ASBMB program for MOSAIC scholars

The ASBMB is excited to leverage its considerable organizational and scholarly resources to implement a National Institutes of Health-funded UE5 program () to support K99/R00 MOSAIC () scholars. The program will:

  • Build a cohesive community of practice in which MOSAIC scholars will be paired with mentors with established records of scientific, funding and mentoring success and experience in culturally competent coaching practices.
  • Provide a suite of career-development opportunities and sponsorship to support the personal and professional development of MOSAIC scholars. These activities will foster networking within a cross-institutional community of scholars, and polish skills in the art of science communication, proposal writing and laboratory management.
  • Enhance professional networks of MOSAIC scholars via the with the Journal of Biological Chemistry editorial board, linkages through the Maximizing Access Committee and, more broadly, the ASBMB community.
  • Enhance institutional accountability for supporting career advancement of MOSAIC scholars by convening forums to share evidence-based best practices for improving mentoring, persistence, recruitment and retention of URM scientists.

Anchored by the Maximizing Access Committee, the ASBMB MOSAIC program also taps into programming developed by the Education and Professional Development Committee as well as the Science Outreach and Communication Committee to provide customized career-development support to the MOSAIC scholars.

What is MOSAIC?

The MOSAIC program is part of the NIH’s efforts to enhance diversity within the academic biomedical research workforce, and is designed to facilitate the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds into independent faculty careers in research-intensive institutions.

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Key activities

Years 1 & 2

  • Postdoc career minisymposium, including networking with speakers and ASBMB postdoc members
  • Publication/presentation best practices training
  • Art of Science Communication training
  • Skill building: interviewing and presenting chalk talks
  • Oral spotlight presentation at ASBMB annual meeting
  • Maximizing Access Committee networking

Years 3 & 4

Year 5+

  • Training in culturally competent mentoring
  • Scientific presentation at ASBMB annual meeting
  • "Ethics of Peer Review" training
  • Join JBC editorial board as
  • Symposium on diversity at ASBMB annual meeting
  • Maximizing Access Committee and networking

The third cohort of ASBMB MOSAIC scholars

Learn about the other cohorts

Edwin Alfonzo
Edwin Alfonzo

California Institute of Technology

Project: Unlocking new chemistries in extant enzymes for synthesizing bioactive molecules

Joanna-Lynn Borgogna
Joanna-Lynn C. Borgogna

Montana State University

Project: A multi-omic and integrative longitudinal evaluation of the role of lipid, antioxidant, and osmoprotectant metabolites in the genitourinary syndrome of menopause by race and ethnicity

Timothy Hines
Timothy J. Hines

The Jackson Laboratory

Project: Understanding the role of the integrated stress response in tRNA synthetase-associated Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

Colin Hisey
Colin L. Hisey

The Ohio State University

Project: Machine learning-enabled classification of extracellular vesicles using nanoplasmonic microfluidics

Emma M. Lessieur Contreras
Emma M. Lessieur Contreras

University of California, Irvine

Project: Retina-derived extracellular vesicles in diabetic retinopathy: Their potential role in pathogenesis and therapy

Renato S. Navarro
Renato S. Navarro

Stanford University

Project: Catheter-injectable system for local drug delivery after myocardial infarction

Brian O’Grady
Brian O’Grady

Vanderbilt University

Project: Development of a 3D neurovascular unit for in vitro modeling of subarachnoid hemorrhage and screening therapies

Melissa Ramirez
Melissa Ramirez

California Institute of Technology

Project: Methods for enantioselective spirocycle synthesis and radical hydroamination of trisubstituted alkenes

Aleah Roberts
Aleah Roberts

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Project: Investigating molecular mechanisms of endocytosis of the activated B cell receptor in health and disease

Kendrick Smith
Kendrick Smith

University of Michigan

Project: Designing chemoenzymatic approaches to biologically active molecules enabled by enzyme library screening

Tigist Tamir
Tigist Tamir

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Project: Regulation of oxidative stress signaling by tyrosine phosphorylation of antioxidant enzymes

Program directors

Ruma Banerjee

  • ASBMB Maximizing Access Committee
  • Vincent Massey Professor of Biological Chemistry
  • University of Michigan
  • rbanerjee@asbmb.org
  • 732-660-988
Kirsten Block

Kirsten F. Block

  • Director of Education, Professional Development and Outreach
  • kblock@asbmb.org

Advisory board

Natalie Ahn

  • Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
Vahe Bandarian

  • ASBMB Maximizing Access Committee
  • Professor of Chemistry
  • The University of Utah
Squire Booker

  • HHMI Investigator
  • Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Pennsylvania State University
Enrique M. De La Cruz

  • Professor and Chair of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • Yale University
Sonia C. Flores

  • ASBMB Maximizing Access Committee
  • Professor of Medicine
  • University of Colorado–Denver
Richard McGee

  • Associate Dean for Professional Development and Professor of Medical Education
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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