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NC State University Cell Biologist Reappointed Editor of an American Thoracic Society Journal

Dr. Kenneth Adler, professor of cell biology at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has been reappointed as editor of the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (AJRCMB) and will serve in this capacity for another three years.

According to the American Thoracic Society, publisher of the AJRCMB, since Dr. Adler’s editorship began in 2008, the journal “has increased its impact factor to 5.125 and has reduced its publication lag time to 2.7 months.”

“Ken has done a wonderful job, and under his leadership, the AJRCMB has become the preeminent journal in its field,” says ATS Publications Policy Committee Chair Roy G. Brower, MD, professor of medicine and medical director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

“Ken’s experience as editor, his very strong editorial team, and his knowledge of biomedical publishing will allow the journal to continue to build on its successes, even in a very challenging publications environment.”

Dr. Adler, a member of the CVM Department of  Molecular Biomedical Sciences,  implemented several new features, including the Red in Translation column, as well as initiatives aimed at attracting younger researchers, such as the AJRCMB Young Investigator Award.

“I am thrilled to continue as AJRCMB editor-in-chief,” Dr. Adler says. “My colleagues and I are constantly thinking of new and better ways of presenting content and engaging our readers. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished, and I look forward to what the next three years will bring.”

The AJRCMB publishes translational, cellular, sub-cellular, and molecular biologic research using in vitro systems, animal models, and human cells and tissues.

In addition to the AJRCMB, the American Thoracic Society also publishes the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.


Dr. Adler has published more than 120 papers, mostly in the area of airway inflammation and mucus secretion. He is a recipient of the prestigious MERIT Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The MERIT (Method to Extend Research In Time)  Award is presented to less than one percent of National Institutes of Health researchers.

Among other honors, Dr. Adler is a recipient of the O. Max Gardner Award, the highest faculty recognition presented by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. The award is given to the UNC System faculty member acknowledged as having “made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.”

For more information:

View Dr. Adler’s TEDxRaleigh presention “Discovering Cellular Defenses.

Read Dr. Adler’s CVM Magazine article, “Bench to bedside: the promise of translational research.”