mobilized. Their vast array of unique chemical configurations enables them to function as both first and second messenger molecules. Due to their fundamental role in cell biology, dysfunction of lipid abundance and signaling is a hallmark of metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurodegenerative disease. Understanding both the basic and disease-driving function of lipids is important to establish cellular regulation and disease etiology. Although we have learned much about these fundamental roles, the lipidome of complex organisms such as humans contains an incomplete catalogue. Of the several thousand molecules characterized as lipids, only a quarter are identified at the species level. New functions and requirements for this vast chemical space are still emerging. Moreover, the regulation of these lipids by synthases, lipases and translocases is a major area of discovery that will transform our understanding of cell function. Come join us as we explore the latest and most exciting developments in our understanding of lipid chemistry and biology. The sessions will focus on phospholipid signaling, functional characterization of lipids in cardiovascular disease, and organelle specific lipid species that drive neurodegenerative disease. These sessions will inform on emerging technology for lipid quantification and localization, the fundamental role of lipids in organelles and distinct subcellular populations of lipids, and the mobilization of lipids. Understanding lipids is necessary to establish protein-lipid interactions, communication of metabolic state and their dysfunction in disease.
  • Maximizing access through DEIA The "Changing the culture of science" symposium will amplify voices of underrepresented scientists. Selected speakers will describe their personal narratives being a BMB scientist who has navigated barriers and transformed scientific culture through their contributions to science. A separate session will highlight different BMB scientists’ innovative ideas and initiatives on mentorship, skills development, community-building and strategies for improving recruitment, retention and sense of belonging.
  • Metabolism and biosynthesis Cellular metabolism — the chemical reactions that convert nutrients into energy and the building blocks of life — has gained attention for its role in organismal homeostasis and disease. With renewed interest in metabolism has come an appreciation for the many unknowns in the metabolic networks themselves: how metabolic pathways are regulated, how they are configured to support growth or other cellular functions, and how cells balance competing demand for metabolic intermediates. This theme will cover recent research in the basic architecture of metabolic networks, new approaches to monitoring metabolism, and insight into how these pathways contribute to disease.
  • Metals of life: From microbes to medicine Transition metals play important roles as cofactors and signaling molecules. Despite their essentiality, they can also be toxic. Thus, cells and organisms are challenged to sense and maintain the appropriate concentration and availability of metals and rapidly mobilize them for metalloprotein utilization and signaling. This theme will highlight the latest research findings in transition metal sensing, transport, trafficking and signaling, from microbes to humans, in both health and disease.
  • Molecular movement Advanced high-resolution tools have enriched our understanding of tissue, cell and subcellular heterogeneity, highlighting the need to unravel the mechanisms governing the movement of small molecules within and between cellular compartments. This theme integrates insights into the establishment, maintenance, and regulation of spatial heterogeneity and the dynamics of molecular transfer. It highlights the impacts of disrupted metabolic compartmentalization in human disease, emphasizing the roles of solute carriers and molecular transfer across organelle contact sites.
  • Oncogenic hubs: Transcriptional and epigenetic complexes in cancer Transcriptional and chromatin deregulations frequently drive oncogenesis. Here, cancer forms the biomolecular assemblies comprising transcription factors and epigenetic complexes, often termed as oncogenic hubs, to sustain malignant growth. Recent studies start to reveal involvement of intrinsically disordered protein regions and phase separation in cancer development. This theme will explore these topics and how a better understanding of the underlying biochemical processes could help develop potential therapeutics.
  • RNA biology RNA biology has emerged as one of the most important areas in modern biology and medicine. Coding and non-coding RNAs are central players in a wide spectrum of biological processes. This theme will explore the forefront of research on post-transcriptional gene regulation, ranging from the roles of RNAs and proteins in RNA processing and translation to new technologies and RNA-based therapies.
  • Structural biology of proteins and subcellular structures For decades, determining macromolecular structures has been pivotal in deciphering the complexities of biology and cell signaling. The evolution of computational methods and imaging has transformed our study of challenging macromolecules and cellular architectures. This theme will spotlight how structural biologists use complementary approaches to unveil insights into the intricacies of diverse and dynamic cellular systems that govern life itself.
  • Synthetic biology The tools and approaches of synthetic biology enable interrogation and engineering of microbial and mammalian systems across scales: from the molecular (nucleic acids, proteins, lipids) to the network (regulation, metabolic pathways) to multi-cellular systems (tissues, biofilms, microbiomes). This theme will highlight work across scales and applications from human health to sustainability.

Applicants must be regular, industry or early-career members of the ASBMB. Not a member? Join now!

Only one submission per member is permitted. There may be many more applicants than available speaking slots, so some applicants may be asked to participate as session moderators instead.