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SURP Awards - 2012

Congratulations to the following students for receiving Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Fellowships in support of their faculty-mentored research projects and creative activities.

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Zohal Abdurahman Political Science, Anthropology Professor Daniel R. Brunstetter,
Professor Christine Cantarella
Socially Defined Role of Afghan Women and Their access to Education
Mohamad H. Abedi Biomedical Engineering Professor Elliot Hui Pneumatic Testing of Air-Based Inverters to Optimize Miniaturized Diagnostic Devices
Kehaulani Ahu Urban Studies Professor Richard Matthew Power through Participation: Civic Engagement in Documentary Film Campaigns
Jamie Amemiya Biological Sciences, Minor - Cognitive Psychology Professor Elysia Davis Maternal Sensitivity a Possible Predictor of Cognitive Development in Relation to Gestational Age at Birth
Sara Arastoo Biological Sciences Professor Kimberley D. Lakes The Effects of a Taekwondo Physical Education Curricula on Executive Function and Self-Regulation in Adolescents
Jocelyn L. Argueta Biological Sciences Professor Pinar Coskun,
Professor Jorge Busciglio
The Effect of Mitochondrial Mutations on the Post-Translational Processing of Amyloid Precursor Protein
Wardah B. Arif Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Jutta Heckhausen What Makes a Transfer Student Successful: Views from Transfer Students
Jahanzeb Ashraf Biological Sciences Professor Peter Bowler Growing and Extracting Biofuel from Algae
Mariam Astarabadi Biological Sciences Professor Marcelo A. Wood CBP and HDAC3 May Be Critical for Cocaine-Induced Extinction Learning
Soraya Azzawi Neurobiology, Political Science Professor Marcelo Wood Rescue of Long-Term Location Memory for BAF53b Heterozygous Knockouts
Aisha Babb Public Health Sciences Professor Jared Sexton,
Professor Daniel Stokols
Urban Environmental Determinants of Obesity in African Americans
Vikram K. Babu Biomedical Engineering Professor Wangcun Jia,
Professor J S. Nelson
Determining the Safety and Efficacy for Combined Pulsed Laser and Topical Delivery of Honokiol and Rapamycin to Inhibit the Regeneration of Coagulated Blood Vessels
Arya M. Baghkhanian Chemistry Professor James S. Nowick Studies of Tetramer Formation through 1H-15N HSQC and Click Chemistry
Alisha K. Bajwa Biological Sciences Professor Jogeshwar Mukherjee Binding of the Radioligand 18F-Mefway to the Serotonin 5-HT1A Receptor Site
Rahaf Baker Biological Sciences Professor Ron Frostig The Effect of Reperfusion on the Infarct Size Directly Following Temporary Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion in an Adult Rat Ischemic Stroke Model
Sarah M. Bauer Dance-Performance Professor Lisa Naugle Comparison of Cultures in Spain, Italy, and New York Connected Through Dance Improvisation and Performance
Christine T . Bediones Global Cultures, English Professor AnneMarie M. Conley The Digestive System: An Educational Mobile Game
Kimberly R. Bridgewater Dance Professor Jodie Gates Training as a Pre-Professional Dancer: Comparing Alonzo LINES Ballet’s and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Styles and Approaches to Dance
Kimberly R. Bridgewater Dance Professor Lisa Naugle Touring as a Preprofessional Dancer and Exploring Choreographic Relations to Music
William Brown Chemistry Professor Gregory Weiss Listening to DNA Polymerase
Alden J. Calantog Biological Sciences Professor Petra Wilder-Smith Development and Validation of an Optical Coherence Tomography Based Diagnostic Algorithm for Identifying Optical Characteristic Changes in Tooth Enamel During Demineralization and Decay
Everardo Camacho Biomedical Engineering Professor Zoran Nenadic,
Professor An H. Do
Interfacing of a Brain-Computer System with a Motorized Wheelchair
Zachary Campagna Biomedical Engineering Professor Steven George Optimizing 3-D Collagen Matrices to Simulate the Capillary Microenvironment in vitro
David X. Cao Chemistry Professor Alan F. Heyduk The Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity of Novel Bimetallic Complexes for the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide
