Dr. Michael Best recently accepted an invitation to join the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal “Chemistry and Physics of Lipids”. This journal, published by Elsevier, featuring an impact factor of 2.86, is focused on the properties and biological activities of lipids, which play key roles in both normal physiological processes and those associated with disease. “I am excited to assist in steering the future direction of this influential journal.” said Best. This acheivement has also been recognized by QUEST, an online magazine highlighting UT faculty and students’ accomplishments.
In addition, Best was recently invited to provide an article for a special issue of the journal “Accounts of Chemical Research”. This publication currently possesses one of the highest impact factors among journals associated with chemistry (21.84). Accounts of Chemical Research publishes focused review articles that primarily describe work performed in the author’s own laboratory. Best was invited to contribute to this special issue by guest-editor Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, Professor of Chemistry at UC-Berkeley and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. The special issue revolves around the profound advances that have resulted from the field of bioorthogonal reactions and “click chemistry”. Best’s article focuses on work from his lab as well as others in which this chemistry has been extended to study the biological properties of lipids relating to diseases such as cancer. Joining Best as co-authors on this article are graduate students in his lab Meng Rowland and Heidi Bostic.
Finally, Best was also invited to provide a feature article for the monthly ASBMB Today. For those who are more on the chemical side of the fence, ASBMB Today, published by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), is essentially the equivalent for this society that corresponds to Chemistry & Engineering News for the American Chemical Society (ACS). Best’s article focuses on recent advances in the design, synthesis and application of lipid probes for studying biological properties.