LANL’s Gabriel Montaño Named SACNAS President-Elect

LANL’s Gabriel Montaño named president-elect of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Gabriel Montaño of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies was named president-elect of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). His term as president is for four years: the first year as president-elect, two years as president and the fourth year as past president.
Montaño joined the Laboratory in 2002 as a postdoc in the Biosciences Division. He became a fulltime staff member in 2005 in the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies.
Montaño was born in Gallup and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from New Mexico State (1997) and a doctorate in molecular cell biology from Arizona State (2002.)
Of the election results, current board president, Dr. Maggie Werner-Washburne says, “The next few years for SACNAS and our members are critical to developing a stronger, more connected team and leading the way to real inclusion in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.) This is important not only for SACNAS members but also for our country.

“To be ready for the change that is needed, we need to build an ever-stronger, more innovative and visionary team. For this reason, the Board and I are glad to welcome our new members and congratulate Dr. Gabe Montaño on assuming his new leadership role in SACNAS.”

The organization’s President-elect will serve for a period of four years, the first year as President-Elect, two years as President and the fourth year as Past-President. The general board members will serve for a term of three years. The student board member will serve for a term of two years.


Based in Santa Cruz, California, SACNAS is a nonprofit corporation with a 40 year history of fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano & Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, to attain advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership in science.

SACNAS serves a community of 23,000 at over 1,000 institutions. There are nearly 100 SACNAS chapters at colleges and universities throughout the US and Puerto Rico, and a professional chapter at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

SACNAS and its affiliated groups have made major advances over four decades in opening the STEM fields to underrepresented minorities and in diversifying the nation’s scientific workforce.