CSUN undergraduate researcher’s poster recognized as a “standout” at SACNAS

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Raphael Angelo Zambrano (CSUN SACNAS)

Raphael Angelo Zambrano, an undergraduate researcher working with Assistant Professor of Biology Melissa Takahashi, has received a Student Presentation Award from SACNAS, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. Zambrano’s poster presentation “Optimization of antisense molecules designed to interfere with an sRNA-mediated antibiotic resistance mechanism” was “a standout among student presentations”, SACNAS Student Programs Manager Kateryna Oviedo said in an award email.

The 2021 SACNAS: The National Diversity in STEM Virtual Conference included 882 posters and oral presentations by undergrad and graduate students, and had more than 4,000 student and professional attendees over the three-day online event. Zambrano, a Biotechnology major with a minor in Chemistry, is also Vice President of the CSUN chapter of SACNAS.