Alvin Cao Materials Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Professor Farghalli Mohamed Investigation of a Near-Superplastic Aluminum Alloy
Christina Carnevale Biological Sciences Professor Albert Zlotnik A Molecular Approach to Discovering CXCL17's Receptor
Katharine L. Cary Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Professor Ann K. Sakai,
Professor Stephen G. Weller
Demography of Fountain Grass Populations in Central Orange County
Sarah E. Castro Dance, Psychology and Social Behavior Professor Lisa Naugle Improvisation and Choreography Workshop in Spain
Sushma Chaluvadi Biological Sciences Professor Paolo Sassone-Corsi,
Professor Kristin L. Eckel-Mahan
Effects of a High-Fat Diet on the Circadian Rhythms within Liver and White Adipose Tissue Metabolism
Carolus L. Chan Biological Sciences, Education Professor Jose M. . Ranz Construction of a Physical Map of the Chromosome 3 of Drosophila willistoni
Yu-Wen Chan Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine, biomedical engineering minor Professor Gultekin Gulsen Design of a Computer Controlled Multichannel Variable-Gain Amplifier Unit and a Band Pass Filter Circuitry for DOT System
Terri L. Chang Psychology Professor Jeffrey L. Krichmar RoboCup Rescue Robot League 2013
Wei-Han Chen Mechanical Engineering Professor Robert Liebeck Developing Composite Wings with Closed Loop and Tapered Spar
Kevin Cheng Chemistry Professor Zhibin Guan Utilization of Hydrogen Bonds to Prepare Dynamic Nanocomposites
Kevin Cho Chemical Engineering Professor Steven George The Effect of Pericytes on Vessel Formation in Prevascularized Tissues
Joseph Choe Biological Sciences Professor Steven Gross Regulation of Kinesin Light Chain by JIP
Jaydee N. Choompoo Nursing Science Professor Andrea Tenner Evaluating the C1q Effect in M1 Polarized, Pro-inflammatory Effector Cell Macrophages
Bianca Christensen Chemical Engineering Professor Elizabeth Jarvo A Methodical Approach to the Synthesis of 1,1-Diarylethanes Containing Sensitive Substituents
Brian K. Chu Chemical Engineering Professor Hung D. Nguyen Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Self-Assembly by Peptide Amphiphiles for Drug Delivery
Katherine P. Chung Psychology Professor AnneMarie M. Conley MDP: Educational Mobile Game
Michael A. Corrado Biomedical Engineering Professor Elliot Hui In vivo Imaging of a Stem Cell Niche
Scott C. Coste Chemistry Professor Matt Law Synthesis of Nanocrystalline P-Type Semiconductors for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Brita V. Crain Dance Professor Lisa Naugle Expedition to Spain and Italy: Studying Dance Improvisation and Choreography
Christian J. Crouzet Biomedical Engineering Professor Bernard Choi In Vivo Determination Burn Depth with Laser Speckle Imaging
Michael P . Cuevas Gamboa Aerospace Engineering Professor Robert Liebeck CNC Molded Fuselage
Matthew B. Curtis Biomedical Engineering, Music Professor Steven C. George The Effects of Oxygen Preconditioning on the Vascularization of Thick Tissues for Implantation
Mohammad Dadkhah Biological Sciences Professor Petra Wilder-Smith The Antibacterial Effect of Natural products on Dental Decay
Laurel K. Dang Biological Sciences Professor Michael R. Rose The Effect of Reverse Evolution on Populations of Drosophila melanogaster with a Small Size Evolutionary History: Part II
Irina A. Danileiko Psychology Professor Michael D. Lee Calibration of People's Estimates of Probabilities in Soccer
Susan Dannhauser Psychology Professor Sara Wakefield The Legal Diffusion of State Legislation Regarding Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Instruction in Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade
Dilip R. Das Chemical Engineering, Minor in Materials Science Professor Farghalli A. Mohamed Corrosion Properties of Ultra-Fine Grained and Commercial Aluminum
Chase T. Davis Biomedical Engineering Professor Wendy F. Liu Investigating the Role of Substrate Mechanics on Macrophage Polarization
Mark S. Dennisn Psychology Professor Ramesh Srinivasan Effects of TMS on Visual Attention
Lianne E. Devera Chemistry, Biology Professor William J. Cooper Benzophenone Derivatives as Potential Models for Triplet-Excited State Natural Organic Matter?
