Mary Spiro is ASCB's Science Writer and Social Media Manager. She has a master's degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and bachelor's degrees in both Agronomy and Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. She can be reached at mspiro@ascb.org


Symposium to focus on cell interactions both helpful and deadly

Cells do not exist in isolation but in association with one another within tissues, in organs, and within bodily fluids. At the 2017 ASCB|EMBO Meeting, the Symposium on Cell Interactions will address some of the ways cells communicate, influence each other, and impact their surroundings  … Read more

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ASCB Names 67 Society Fellows for 2017

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is pleased to announce the 2017 cohort of ASCB Fellows. The honor of being named an ASCB Fellow is bestowed to ASCB members by their peers. Fellows are recognized for their meritorious efforts to advance cell biology and  … Read more

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Symposium explores metabolism at the cellular level

In Western nations, obesity and diabetes have led to a form of fatty liver disease (FLD) that, in certain individuals, can progress to cirrhosis and deadly liver cancer. How and why these life-threatening medical conditions develop remain unclear. This will be one of the topics  … Read more

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Baumeister, Lippincott-Schwartz, and Voeltz on the structure of the cell

Since Robert Hooke first observed cork under a microscope in 1665, cell biologists have been trying to understand the complex structure of these tiny life units. Presenters at a Symposium on the Structure of the Cell, slated for Sunday, December 3, at 8:00 am at  … Read more

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The Cell Biology of Neurons Symposium

The Cell Biology of Neurons—how these specialized cells develop their branched morphology, how they transport signals, and how neurobiological mutations impact human disease—is the topic of a Symposium to be held Monday, December 4, at 8:00 am during the 2017 ASCB|EMBO Meeting. Understanding the molecular  … Read more

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Neurobiologist, Immunologist honored with 2017 Louis-Jeantet Prize for medicine

Neurobiologist Silvia Arber of Switzerland and immunologist Caetano Reis e Sousa of Portugal were named the winners of the 2017 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine. Both will present lectures during the 2017 ASCB|EMBO Meeting in Philadelphia. Arber, professor of neurobiology at the Biozentrum, University of Basel,  … Read more

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Illuminating cell organization with CRISPR-based gene tagging

The genome editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas9 has opened many doors for biomedical research by allowing scientists to precisely edit DNA sequences and alter function. The technology offers hope for correcting genetic defects and preventing disease. Scientists deploy glowing fluorescent tags to help them visualize  … Read more

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Fred Kavli Keynote Lecture: What a tiny worm taught Cori Bargmann about the brain

The microscopic worm Caenorhabditis elegans has a story to tell, and Cori Bargmann wants to hear it. But along the way, this geneticist and neurobiologist has been recruited to lead an innovative research organization with amazing potential. Bargmann plans to shine the spotlight on both  … Read more

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Wang nets ASCB 2017 Early Career Life Scientist Award

Meng Wang of Baylor College of Medicine has been named winner of the 2017 ASCB Early Career Life Scientist Award. The award, given each year since 1999 to an outstanding scientist who has been an independent investigator for seven or fewer years, will be presented  … Read more

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Kazak named 2017 Bernfield Memorial Award winner

Every year, ASCB presents the Merton Bernfield Memorial Award to an outstanding graduate student or postdoctoral member who has excelled at research. The 2017 winner is Lawrence K­azak, who is a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Bruce Spiegelman at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard  … Read more

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