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ASCB is an inclusive, international 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 scientific workforce.

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Special Interest Subgroups

Apply to lead a Member-Organized Special Interest Subgroup to dive deeper into specialized scientific topics.

Deadline: May 1

Education and Professional Development Sessions

Plan a session bringing together experts in career development, leadership, and education for all career levels.

Deadline: May 15

Scientific Awards

The ASCB recognizes worthy scientists at various levels with a variety of prestigious awards that are presented at the annual meeting.

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Call for Abstracts opens May 31
The ASCB and EMBO invite the submission of abstracts that report new scientific research developments in the areas of cell biology. Abstracts are welcome from scientists and students in all sectors, including academia, industry, government, and education.


ASCB meeting in San Diego, California, Sunday, December 9, 2018. 
(Photography by Paul Sakuma Photography)

2019 Keynote Lecture

Bruce Stillman

President and Chief Executive Officer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Bruce Stillman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. His research focuses on how chromosomes are duplicated in cells, a process that ensures accurate inheritance of genetic material from one generation to the next.

Program Co-Chairs


Sue Jaspersen

Associate Investigator

Stowers Institute for Medical Research


Elly Tanaka

Senior Scientist

Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP)

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2019 Doorstep Meeting

Cancer: From genome instability to therapy

December 7, 2019-Interactive One Day Workshop with top speakers in their field, poster presentations, and roundtable lunch discussions

2019 Symposia

21st Century Machinery: The structure, function, and evolution of protein machines


Andrea Musacchio

Max Plank Institute of Molecular Physiology, Germany

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Pierre Gönczy

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland


Tatsuya Hirano

Chromosome Dynamics Laboratory, RIKEN, Japan

Attack of the Killer Bugs: The cell biology of infectious disease


Sebastian Lourido

Whitehead Institute and MIT


Emily R. Troemel

University of California, San Diego

Beyond Figure 7: Integrating modeling and experiment in cell biology


Margaret Gardel

University of Chicago


Iva Tolic

RBI, Croatia


Petra Schwille

Max-Planck-Institute für Biochemie

D'Arcy Thompson at 100: Controlling Cell Shape and Function

Jennifer Zallen, PhD, Head of the Morphogenesis and Polarity Laboratory in the Sloan-Kettering Institute (SKI)

Jennifer Zallen

HHMI/Sloan-Kettering Institute


Ethan Garner

Harvard University

Decisions, Decisions: How cells choose their fates


Alex Schier

Harvard University

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Andrea H. Brand

The Gurdon Institute, UK

Getting from here to there: Individual and collective cell migrations


Ana Maria Lennon-Duménil

Institut Curie, France


Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez

University of Toronto


Carl-Philipp Heisenberg

IST Austria

Google Maps of the Cell: Controlling intracellular traffic flow and direction


Elina Ikonen

University of Helsinki, Finland


Daniel Colón-Ramos

Yale University

What Blueprints Tell Us: How genomics informs cell biology


Harmit S. Malik

HHMI & Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


Brenda Andrews

University of Toronto

2019 Biotech Mini-Course

Friday December 6, 2019

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) will offer a one-day course for graduate students and postdocs on Friday, December 6, 2019, the day before the ASCB/EMBO Meeting. The course will help basic scientists become more competitive for jobs in biotech, pharma, and industry. The course will be held in Washington, DC.





Worthington Biochemical Corporation

Travel Awards- Postdoctoral Fellows