Judith Storch, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, was named a 2023 Fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) in recognition of “outstanding commitment to the ASBMB through participation in the society in addition to accomplishments in research, education, mentorship, diversity and inclusion, advocacy, and service to the scientific community.”
The ASBMB Fellows program was established in 2020 to recognize its most distinguished and established members for their meritorious efforts to advance the molecular life sciences through sustained outstanding accomplishments.
This is the third year the society has named fellows, who were recognized in March at the society’s annual meeting in Seattle.
An ASBMB member since 2003, Storch has served two terms on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and she is a past member of the ASBMB Publications Committee. She is on the steering committee of the ASBMB Lipid Research Division and has written several articles in ASBMB Today representing the division.
Storch was nominated by George Carman, Board of Governors Professor of Food Science, a fellow in the ASBMB inaugural class and Storch’s colleague for more than 40 years. “I have the highest regard for her as a scientist, educator and colleague with respect to outreach activities within and outside the ASBMB,” Carman wrote.
Before joining the faculty of Rutgers University in 1992, Storch was an associate professor in the Nutrition Department at the Harvard School of Public Health.
She earned a master’s degree in Human Nutrition and a doctoral degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Columbia University, where she studied the role of lipids in regulating the biophysical properties of lipids and cell membranes. She did postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School, where her interests in intracellular lipid transport began.
Storch’s research, which has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 35 years, focuses on the structure and function of fatty acid and cholesterol binding proteins, and her work has major implications for the treatment of obesity, cardiovascular disease and lipid-storage diseases.
She has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Nutrition and is currently the Executive Editor of Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids.
Storch was also inducted into the Class of 2020 Fellows by American Society for Nutrition (ASN), the highest honor ASN bestows, recognizing individuals for significant discoveries and distinguished careers in the field of nutrition.