Ten Hostos students will participate in this year’s Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), which takes place on November 10-13. Two of the 10 will also present at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Diversity in STEM Conference, which is scheduled for October 25-29. Both conferences will be held virtually.
Working in collaboration with Hostos Professor Biao Jiang, students Elizabeth Pérez, Olawale Oladapo, Carlos De La Cruz, and Serigne Mbaye will present “Big Data Analytics on Social Media Regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine.”
Working in collaboration with Hostos Professor Yoel Rodríguez, Dawrys Muñoz and Kevin Rivadeneira will present “Computational Discovery of SARS-CoV-2 Main Protease (Mpro) Inhibitors.” Rodríguez also supervised Mustafa Ahmed and Ronald Salvane’s presentation “In silico Discovery of SARS-CoV-2 Papain-like Protease (PLpro) Inhibitors” and Scarlet Martínez Cardoze and Onyinyechi W. Obineche’s “In Silico Discovery of Neutralizing Agents Targeting SARS-CoV-2 Spike Glycoprotein.”
The ABRCMS is one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Student participants will present research, enhance professional development skills, explore graduate schools, and network.
Martínez Cardoze and Obineche will also present their research at the SACNAS’ National Diversity in STEM Conference. SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.
Elizabeth Pérez’s, Carlos De La Cruz’s, Ronald Renold Salvane’s, Dawrys Muñoz’s and Kevin Rivadeneira’s research experiences (2020 – 2021) were sponsored by CUNY’s Hostos LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation) Program.
Olawale Oladapo’s, Serigne Mbaye’s, Onyinyechi Winner Obineche’s, Mustafa Ahmed’s research experiences (2020 – 2021) were sponsored by CRSP (CUNY Research Scholars Program).
Scarlet Martínez Cardoze research was sponsored by the CUNY Community College Research Grant (CCRG 2021) granted to Dr. Yoel Rodríguez and Dr. José A. Fernández Romero of the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Scarlet is a former CUNY’s Hostos LSAMP Fellow.
Onyinyechi Winner Obineche (Cohort 2019-2020), Ronald Renold Salvane (Cohort 2020-2021), Kevin Rivadeneira (Cohort 2020-2021), Mustafa Ahmed (Cohort 2020-2021) and Scarlet Martínez Cardoze (Cohort 2020-2021), Serigne Mbaye (Cohort 2021-2022) are Hostos Engineering Academic Talent (HEAT) Scholars.

About Eugenio María de Hostos Community College
Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change, transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. Hostos serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, and a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "student success coach" program, which partners students with individualized guidance, is emblematic of the premier emphasis on student support and services.
Hostos offers 28 associate degree programs and 2 certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture (HCAC) is one of the pre-eminent Latino arts centers of the northeast. The HCAC has distinguished itself for showcasing traditional art forms as well as emerging and internationally renowned artists.
Hostos Community College is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university serving more than 500,000 students at 25 colleges.