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2019 ABRCMS Awardees

Published November 27, 2019

Out of the 61 CSULB students presented their work at this year's Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), six have earned awards:

Michael Lam – Junior Molecular Biology major and Fellow in the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program – for work titled "Fmoc-Dipeptides as a Scaffold to Systematically Investigate Inhibitors of Butyrylcholinesterase, an Enzyme Implicated in Alzheimer's Disease" in the lab of Dr. Jason Schwans in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

Robert Mejia – Junior Biochemistry major and Scholar in the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) – for work titled "Development of Apolipoprotein AI Chimera for Targeted Drug Delivery to Breast Cancer Cells" in the lab of Dr. Vasanthy Narayanaswami in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

Reema Shinh – Junior Chemical Engineering major and Fellow in the Research Initiative for Scientific (RISE) Enhancement program – for work titled "Monochloramine Reactivity with Amino Acids in Wastewater: Kinetic and Temperature Dependence" in the lab of Dr. Stephen Mezyk in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

Adriana Hernandez – Senior Psychology major and Scholar in the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) program – for work titled "Compromised Blood Brain Barrier in a Mouse Model of Schizophrenia" in a Summer Internship at the University of Pennsylvania. Adriana is currently working in the laboratory of Dr. Christie Fowler in the Neuroscience and Behavior Department at UC Irvine.

Lisa Rusali – Senior Molecular Biology major and Fellow in the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program – for work titled "Ring Closing of Aromatic Alkynes and Gold Cavitand Substrate Selectivity" in the lab of Dr. Michael Schramm in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

Angela Tran – Senior Molecular Biology major and Scholar in the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program – for work titled "The Role of Lysine 52 and 54 in the Stability of Apolipophorin III via Salt Bridge Formation" in the lab of Dr. Paul Weers Group in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. Angela is a past participant in the BUILD program.

369 awards were given in the areas of:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computation and System Biology
  • Developmental Biology and Genetics
  • Engineering, Physics, and Mathematics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Social and Behavior Sciences and Public Health

This year's conference took place in mid-November and included keynote speakers and professional development seminars for students planning careers in the biomedical science industry. There were over 2,400 poster presentations given primarily by undergraduates from across the country.

CSULB participants at ABRCMS 2019
CSU Long Beach participants and mentors at the 2019 ABRCMS.