ASCB is a network of more than 9,000 cell biologists, in more than 62 countries. Our members benefit from being part of a worldwide consortium of scientists spanning all areas of cell biology.

Membership in the ASCB is open to all research scientists, students, educators (high school, undergraduate, and graduate level), and technicians who have education or research experience in cell biology. Members come from universities, colleges, professional schools, government, industry, and public and private research institutions.

Check out our different Membership Types and annual dues.

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Renew your ASCB membership today and continue to receive all the benefits ASCB has to offer.

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If you would like to renew your membership by check, please email Membership, or call 301-347-9324.

9,000 members, 62 countries, 32 Nobel laureates, and YOU

ASCB member-only opportunities to accelerate your professional & personal growth:


Gain recognition, make connections, accelerate your career

  • Year-round opportunities for visibility and leadership in the scientific community, including travel awards and speaking opportunities at local and global scientific events
  • Online access to ASCB’s 9,000 members worldwide and their scientific areas of interest


  • Sign up for one-on-one review of your CV by senior scientists. ASCB members in industry are also available to help those looking for jobs in biotech and pharma.
  • Organize a local scientific meeting at your institution with ASCB funding.
  • Post your CV for free and enjoy discounted job postings on the ASCB Online Job Board.
  • View career planning webinars and attend other career coaching and career development workshops, including grant-writing and professional media training.
  • Download free PDFs of our ongoing series Career Advice for Life Scientists.
  • Apply for Managing Science in the Biotech Industry: An Intensive Course for PhD Students and Postdocs, which is offered in collaboration with the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, California, with generous funding from EMD Millipore. The next course will be offered July 12-24, 2015.
  • Apply for The ASCB Kaluza Prizes supported by Beckman Coulter that honor excellence in graduate student research.
  • Enjoy nomination privileges for ASCB Awards
  • iBiology: scientific and educational videos of interest to researchers, students, and educators at all levels
  • The Cell: An Image Library-CCDB: a freely accessible, easy-to-search public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells
  • The ASCB Science Navigator: identify scientific experts, trace the basic research behind clinical trials, or sort the latest scientific news through this three-in-one science intelligence source.

Stay up-to-date on the latest research, publish your important work

  • Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC), the ASCB’s peer-reviewed science journal, is published twice monthly. MBoC publishes important research in all areas of cell biology and life sciences, from biophysics to genetics to neuroscience. ASCB members get a 20% discount on page charges.
  • CBE—Life Sciences Education (LSE)—the ASCB’s quarterly education journal, is a peer-reviewed journal of biology education research and evidence-based biology teaching. Access and publishing are free.
  • The ASCB Newsletter, published 11 times per year, provides information on funding opportunities, public policy, careers, meetings, and other topics of interest.

Plus enjoy:

  • Up-to-date news, insights, and commentary in your field through the ASCB Post, our monthly newsletter, blogs, Facebook, and Twitter


Save significantly on attendance at the ASCB Annual Meeting—the premier conference in cell biology and biomedical research

  • Substantial discounts (members save more in registration fees than ASCB membership actually costs)

Plus apply for:

  • Travel and childcare awards enable members to attend the Annual Meeting. Travel awards are available for postdoctoral fellows, underrepresented minorities, graduate students, undergraduate students, junior faculty, and international members.


Find your voice through ASCB advocacy efforts

  • Opportunities to gain valuable leadership experience while working with other students and postdocs from around the world
  • Ensure Congress and the world hears the latest on science policy issues
  • ASCB helps change policies. We’ve worked on immigration, promoted cutting-edge scientific opportunities in stem cell research, and continue to lead the charge against the misleading use of journal impact factors.
  • ASCB helped insert language into a Senate Appropriations bill to support basic science and to revise the travel restrictions on scientists to ensure that those who make decisions and manage our grants are not isolated from the larger scientific community.


  • Join Capitol Hill Days that bring scientists face-to-face with their Representatives.
  • Stay current on Hill news with Public Policy updates in each issue of the ASCB Newsletter.

Save money

  • Discounts on other science journals
  • Discounts offered to ASCB members by Life Science Suppliers
  • Avis and Hertz rental car discounts
  • GEICO Direct auto, homeowners, condo/rental, and boat insurance (U.S. only)
  • Discounts on ASCB books and merchandise.


ASCB … where science happens and the future of cell biology begins – JOIN NOW


Click on the Profile button below to update your demographic information and share your scientific approach, funding, and research focus.

Why is updating your profile important?  Understanding your interests helps ASCB develop programs that meet the needs of our members.

NEW: You can now tie your ORCID to your ASCB Profile. Receive the recognition you deserve.

To edit your profile, click the Profile button below.


Expand your network, find collaborators. Our online directory allows you to find scientists with similar areas of focus or research.

The Directory is available to current ASCB members only.  To use the online directory, click on the Directory button below and enter your user name and password.


Corporate members are a vital part of the scientific community. Your support helps to advance the mission of the ASCB, while increasing your visibility in the research community and building your business.

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ASCB ambassadors are the local voice of the Society, promoting ASCB events such as the Annual Meeting and opportunities such as awards and scholarships. Moreover, ambassadors will be involved in future outreach activities and surveys sponsored by the ASCB.

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