Introducing the 2021 MBoC Early-Career Editors
The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is proud to announce the selection of 24 Early-Career Editors to join the board of Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC). This new group of pre-tenure faculty and postdocs will be responsible for highlighting preprints posted on bioRxiv. Their contributions will alert MBoC readers to the latest research, provide readily digestible summaries for preprint readers, and add visibility for authors.
MBoC’s Early-Career Editors will apply Significance Statements and Badges to summarize and convey important aspects of selected preprints, which will be published in MBoC and displayed with the preprint on bioRxiv. Supported by a Learned Society Curation Award from the Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, ASCB is developing these curation tools for preprints and for MBoC articles. Significance statements will highlight key findings and advances, and badges will highlight specific aspects of the work such as advancing a new concept or methodology, providing open datasets, or having instructional value.
This new group of editors is a valuable addition to MBoC and ASCB’s community. Early-Career Editors will also receive training and mentorship from senior MBoC editors to support their growth as they continue to rise as future leaders in their research communities. The Early-Career Editors will serve in this volunteer role for one to two years, and we will have a recurring application cycle to recruit additional members each year. As this is the initial pilot phase of an evolving project, we look forward to the future of this group and their activities.
The new editors are listed below. See their full profiles here.
University of California, Los Angeles
|Postdoc||Cancer therapeutics, Tumor biology|
|Faculty||Cell biology of Archaea|
National Institutes of Health, NIA
|Postdoc||Lysosomal biology, Parkinson’s disease, Membrane trafficking, Neurodegeneration|
University of Texas at Dallas
|Faculty||Neuroscience, Immunology, Cell biology|
University of Montréal
|Postdoc||Cytokinesis, Cell division|
Boston University School of Medicine
|Faculty||Cellular immunology, Microbial pathogenesis|
|Jacqueline De Lora
Max Planck Institute for Medical Research
|Postdoc||Synthetic biology, Organoid biology, Bioengineering, Biomaterials, Optogenetics|
University of Warwick
|Faculty||Trypanosomes, Parasites, Cell biology, Flagellum, Ciliopathy, Molecular genetic tools|
European Molecular Biology Laboratory
|Faculty||Evolutionary cell biology, Microbiology, Cell division, Nuclear architecture and remodeling|
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
|Faculty||Cell biology, Evolutionary cell biology, Microbiology|
National Institutes of Health, NCI
|Postdoc||Cytoskeleton, Cell biology, Intravital microscopy, Electron microscopy|
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
|Postdoc||Chromosome segregation, CRISPR technologies, Cancer biology|
University of Michigan
|Postdoc||Cytokinesis, Cytoskeleton, Live imaging|
|Faculty||Microbiology, Biomolecular condensates, Integrative modeling|
University of Chile
|Postdoc||Aging, Brain metabolism, Neuron-astrocyte interaction, Transomics|
Agency for Science, Technology and Research
|Postdoc||Developmental biology, Stem cells|
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
|Faculty||Dendritic cells, Phagocytosis, Trafficking, Autophagy, Inflammasomes|
The Francis Crick Institute
|Faculty||Morphogenesis, Mechanics, Organogenesis, Heart development|
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
|Faculty||Cell and developmental biology|
|Postdoc||Epithelial stem cells, Plasticity, Microenvironment|
Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research, Tirupati
|Faculty||Chromosome structure and organization, Genome stability, Meiosis|
University of Tokyo
|Faculty||Cell biology, Imaging, Biophysics, Data science|
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
|Faculty||Computational cell dynamics, Quantitative microscopy|
Carnegie Mellon University
|Faculty||Phase separation/Biomolecular condensates|
A note on the selection process
Following an open call for applications in December 2020 through January 2021, a selection committee composed of MBoC editors and ASCB staff reviewed nearly 200 applications to select these final candidates based on their scientific achievements, interest and experience with editorial and review activities, and their contributions to diversity and broader impacts of the scientific community. The applicant pool was well-balanced between postdocs and faculty (~50% each), genders, and was diverse with regard to race/ethnicity and geographical location (40% outside the United States). With this balance in mind, and with ASCB’s mission to increase diversity in the scientific community, we are pleased that the selected group features broad representation from the United States and around the world, across topics of interest to MBoC and ASCB communities.
We did not ask candidates to self-identify their race/ethnicity and gender, though these identities were often discussed in their interest statements or were apparent from their submitted reference letters or CVs and public profiles. Assembling a diverse group was a priority, but we realized after opening applications that we should have asked for such demographic data – as these statistics would be valuable to track over time as ASCB aims to increase the diversity of MBoC’s board and to support the recognition of scientists from historically excluded groups in the scientific community. In future applications, we will follow recommendations from ASCB’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan, which was being prepared around the time that we issued this call for applications.
Because of the size and strength of the applicant pool and our need to select an initial board of a manageable size, the final selection was very difficult and in the end there were still many strong candidates we did not select. There is clearly a deep desire from many early-career scientists to be involved with the publication process, and we hope that opportunities for early-career researchers will expand to fill this need.
About the Author:
Michael Lacy is ASCB's Curation Manager.