The American Society for Cytotechnology has named Daemen alum Roberto Zambrano its 2021 “Rookie of the Year.”
Currently employed at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Zambrano graduated in 2018 from Daemen with a master’s degree in cytotechnology and in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in biology.
Zambrano was chosen for the award, in part, based on a 2020 trip he organized to his native country of Ecuador, where he and a team of cytologists performed cervical screening in underprivileged areas.
“In my country, cytotechnology does not really exist as a profession, and the lack of up-to-date laboratory techniques and facilities creates a great need for screenings,” said Zambrano. “Many women in these communities had never had a screening of this kind that can catch cancer or lesions early—and potentially prevent something much worse.”
As a Daemen student, Zambrano was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a recipient of the International Student Excellence in Leadership Award, and earned recognition for his academic achievement while a member of the men’s tennis team.
In recent years, Zambrano has volunteered at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen in Buffalo and has worked as a construction volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.