VEGA, Quinn

Professor, Montclair State University, Department of Biology


Quinn Vega

Statement of interest

Although a member of the ASBMB for 25 years, it wasn’t until I became a regional director for the ASBMB Student Chapters that I learned the extent to which the society supports biochemists and molecular biologists. Over the past decade, in helping the Student Chapters build a network of students and educators across the country, I gained a better sense of how the society helps to build collaborations between researchers, helps to train the next generation of scientists and how the society supports science advocacy, both locally and nationally.

I have had the opportunity to meet with faculty, students and industry scientists from across the country, and I have been impressed by their extensive knowledge and by their willingness to be part of a larger scientific community. I believe that, by continuing to build networks across institutions and subdisciplines, the ASBMB can provide even more opportunities for members to connect with other researchers, educators and those interested in science advocacy.

Education and training

  • B.S., Biology, University of California, Irvine
  • Ph.D., Biology, University of California, San Diego
  • Postdoctoral training, Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan

Awards and honors

  • College of Science and Mathematics Faculty Service Award
  • College of Science and Mathematics Faculty Research Award
  • Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Fellow Award


  • Chair, ASBMB Student Chapters
  • ASBMB Membership Committee
  • Chair, Department of Biology, Montclair State University
  • Acting chair, Department of Mathematics, Montclair State University
  • Chair, Graduate Council, Montclair State University
  • Director, NIH Bridges to the Doctorate, Montclair State University
  • Director, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Montclair State University
  • Director, Molecular Biology, Montclair State University