Quentin Dietz Biomedical Computing Professor Peter Bowler Growing and Extracting Biofuel from Algae
Justin Do Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine Professor Elliot E. Hui Fabrication and Optimization of Device for Control of Single Cell Pair Contacts
Natalie Do Psychology Professor William Matchin Effect of Discordant Syllable Articulation on Speech Perception
Olivia A. Domenici Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Professor Benjamin F. Villac Phobos-Deimos Cyclers
Kosha Doshi Biological Sciences Professor Jean Gehricke Effects of Marijuana Use on Cognitive Performance and Brain Activity in Young Adults with and without ADHD
Geoffrey M. DuBridge Aerospace Engineering Professor Robert Liebeck Funding/Material Proposal 2011-2012 AIAA Scaled Aircraft Performance Optimization, Retractable Landing Gear
Chantle R.. Edillor Developmental & Cell Biology Professor Bruce Blumberg The Analysis of the Adipogenic Pathway of Bisphenol A Diglycidyl Ether, Independent of Peroxisome Proliferated-Activated Receptor Gamma in Multipotent Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Yen Chi Fang Biomedical Engineering Professor Elliot E. Hui Post-assembly Laser Cutting in Microfluidic Glass Devices
Natasha Felsinger Biomedical Engineering Professor Michelle Khine Covalent Linkage of Biomolecules on to Metal Nanostructures
Kenneth K. Fernandez Studio Art Professor AnneMarie Conley The Digestive System: An Educational Mobile Game
Kellie K. Fisher Psychology, Minors: Statistics, Management Professor Joanne Christopherson Perceived Level of Institutional Support for Transfer Students’ Attainment of Post-Baccalaureate Degrees
Briana Fitch Biological Sciences Professor David Fruman Characterizing eIF4F and c-Myc Overexpression in Cancers as a Means of Resistance to Targeted Therapy
Sophia Fonua Business Economics, Political Science Professor Katherine Tate Public Opinion of Minority Women towards Social Welfare Programs
Christopher A. Galeano Political Science Professor Louis DeSipio Immigration Related Media and its Negative Influences on Public Opinion
Kelsey E. Gerber Dance, Sociology Professor Lisa Naugle Travel in Spain and Italy: Study and Practice of Improvisation, Choreography, and Screendance
Landon M. Gibson Biological Sciences Professor Frances M. Leslie The Contribution of Non-nicotine Tobacco Constituents to Reward on a Progressive Ratio Schedule
Amy D. Goldman Sociology Professor Andrew Penner Exploring International Gender Differences in Mathematical Confidence and Skills and Job Preferences
Jose R. Gomez Physics, Mathematics Professor Philip G. Collins Resistive Properties, Single Carbon Nanotube Defects
Nisa Goshtasbi Biological Sciences Professor Nosratola Vaziri Effect of Human Uremic Sera and Hemodialysis on the Colonic Epithelial Cell Tight Junction Apparatus
Maunika S. Gosike Biomedical Engineering Professor Elliot Hui Fabrication of Compression Device for Trapping and Imaging of Hydra
Daniel S. Grant Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science Engineering Professor Timothy J. Rupert Nanocrystalline Materials: Tuning Grain Boundary Structure for Improved Failure Resistance
Cyla E. Grisso Dance Professor Lisa Naugle Improvisation and Chorography Workshops in Italy and Spain
Hongyang Guan Psychology Professor Joachim Vandekerckhove Publication Bias in Three Prominent Psychological Journals
Randy W. Harper Computer Science & Engineering Professor Ian G. Harris GeoTIFF Mapping Using Computer Vision
Vahan C. Hartooni Computer Science & Engineering, Digital Arts Minor Professor Bryan Jackson Sakura Transmutation: Twitter Ikebana
Bima Hasjim Biological Sciences, Psychology Professor Min Li Role of Enkephalin During the effects of Electroacupuncture on Hypertension
Omeid Heidari Nursing Science Professor Brandon Brown,
Professor Julie Rousseau
HPV Vaccine and STI/Sexual Health Education acceptability among a largely Latino Population
Timothy Hernandez Electrical Engineering Professor Benjamin Villac High Voltage Power Processing Unit for an Electrostatic Propulsion System
Daniel V. Ho Biological Sciences Professor Jefferson Y. Chan Expression of Nrf1 is Regulated by the Ubiquitin-Proteasome System by Forming a Negative Feedback Loop with Herp
Victoria T. Ho Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine Professor Elliot Hui Mathematical Modeling of Cell Behavior Verified Through 3-D Geometric Culture
Kaylyn A. Hopkins Dance Professor Lisa Naugle Dance and Choreographic Exploration and Research in Europe
Davit Hovhannisyan Computer Science & Engineering Professor Fadi Kurdahi Interrupt Handling for Camera Based Video Synchronized Mobile Projectors
