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Journal of Biological Chemistry names new editor-in-chief
Date:12/6/2010

BETHESDA, Md., Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The Journal of Biological Chemistry announced today that Martha Fedor, a faculty member at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., has been named the journal's next editor-in-chief.

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Fedor, whose five-year term will begin Jan. 1, will succeed the journal's longtime editor, Herbert Tabor, a distinguished researcher at the National Institutes of Health who has steered the highly cited journal for the past four decades. Fedor will be the first female leader in the journal's 106-year history.

"I am delighted that Dr. Fedor has agreed to serve as editor-in-chief of the JBC," said Suzanne Pfeffer, president of American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, which publishes the JBC and two other journals. "She brings a clear vision for how to maintain JBC's excellence while incorporating emerging areas at this exciting juncture in biochemical and molecular biological research.  Having served as a JBC associate editor, she understands well the complexities of the journal's operations."

Fedor, who holds a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley, has served as an associate editor for the JBC since 2006, and her research focus is RNA assembly and catalysis.

"I am honored and thrilled to have this opportunity to guide the JBC into the future," Fedor said. "I am particularly grateful for Herb Tabor's confidence in my ability to take on his role in the journal that has become an icon through his outstanding leadership. I will be relying on his wisdom and on the collective wisdom and support of the JBC associate editors and the editorial board as we work together to meet the highest standards in serving the scientific community."

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