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General Information about the ASCB

Membership Profile:

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is a nonprofit membership organization of biologists studying the cell, the fundamental unit of life.

Since its founding in 1960, the ASCB has grown to approximately 9,000 members in the United States and more than 65 countries around the world. About 25% of ASCB members are international. Current members come from universities, colleges, professional schools, government, industry, and public and private research institutions.

Membership in the ASCB is open to all research scientists, students, educators (high school, undergraduate, and graduate level), and technicians who have education or research experience in cell biology or an allied field.

Membership Types:

Regular Member: A scientist who holds a Ph.D., an equivalent degree (e.g., M.D., D.V.M.) or has equivalent experience. Regular members can sponsor abstracts, vote in Society elections, and hold office.

Postdoctoral Member: A scientist who holds a Ph.D., an equivalent degree or has equivalent experience, and is actively engaged in a training program. Postdoctoral members can sponsor abstracts and vote in Society elections.

Student Member: A candidate in good standing to receive a doctoral degree. Student members may sponsor their own abstract.

Emeritus Member: A Regular member who has retired from active research or training. An individual must have been a Society member for at least 10 years to be considered for Emeritus status. Emeritus members can vote in Society elections.

Citizen Member: Individuals who share the stated purpose of the Society but do not have educational or research experience in cell biology or an allied field may be admitted to membership following nomination by two regular members and vote of Council.

Corporate Member: A company wishing to demonstrate support for the ASCB and the field of cell biology. Contact the ASCB office for more information on corporate membership.


The ASCB is governed by a five-member Executive Committee and a 12 member Council elected by the membership. Day-to-day affairs of the Society are conducted by an Executive Director and staff from the Society's National Office, located at 8120 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20814-2762.

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