Jin A. Hur Biological Sciences Professor Ulrike Luderer Gclm Null Female Mice Are More Susceptible to Transplacental Induction of Ovarian Tumors by benzo[a]pyrene
Michelle Hwang Biomedical Engineering Professor Elliot Hui Implementation of Digital Logic in Microfluidic Serial Dilution
Caitlyn E. Hwe Biological Sciences Professor Anne Phan Comparison of Opposing Positional Information in Axolotl and Mouse Limb Bud ECM
Camden S. Jansen Aerospace Engineering Professor Ali Mortazavi An Interactive Web Interface for Exploring the ENCODE Self Organizing Map
Trevor Jones Civil Engineering Professor Russell Detwiler Quantifying Subsurface Calcite Precipitation in Carbonate Rock Systems
Bhavin S. Joshi Chemistry Professor Zhibin Guan Molecular Wiring of Quantum Dot Thin-Films: Towards Enhanced Transport
Patrick Kahn Biomedical Engineering Professor Michelle Khine Shrink-Induced Fluorescent Enhancement for Point-of-Care Diagnostics
Hannah M. Kang Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Peter H. Ditto Cultural Difference in Moral Judgments
Jessica Kao Mechanical Engineering Professor Garnet Hertz Videodome Project
Sonia R. Kaushal Biomedical Engineering Professor Elliot Hui Size-Selective Filtration Device for High-Throughput Study of Aging in C. elegans
Behdad Kavianpour Biological Sciences Professor James V. Jester Evaluation of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplantation as a Potential Therapy for Corneal Disease by Immunofluorescent Computed Tomography (ICT).
Seyed Ali A. Khalessi Hosseini Biomedical Engineering Professor Stephanie M. Reich Infantile Feeding Habits and Health Outcomes during the First 18 Months of Life
Sungwon Kim Chemistry Professor Farghalli Mohamed Investigation of a Near-Superplastic Aluminum Alloy
Jin Soo Kim Materials Science Engineering Professor Farghalli A. Mohammed Corrosion Properties of Nanostructured and Commercial Aluminum
Jeehoon Kim Chemistry Professor Matt Law Nanocrystalline Thin Film Synthesis and Characterization for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells
Colin M. Kincaid Biomedical Engineering Professor Elliot E. Hui Optogenetic Control of Stem Cell Differentiation
Akihisa T. Kodama Physics Professor Michael Dennin The Effect of Various Particle Sizes on the Formation of Domains in Lung Surfactant
Jennifer Komissarenko Political Science, History Professor Caesar Sereseres,
Professor Patrick Morgan
Land Rights and Activism: An Analysis of the Growing Threat of Mapuche Indigenous Tribes to the United States, Chilean, and Argentine Government
Ryan C. Kuehne Mechanical Engineering Professor John Garman Water Saving Mechanical Trap Toilet
Sharango Kundu Aerospace Engineering Professor Peter Bowler Growing and Extracting Biofuel from Algae
Steven Kurumada Psychology Professor Mahtab Jafari The Action of Cinnamomum aromaticum on Insulin and Insulin-Like Growth Factor Signaling in Drosophila melanogaster
Sharon A. Kuruvilla Biomedical Engineering Professor Jogesh Mukherjee 18F-Nifene Binding to the α4β2 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors (nAChRs) in the Brain
Elliott Y. Kwan Biomedical Engineering Professor Bruce Tromberg Exploring Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging on Skin
Stephanie Kwok Mechanical Engineering Professor Benjamin Villac Thermal Analysis of Cube Satellite Propulsion System
Nicholas D. LaJeunesse Electrical Engineering Professor Bryan Jackson Sakura Transmutation: Twitter Ikebana
Jaspreet K. Lally Physics Professor James S. Bullock Supernova Feedback and Other Galaxy Formation Processes and their Effects on Dark Matter Distribution around Galaxies
Anthony C. Lan Chemical Engineering Professor Hung Nguyen Deciphering Kinetic Mechanisms of DNA Renaturation and Self-Assembly via Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Benjamin M. Latham-Bryman Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Larry D. Jamner Understanding Nonmedical Use of Prescription Stimulants by College Students: The Roles of Locus of Control, Self-Efficacy, & Self-Esteem
Daniel Kha T. Le Chemical Engineering Professor Regina Ragan Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Using a Structured Nanodomain of Gold Nanoparticles Via Block Copolymer Micellar Lithography
Jeanette A. Lee Earth & Environmental Science Professor Adam Martiny Nutrient Stoichiometric Ratios in Southern California
Katherine Lee Biomedical Engineering Professor Nathan D. Wong Does Low Vitamin D Amplify the Association of COPD with Total and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality?
