Join Our Cellular Community

ASCB helps you excel at all stages of your scientific career through networking, professional development, meetings, journals, and leadership opportunities. When you become an ASCB member, you join more than 6,500 fellow scientists in over 60 countries, all working to advance scientific discovery in cell biology.

The collective voice of ASCB advocates for:

  • Increased funding for science
  • Fair research assessment
  • Increased diversity in the scientific workforce
  • Other issues important to our members

Click to view Member Types/Annual Dues and Member Benefits.

Who Our Members Are

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is proud to be the professional community for:

  • Research scientists in academia and industry
  • Postdoctoral fellows
  • Educators (community college instructors)
  • Graduate students
  • Undergraduate students

Member Research Areas

Our membership is composed of scientists who study the biology of the cell; including but not limited to those who do research in the following areas:

  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Neurobiology
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Quantitative Cell Biology
    and more…

Meet Our Members

Learn more about some of our members and hear why they value being members of ASCB


Member Benefits

What ASCB Membership Does for You

ASCB members can connect and collaborate in a variety of ways, all with shared goals of advancing the field of cell biology. With over 6,500 members in more than 60 countries, ASCB members work in a variety of settings, promoting research and teaching the next generation in institutions of higher education, government, industry, and public and private research institutions.

Membership in ASCB includes subscriptions to the ASCB Newsletter, the journals Molecular Biology of the Cell and CBE—Life Sciences Education, and the weekly e-newsletter ASCB Pathways. Other benefits include member discounts on annual meeting registration and poster abstract fees, professional development programs and recognition opportunities, and access to the online member directory.

When you join, you gain access to the following benefits:

  • A Network of more than 6,500 Scientists Who Share Your Research Interests
  • Cash Discounts on ASCB and Affiliated Programs
  • Member-Only Funding and Recognition
    • ASCB awards for members at all career stages that (many of which include cash prizes)
    • Grants for outreach projects
    • Travel grants to travel to the ASCB|EMBO Cell Bio Meeting

Some of the ways you can get involved with your cellular community as an ASCB member!

Member Types


Member Category

12-Month Membership

(Valid Jan 1-Dec 31, 2024)


Individuals working in cell biology or related fields.

1 year $216
2 year $432
5 year $1166


Individuals who hold a PhD or equivalent degree or have equivalent experience, and are actively engaged in a training program. Postdoctoral membership status discontinues if not renewed and may be held for a maximum of five consecutive years.

1 year $90
2 year $180


Educators who are actively teaching full-time at a two-year institution that does not grant degrees higher than Associate level (community college, junior college) or high school

1 year $62
2 year $124

Grad Student

Individuals who are either doctoral candidates in good standing or working toward completion of a master’s degree.

1 year $50
2 year $100


Individuals who are enrolled as undergraduates, or who received undergraduate degrees within the prior two years and are not in graduate school. Undergraduate membership is limited to six consecutive years.

1 year $26
2 year $52

Emeritus Member

Regular Members in good standing who are retired from active employment, were Society members for at least 10 years, and have made a written request to the CEO are eligible for free membership.

Contact Us

ASCB offers reduced dues for residents of certain countries. Learn more about Low and Middle Income Countries Membership Dues Structure.

ASCB membership runs on a calendar year basis, expiring each December 31. Membership dues are nonrefundable.

Membership Quick Links

Erin Goley

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

“ASCB was the first scientific society I joined as a new PhD student, and I’ve been a proud member ever since. The Society creates a scientific community where I feel at home and find career support and exciting science year-round.”

Kerry Bloom

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“Between the colleagues, the camaraderie, the science, the social conscience, and the annual meeting, I deeply feel that the society provides a means to contribute to the scientific enterprise beyond one’s own laboratory.”

Alissa Armstrong

University of South Carolina

“What I really like about ASCB is the emphasis on professional development, grant writing, diversity, equity and inclusion, and mentoring.” “Mentoring very strongly comes to mind when I think of ASCB.”

Beata Edyta Mierzwa

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research

“Being an ASCB member has been an excellent way for me to connect with the cell biology community, and has provided me with access to valuable resources. I love the idea of supporting a society that advocates for innovative scientific research, education, policy, and diversity.”

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