Elmer A. Zapata-Mercado is a PhD candidate in the Program in Molecular Biophysics and a member of the Bouchet Society. His research focuses on the thermodynamics of lateral interactions of receptor proteins in the plasma membrane of the cell by employing fluorescence-based techniques.
Zapata-Mercado was the recipient of the Francis D. “Spike” Carlson fellowship, given to outstanding students in molecular biophysics. He also completed the requirements to receive the certificate from the Teaching Academy for Preparing Future Faculty. He also aspires to help bridge the gap between the scientific community and the government through science policy work.