Jalmari K. Lee Aerospace Engineering Professor Feng Liu Heat and Mass Transport Phenomena in Nanotube Gas Flows
Carlin S. Lee Biological Sciences Professor Manuela Raffatellu The Role of Manganese Acquisition During Salmonella Infection
John Leong Biological Sciences Professor Shiou-Chuan Tsai Determination of Structure and Function of EqiS TR, a Enzymatic Domain of Equisetin Synthase
Deborah A. Lewis English Professor Alice Fahs The Locket: From Mother to First-born Daughter; From the Old Country to the New World
Zhenzhi Li Biological Sciences Professor Yi-Hong Zhou EP-20's Role of Downregulating EGFRvIII
Kevin Y. Lim Drama Professor Myrona DeLaney Writing an Album Musical: Mixing Artistic Creativity with Technology to Produce a New Musical in an Alternate Medium
Katherine R. Liptrap Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Angela F. Lukowski An Examination of the Effects of Sleep Quality and Napping Behavior on Cognitive and Social-Emotional Performance in University Students
Michael Liu Neurobiology Professor Nathan D. Wong,
Professor Sarah Choi
Ethnic and Gender-specific Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus among Adults in the California Health Interview Survey 2009
Patrick C. Lo Biomedical Engineering Professor Bernard H. Choi High Resolution, Depth-Resolved Imaging of Mouse Heart Microvasculature Using Optical Histology
Katherine Lo Mathematics Professor Bonnie Nardi Manipulation of Mechanical Devices in Video Games: Implications for Understanding the Material and the Immaterial in Computing Experience
Alexandra M. Lossada English Professor Richard Godden “They Had Devoured Parts of Him:” Desire, Violence, and Reading Black and White Bodies in Tennessee Williams’s Suddenly Last Summer and “Desire and the Black Masseur”
Mengrou Lu Biological Sciences Professor David A. Fruman Anti-Leukemic efficacy of asTORi/HDACi combination
David Lu Pharmaceutical Science Professor Mahtab Jafari Identifying Green Tea’s Effect on Dietary Restriction in Drosophila Melanogaster
Michael W. Lum Biomedical Engineering Professor William Tang A Comparison of Microfluidic Platforms for Isolation of Circulating Tumor Cells
Camille B. Macalinao Psychology Professor Michael D'Zmura Using EEG Recordings of Covert Shifts of Spatial Attention to Signal Intended Direction
Sridivya Majji Biological Sciences, Minor: Public Health Policy Professor Jogeshwar Mukherjee Rodent PET Evaluation of Fluorine-18 Labeled Dopamine D3 Receptor Agonist, 18F-7-OH-FHXPAT
Melinda J. Malley Mechanical Engineering, English Professor Mark Bachman Magnetic Coupling in a Mechanical Hearing Prosthesis
Maritza Mantilla Political Science, International Studies; Spanish Professor Caesar Sereseres Chile: Women in Public Office
Anna M. Mariscal Anthropology Professor Lisa Naugle An Anthropological Approach to Observing and Recording Dance Improvisation and Choreography
Sean Marquez Mechanical Engineering Professor Benjamin Villac UCISAT-1: Mission Analysis & Control
Alex C. Matlock Biomedical Engineering Professor Bruce J. Tromberg Fabrication of a Fast, Scalable Prototype for Diffuse Optical Spectroscopic Imaging (DOSI)
Melissa Anne. McManus Microbiology & Immunology, Art History Professor Stephanie Reich The Effects on Infant Imitation and Memory Retention from Skype, Video, and Live Demonstrations
Aakash Mehta Environmental Engineering Professor Sunny Jiang Microbial Desalination Fuel Cell Construction
Janki B. Merai Psychology, Anthropology Professor Jodi Quas The Relationship between Child Witness' Numerosity Abilities and Trial Outcomes
Roya M. Mirilavassani Biological Sciences Professor Andrej Luptak Metabolite-Induced Change in Self-Scission of Ribozyme Found in F. prausnitzii
James K. Mitchell Physics, Biological Sciences Professor Clare C. Yu Relation of Mammographic Density Distribution to Tumor Location in Breast Cancer
Stephen W. Mock Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine Professor Michelle Khine Using Photolithography and Oxygen Plasma Etching Techniques to Design Optimized Superhydrophobic Surfaces on Open Microfluidic Chips
Grant E. Moe Psychology Professor Jeffrey L. Krichmar Survey of Robot Designs and Control for RoboCup Rescue Robot League 2013
Andrew LR. Moodie Mechanical Engineering Professor Lorenzo Valdevit,
Professor Timothy J. Rupert
