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On April 27, 2021 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology announced the first class of ASBMB Fellows, which included two of our faculty members.

We congratulate Suzanne Barbour and Henrik Dohlman!

Suzanne Barbour with goldSelection as a Fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is an honor bestowed on our most distinguished members. Fellows are recognized for their meritorious efforts to advance the molecular life sciences through sustained outstanding accomplishments in areas such as scientific research, education, mentorship, commitment to diversity and service to the society and scientific community.


Suzanne Barbour is the dean of the graduate school and a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Barbour served on the ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee for 12 years. She is now a member of the Minority Affairs Committee and the Council. Barbour serves on the Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee and organized scientific sessions for the 2020 annual meeting. She has been on the Journal of Lipid Research editorial board for almost 14 years.

She was nominated to be an ASBMB fellow by Sterling Bradley, who wrote that Barbour “is a recognized national advocate for many aspects of career development and the challenge facing working scientists and the coming generation of scientists.”

Barbour earned her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University and did postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego. She has been a program director at the National Science Foundation and a dean at the University of Georgia.


Henrik Dohlman with gold

Henrik Dohlman is a professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he chairs the pharmacology department and is a joint faculty with the department of biochemistry and biophysics. He studies G protein–coupled receptor signaling and desensitization in yeast. His lab was the first to demonstrate G protein regulation by GTPase-activating RGS proteins, mono- and poly-ubiquitination, and proton second messengers.

Dohlman has been an ASBMB member for more than three decades. He served multiple terms on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry and today is an associate editor.

Jeremy Thorner, who nominated Dohlman as an ASBMB fellow, wrote, “Henrik has made numerous path-finding contributions about what are now known as G-protein coupled receptors. … Moreover, in the process, he has trained legions of his own Ph.D. students and postdoctoral trainees.”

He earned his Ph.D. at Duke University and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley.

Meet the 2021 ASBMB fellows.

Watch ASBMB’s 2 minute video Meet the inaugural ASBMB fellows

The 2021 fellows are indeed a distinguished group of scientists who have contributed to multiple missions of our society over a sustained period of time and enriched our world through their efforts and accomplishments. It was an honor to be part of the process to recognize this group, and their contributions make us proud to be members of the ASBMB.