Stowers Welcomes ASBMB Scientists

Hosting a scientific conference requires months of planning and execution, yet the days of scientific discourse that result can be an invaluable tool for moving science forward. Last fall, Stowers Investigator Jennifer Gerton, PhD, her colleague Thoru Pederson of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology gathered scientists focused on the emerging roles for the nucleolus at the Stowers Institute.

For three days, scientists presented their most recent research findings to one another, engaged in lengthy conversations, and asked probing questions of each other. “Scientists come to these meetings not just to highlight their latest findings, but to establish collaborations and gain feedback that can push their research even further forward,“ says Gerton. “In hosting this kind of scientific meeting, the Stowers Institute is serving all of science, not just that being conducted here.”

The fall symposium featured research on the nucleolus, a subnuclear organelle that was first recognized under the microscope in the 1830s. This organelle has long been known for its function as a ribosome factory. Ribosomes are the protein machines that make all the proteins in the cell. However, the nucleolus is also a hub for many other nuclear activities. Fundamental functions of the nucleolus and its role in human health and disease were discussed at the meeting. ASBMB will sponsor another nucleolus meeting in 2019, to be held again at the Stowers Institute.