Architected cellular ceramic materials for next-generation multi-functional thermal protection systems
Jessica M. Motherwell Biomedical Engineering Professor Steven C. George Determining the Ratio of Collagen to Fibrin in a Three-Dimensional Matrix to Optimize Blood Vessel Formation
Samantha Navarro Literary Journalism, Global Cultures minor Professor Barry Siegel The Undocumented Struggle
Zahra Nematinejad Public Health Sciences Professor Jorge Busciglio,
Professor Pinar E. Coskun
The Role of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Elaine Ngo Biological Sciences Professor Peter Bowler Growing and Extracting Biofuel from Algae
Ai-Thuan P. Nguyen Pharmaceutical Science Professor Min Li CCK-8 Mechanism in the Electroacupuncture Inhibitory Effect on Sympathetic Reflex Responses in Rats
Sophia N. Nguyen Business Economics Professor Gary Richardson The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act's Effect on the Great Depression
Baolong T. Nguyen Mechanical Engineering Professor John C. LaRue,
Professor Abdullah Alkudsi,
Professor Alejandro Puga
Creation of homogeneous and isotropic turbulence by use of screens and grids
Adrienne K. Nguyen History, Anthropology Professor Emily S. Rosenberg War or Conflict: The History/Memory of Vietnam, Race, and Second Generation Vietnamese Americans
Y T. Nguyen Sociology Professor Yang Su Contradictions, the Chinese Revolution and Its Influences
Andrew L. Nguyen Chemistry, Biological Sciences Professor Athan J. Shaka Melting Points of Metal Fluoride Salt Mixtures
Eric Nguyen Biomedical Engineering Professor Abraham P. Lee A Novel Microfluidic Device For Point-of-Car PCR Analysis in a Portable Diagnostic Unit
Truman K. Nguyen Biological Sciences Professor Albert E. Cerussi Construction and Testing of Tissue-Simulating Phantoms to Model Intrinsic Optical Scattering Contrast between Healthy and Diseased Breast Tissue to Improve Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Detection
Nika Nikbakht Biomedical Engineering, Biology Professor Anthony Joseph. Durkin,
Professor Mihaela Balu
Using Multiphoton Microscopy to Characterize Sun-exposed and Non Sun-exposed Skin
Jessica M. O'Neill Chemistry Professor Jennifer A. Prescher Development Of Novel Luciferin Analogs
Michelle A. Oei Biological Sciences, Chemistry Professor David M. Gardiner Expression of FGF and Cell Surrface HSPGs in Regenerating Limbs of an Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)
Dean Y. Orellana Chemical Engineering Professor Chenyang S. Jiang Isolation and Characterization of Electricity-generating Bacteria in Microbial Desalination Fuel Cell (MDFC)
Sandy Ortiz Biological Sciences Professor Peter Bowler Growing and Extracting Biofuel from Algae
Seyed Soroush. Pairawan Biological Sciences Professor Christine Suetterlin Effects of Chlamydial Deubiquitinases on the Centrosomal Protein HsSAS-6 and Centrosome Morphology
John Parcell Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Professor Robert Liebeck Undergraduate Design/Build/Fly Competition
Divya B. Parmar Economics, Political Science Professor Gary Richardson Economic Recovery and Investment during the Great Depression
Akash R. Patel Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Professor Benjamin Villac Lightweight Deployable Solar Panels in Cube Satellite Designed for Lower Earth Orbit
Monil Patel Biological Sciences Professor Peter Bowler Growing and Extracting Biofuel from Algae
Avinash B. Patel Biological Sciences Professor Shiou-Chuan Tsai Determining the Structure and Function of Monooxygenases BexI, BexE and BexM Involved in the Biosynthesis of BE-7585A
Vyvy Pham Chemistry, Biological Sciences Professor Rachel Martin Investigating Biophysical Characteristics of the Antarctic Toothfish
Hiep-Huy Pham Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Professor Christopher Hughes Optimizing Extracellular Matrix Proteins for Maximum Microvessel Network Formation
Hyung B. Phouasalit Biomedical Engineering Professor Elliot Hui Tumor-Fibroblast Expression Patterns Induced by Short Range Paracrine Signaling and the Effects of Spatially Activating the Wnt Pathway
Aswini Ponnaluri Biomedical Engineering Professor William Tang Cell Simulation Using SU-8 Material to Study the Biomechanics of Cardiomyocytes
Clare R. Quirk Biological Sciences Professor Norbert Fortin,
Professor Timothy Allen
