Meet our 2020 – 2021 OSU SACNAS Leadership


Priscila M. Rodriguez Garcia is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Molecular Genetics Department. She is a member of Dr. Paul Herman’s lab where they study the regulation of cellular organelles that lack a membrane using baker’s yeast as a model organism. Priscila is from Puerto Rico and enjoys playing video games and exploring Columbus with her dog, Gonzalo.

Priscila’s email: rodriguezgarcia.2@osu.edu  Twitter: @priscila_marie





Allison Chartrand is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in the School of Earth Sciences and the current Vice President of the Ohio State SACNAS Chapter. She studies glacier dynamics at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, focusing on using remote sensing to investigate the evolution of basal features in the floating ice shelves surrounding Antarctica. She is originally from upstate New York and enjoys playing French horn, running, and doing frozen and liquid watersports whenever she can.

Allison’s email: chartrand.8@osu.edu  Twitter:@IceShelvesAndAC





Xilal Rima is a 3rd year Ph.D. candidate in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and is currently the treasurer of SACNAS.  He is also the vice president of LLEGA (Latino\Latina Engineering Graduate Association).  Xilal’s research focuses on engineering glass surfaces to encourage the communication (chisme) of cells to better comprehend cancer dormancy.  Xilal is from Colorado and enjoys playing soccer, jamming out on his guitar, and dancing!




Social Media Coordinator

Elvia Lozano is currently a 4th year Biology major on the Pre-Med track. She hopes to one day become a physician scientist who focuses on family medicine and epidemiological research for minority communities. She is currently our social media chair, the Vice President Girls Of Outreach and Diversity( a Latina Sorority Interest Group), and the Undergraduate Volunteer Coordinator for La Clinica Latina. Elvia has lived most of her life in Orange County, CA but was born in Jalisco, Mexico. In her free time, Elvia likes to make embroidered wall art and watch documentaries on Netflix.




Fundraising Chair

Natalia Patritti Cram is a second year undergraduate student in the field of Anthropological Sciences and Medical Anthropology. She is interested in research and STEM education accessibility for minorities. She is currently SACANAS fundraising chair. She is also involved in other organizations which strive for inclusivity and education such as the GirlUp foundation where she is part of the Midwest Team as the Social/Event Lead. In her free time, she enjoys watching cooking shows, cooking, and spending time with her dog Orion.




Recruitment Chair

Gabo Zeballos is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography and 2020’s Ohio State SACNAS Chapter Recruitment Officer. Gabo’s research involves the use of satellite imagery and botanical field assessments to determine the impact of climate change upon high altitude ecosystems in the Andes. Gabo is also a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellow from the Centre of Latin American Studies at Ohio State University for the language Quechua, the most spoken native language in the Americas. Gabo is Bolivian. Gabo loves cooking for friends and is ashamed when he has high sickness in the mountains, which happens every time he goes back to Bolivia. Do not tell anybody, please.

Communications Chair

Ally Langley is starting her 6th year in the biological division of the Chemistry Ph.D. program.  Her research focuses around the protein folding problem and understanding what factors are involved with the stability of proteins.  She is currently the Communications Chair for SACNAS and a member of FOCUS (an organization for women in science), was a summer intern at Genentech, and will be finishing up her Ph.D this semester!  Ally is originally from San Diego and enjoys going to hockey and football games, concerts, and exploring Columbus for new food!





Webmaster and National Liaison

Daniela Bautista-Bernardo is a second year biology major, she is the webmaster and national liaison. Daniela is from Columbus, Ohio. She is in the pre-med track in hopes of becoming a physician. The rest of her time is dedicated to spending time with her dog Bella. 








Dr. Marcela Hernandez is the Administrative Director in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at The Ohio State University. She received a Bachelor of Science, in Molecular Genetics, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry.  Her scientific training and research in biochemistry and molecular biology focused on control of gene expression at the transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels. Her role is to design and implement programs to enhance retention, and support of postdoctoral scholars including a special focus on those with underrepresented backgrounds. She became a scientist thanks to an excellent Ph.D. mentor who inspired her, trained her, and mentored her. For this reason, she is very passionate about mentoring and is working to help the next generation of STEM professionals navigate successfully to rewarding careers. Dr. Hernandez is also the mother of twin boys, one of whom has learning disabilities, which has made her active in the area of support and advocacy of students with disabilities at the K-12 and college levels. To learn more about Dr. Hernandez’s story go here and for her professional trajectory, go here.

Marcela’s email: hernandez.16@osu.edu

As an Assistant Vice Provost at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Yolanda Zepeda leads targeted services for students of color designed to promote access to college, retention and academic success. Student groups served include underrepresented students, single-parent students, students in STEM, and Latinx students. Yolanda also works to disseminate diversity and inclusion practices across the campus and leads training workshops on inclusive faculty hiring. Ms. Zepeda is committed to nurturing a supportive climate for Latinx students on campus and fostering university engagement in the central Ohio Latinx community. Toward this goal, she manages the production of the student-led magazine ¿Qué Pasa, Ohio State? and launched a partnership with WOSU to support greater visibility of Latinxs in community media.

Yolanda’s email: zepeda.3@osu.edu