Biochemistry Student Awarded at National Research Conference

Moya at the Conference

SUNY Old Westbury senior Ishmael Moya was recently awarded for his outstanding oral presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), held in Phoenix, Arizona. Moya worked closely with Professor Youngjoo Kim, Chemistry and Physics Department, on a project involving an enzyme that is an important therapeutic target in some human cancers.

During the four-day conference, more than 1,800 students from 350 colleges and universities participated in the poster and oral presentations in twelve STEM disciplines. Ishmael’s presentation titled "Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Dephosphorylation by Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase 1B" received the highest scores. 

"Being able to work with Professor Kim on this research, and presenting it a national conference was a great opportunity," said Moya, a Biochemistry major. "I'm excited to further my research and pursue a career in graduate school where innovation and creativity are welcomed."

ABRCMS is one of the largest national minority conferences for primarily undergraduate students majoring and doing research in the STEM fields. Students attend this conference to present their research, explore graduate schools, and network.