Effects of Temporary Disconnection Lesions of the Hippocampus and Medial Prefrontal Cortical Circuit in Sequence Memory
Brittany Raynor Neurobiology Professor Georg F. Striedter Effects of Meningeal Membrane Removal on Chick Optic Tectum Development
Tahir Rizvi Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine Professor Norman M. Weinberger Effect of Nucleus Basalis Stimulation on Cross-Modal Integration in Auditory Cortex
Armaan A. Rowther Biological Sciences, Public Health Policy Professor Shahram Lotfipour Development of a Decision Instrument for Selective Chest Radiography in Blunt Trauma
Sasha S. Sabherwal Women's Studies, Political Science Professor Jennifer Terry WHO NEEDS ATTENTION: A Comprehensive Archival History and Analysis of the UC Irvine Women’s Studies Department
Stella N. Sakhon Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Gary Richardson Experimental Bank Runs
Nimrah Salim Public Health Policy Professor Kimberley Lakes The Effects of a Taekwondo Physical Education Curricula on Executive Function and Self-Regulation in Adolescents
Satyajeet S. Salvi Biological Sciences, Sociology Professor Steven Gross Comparison of Antibacterial Activity of Histones and LDs from early Drosophila Embryos
Kevin L. Santiago Biomedical Engineering Professor Michelle Khine Shrink-Film Multiscale Wrinkles for Culturing Human Embryonic Stem Cells
Amin Sarraf Public Health Sciences Professor Petra Wilder-Smith Prevention of Root Caries Using Natural Products
Thomas D. L. . Sayles Mechanical Engineering, MSE minor Professor John C. LaRue Decay and Homogeneity of Active Grid Generated Turbulence
Rose A. Schlaff Psychology & Social Behavior, Biological Sciences Professor Larry Jamner Is it Truly Better to Give than Receive? An Ecological Momentary Assessment of Frequent and Recurrent Headache Pain
Ashley S. Scott Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine Professor Elliot Hui Juxtacrine-Permeable Membranes
Natasha Sekhon Earth & Environmental Science Professor Kathleen Johnson Holocene Tropical Hydrology of Speleothem Records
Mehwish Shakeel International Studies Professor Sohail Daulatzai Nationalism and Belonging: Factors Contributing to Nation- building Efforts in Pakistan
Golroxan Shoa Biological Sciences Professor Alyssa Brewer Encoding Simple and Complex Objects into Visual Working Memory
Abdullah Siddiqui Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine Professor William Tang Computer Modeling Strategies for Experimental Apparatus to Quantify the Strength of Cellular Contractile Forces
Cassandra D. Squiers Earth & Environmental Science Professor Richard A. Matthew Developing a Database of Energy Feedback Technology
Veronica A. Swanson Mechanical Engineering Professor Ian G. Harris GeoTIFF Mapping Using Computer Vision
Anthony G. Sweeting Chinese Language & Literature, Minor Planning Policy & Design Professor Richard A. Matthew Public Acceptance of Smart Meters: Integrating Psychology and Practice
Nayab Syeda Sociology Professor Catherine Bolzendahl Unequal Equality: Patterns of Support across Dimensions of Gender Equality
Keli Y. Tahara Neurobiology Professor David B. Kilgore A Survey on Faculty and Residents at UCI Family Health Center: Attitudes and Knowledge
Roxanne Talamayan-Pascua Neurobiology Professor Gary Lynch Unsupervised Learning in Rats: Exercise vs. Enriched Environment
Adeline G. Tang Biological Sciences, Education Professor Jennifer B. Martiny Measuring the Seasonal Abundance of Marine Microbes through Flow Cytometry
Bakr H. Teebi Biomedical Engineering Professor Michelle Khine Arrays of Tunable Gold Antennas for Enhanced Sensing
Jacqueline Thomas Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Professor Robert Liebeck The Human Powered Airplane for Sport
June Tong Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine Professor Anthony Durkin Modulated Imaging: A Wide-field Optical Imaging Platform for Clinical Research
Alexandria Tong Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Larry Jamner Effects of Emotional Eating on Mood and Eating Behavior: an Ecological Momentary Assessment of Eating and Affect
Amy Tran Biological Sciences Professor Andrea J. Tenner Exploring the Role of C5a
Gerard D. Tran Biological Sciences Professor Michael R. Rose Hybridization and Population Size in Forward Selection: a case-study in Drosophila melanogaster.
