The ASBMB Student Chapters welcomes its new chairman!

Published February 01 2017

Quinn Vega Quinn Vega will become the chairman of the ASBMB Student Chapters later this year. PHOTO PROVIDED BY QUINN VEGA

On July 1, Quinn Vega will take on the role of Student Chapters chair at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The ASBMB Student Chapters is devoted to building a national network of undergraduate students and faculty members for the advancement of research, education and science outreach. Its mission is to provide networking and career-development opportunities at regional and national conferences, access to research and science outreach, and funding and awards to facilitate these aims. 

Quinn began with the ASBMB as the adviser for the student chapter on his home campus of Montclair State University. Quinn immediately became involved with ASBMB’s educational efforts by serving as a mentor for students in a program sponsored by the Minority Affairs Committee and as a judge in the ASBMB Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition held each year at the ASBMB annual meeting.

In 2009, he was brought on by the Student Chapters Steering Committee as the director of all student chapters in the northeast region of the U.S. Quinn continued to demonstrate his committment to undergraduate education as the Northeast director by leading efforts to provide professional development and networking opportunities to undergraduate faculty. For example, Quinn co-organized the highly successful Tranforming Undergraduate Education in the Life Sciences conference at Missouri Western State University.

A true Californian, Quinn received his B.S. in biology from the University of California, Irvine, and his Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, San Diego. He then moved on to the University of Michigan’s department of biological chemistry for his postdoctoral fellowship and then to Montclair State University.

As a researcher, Quinn investigates the mechanism of cellular signal transduction. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Instututes of Health for both research and student training. He also serves as the chair of his department.

Quinn has been chair-elect of the ASBMB Student Chapters since last July. As the current chair, I cannot emphasize enough how valuable his advice and partnerhsip have been for me and for the Steering Committee. I am pleased to welcome Quinn as our new leader!

Ann Aguanno Ann Aguanno is a professor of biology at Marymount Manhattan College. She has been a member of the ASBMB Student Chapters Steering Committee since 2007 and its chair since 2014.