Teresa D. Tran Pharmaceutical Science Professor Mahtab Jafari Protection of Human Cultured Cells Against Oxidative Stress by Tahitian Botanical Plants
Daniel C. Tran Pharmaceutical Science Professor Paolo Casali,
Professor Guideng Li
AID-Dependent Recruitment of ATF2 to Switch Region Mediates Double-Strand Break Repairs in Class Switch Recombination
Luan Tran Environmental Engineering Professor Betty Olson Investigation of Foaming Bacteria: Gordonia amarae in an Incompletely Nitrifying Water Reclamation Plant
Jonathan V. Trinidad Chemistry Professor Scott D. Rychnovsky Determining the Absolute Configuration of Oxazolidinones and Lactames Utilizing Kinetic Resolution Catalysts
Joshua E. Tromberg Psychology Professor Ramesh Srinivasan Accumulation of Evidence by Neural Populations in the Visual System During Form Perception
Stephanie Truong Pharmaceutical Science Professor Mahtab Jafari Characterization of the Putative Active Compounds in Rhodiola rosea
Roger Tu Biological Sciences Professor Michelle Khine Functional Alignment of Human Embryonic Stem Cells Derived Cardiomyocytes to Promote Maturation
Kevin Vu Physics, Mathematics Professor Kieron Burke Using Machine Learning to Determine Kinetic Energy as a Functional of Density in 1D Periodic Systems
Jennifer P. Vu Pharmaceutical Science Professor David Z. Luo How Thrombospondin-4 Effects Contributes to Pain Processing
Bryant T. Vu Chemical Engineering Professor Jim Earthman Mapping of Particle Grooves with Depth Measurement
Matthew P. Wiersma Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine Professor Bernard Choi High Resolution Imaging Conveying Depth Information of Mouse Brain Microvasculature Using Optical Histology
Elizabeth Wille Chemistry Professor Matt Law High Yield Lead Telluride Quantum Dot Synthesis for Use in Photovoltaics
Madison E. Wilson Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Jennifer Skeem Risk, Needs, Responsivity and Recidivism: An Assessment of Hawaii’s Interactive Journaling Program
Fiona Wong Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Professor Sheryl Tsai Synthesis of Polyketide Analogues and their Crystallographic Analysis
Chun Wu Biomedical Engineering Professor Michelle Khine. McLane Optimizing Hydrophilicity on Super-Hydrophobic Surface with Oxygen Plasma Treatment
Sheila Xiao Sociology Professor Ann Hironaka A World Society Perspective on Environmental Outcomes
Bryan J. Xie Biological Sciences Professor Jennifer A. Prescher Development of Azido Carbamate Sugar for Catch and Release of Proteins
Mannchuoy Yam Computer Science & Engineering Professor AnneMarie Conley The Digestive System: An Educational Mobile Game
Michelle N. Yancoskie Biological Sciences, Will apply for Genetics after Winter 2012 Professor Lee Bardwell Phosphorylative Mechanisms in Grainyhead-like 3
Stephen T. Yeung Public Health Policy, Sociology Professor Frank M. LaFerla Exploring the Impact of Brain Injury on Adult Neurogenesis
Elyse M. Young Biological Sciences Professor Mahtab Jafari Biological Characterization of Rosavin and Synthetic Rosavin Analogs
Genesis M. Zamora Biological Sciences Professor Henry Hirschberg Photochemical Internalization (PCI) Enhanced Nonviral Transfection of Pro-Drug Activating Genes; A Potential Treatment Modality for Brain Tumors

Number of Proposals Submitted = 237
Number of Fellowships Awarded = 201
Number of Honorary Fellowships = 24

Total Funds Requested = $653,629
Total Funds Awarded = $317,805

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