Fall 2012 Grant Recipients - (A-F)

Student Name



Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Sara F. Abdelhalim

Biological Sciences

Professor Aileen Anderson

Inflammatory Cells Affect the Fate of Human ES and iPS Derived Neural Stem Cells

Mohamad h. Abedi

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

Pneumatic Testing of Air-Based Inverters to Optimize Miniaturized Diagnostic Devices

Jeby R. Abraham

Biological Sciences

Professor Steven C. Cramer

The Effects of Depression on Motor Recovery After Stroke

Christina Abundis

Developmental & Cell Biology

Professor Oswald Steward

Localization of Ribosomal Protein S6 and the Immediate Early Gene, Arc, in Animals Exposed to a Novel Environment

Hassaan M. Afzel

Biological Sciences/ Chemistry

Professor Gregory Evans
Professor Alan D. Widgerow

In Vitro Adipose-derived Stem Viability in Nerve-Blast Medium

Amirali Aghili

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Anshu Agrawal

Respiratory DC's Role in Age-Related Immunosenescence

Fareed I. Ahmed

Chemical Engineering

Professor Carrie Davis
Professor Shahram Lotfipour

Validation of the NEXUS Head CT in Blunt Trauma

Janet Ajdaharian

Biological Sciences/ Studio Art

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Imaging Gingivitis Response to a Novel Dentifrice

Anika Akhter

Public Health Policy/ Minor in Statistics

Professor Margaret Schneider

Associations Between Parental Support, Perceived Athletic Competence, and Adolescent Physical Activity: Investigating the Parental Support and Child Elicitation Pathways

Elias C. Almaz

Biological Sciences

Professor Frances Leslie

Effects Induced by Co-Administration of EtOH and Nicotine on Social Anxiety in Adolescents Rats

Aspen A. Alotis

Biological Sciences

Professor John Fox
Professor Shahram Lotfipour

Emergency Department Versus Radiology Department Pelvic Ultrasound and Effect on Patient Length of Stay: A Randomized Control Trial

Sara Arastoo

Biological Sciences

Professor Kimberley D. Lakes

Can a Mobile App Promote At-Risk Learners’ Educational and Social Success?

Alexandra S. Ashcroft

Biological Sciences

Professor Karina S. Cramer

Ipsilateral Branching and Axon Targeting of the Ventral Cochlear Nucleus Neurons

Thomas S. Assali

Microbiology & Immunology

Professor Hiroyuki Koide
Professor Kenneth J. Shea

Isolation and Refinement of Tunable High-Affinity “Plastic” Antibodies against Human Serum Albumin

Moses M. Avedikian


Professor Sergey Nizkorodov

"Cooking" Organic Aerosols with Microwave Radiation

Antony S. Awad

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Impact of Green Tea on Male Fertility in Drosophila Melanogaster

Natalie M. Badalof


Professor Rodrigo Lazo

The Letters of Brook Farm

Arya M. Baghkhanian


Professor James S. Nowick

Studies of Amyloid Inhibition through Click Chemistry

Caroline A. Bakhit

Biological Sciences/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Julie V. Patterson

Emotion Perception in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder and the Influence of Neurocognition

Neil E. Bautista


Professor Jonathan Alexander

Exploring Philippine Queer Culture: The Rhetoric of Containment for the Bakla (a Third Gender, a Third Sex)

Courtney Bell


Professor Jayne Lewis

The Comparison of History and Agency in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Peter Pan

Stephanie Berganza

International Studies/ Business Economics

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Development and National Security along the Guatemala-Mexico Border: Infrastructure and Drug Trafficking

Gabriel J. Beringer

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Susan Charles

Depressive Symptoms and Behavioral Reactivity in Older Adults

Ariel Beroukhim

Biomedical Engineering/ Minor in Materials Science Engineering

Professor James Earthman

Percussion Probe for Post-Insertion of Hip Implant during Total Hip Implant Surgery

James T. Brewster


Professor Kelvin W. Gee

Project title removed at student's request

Colleen B. Bromberger

History/ Religious Studies/Global Cultures Minors

Professor Joesph H. McKenna

Geography and the Success of Sweden's Secularization

Margaret E. Caballero-Rodriguez

Arts & Humanities/ Drama, minor in English

Professor Sarah R. O'Toole

Performance of Identity: Relationality between the Nation-State and “the Other”

Andrew J. Cabrera

Biological Sciences

Professor Frances M. Leslie

5-HT1A Receptor Sensitization Following Adolescent Nicotine Exposure

Everardo Camacho

Biomedical Engineering

Professor An H. Do
Professor Zoran Nenadic

Interfacing of a Brain-Computer System with a Motorized Wheelchair

Zachary T. Campagna

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Luis Alonzo
Professor Steven George
Professor Monica Moya

Effect of Cardiac Extracellular Matrix on in vitro Vascular Network Formation

Scott Cannon

Political Science

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Imperialism and the Quality of Life within Former Colonies

Michelle R. Caunca


Professor Claudia Kawas

Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Examination of Florbetapir-PET Amyloid Imaging and Rate of Cognitive Decline in the Oldest-Old

Faisal Chaabani


Professor Donovan German

A Comparison of Temperature Adaptation in the Digestive Enzyme Amylase

Willard Chan

Film & Media Studies/ Drama

Professor Glen Mimura

Short Film Project: Turn

Jane T. Chang

Biological Sciences

Professor Peter Kaiser

Defining the Role of Cdc6 During SAM Checkpoint Activation in MDAMB468 Breast Cancer Cells

Vincent C. Chang

Biological Sciences

Professor Bharath Chakravarthy
Professor Shahram Lotfipour

A Statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring System (CURES) And Its Effect On Physician Prescribing Behavior Among Emergency Department Patients Who Are Seen For Chronic Pain

Kinshuk Chatterjee

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Professor Adam Martiny

Marine Community Composition within the Phylum Verrucomicrobia

Kevin Cheng


Professor Zhibin Guan

Utilization of Hydrogen Bonds to Prepare Dynamic Nanocomposites

Faye H. Cheng


Professor Samuel Gilmore

The Globalization of Higher Education: A Comparative Analysis of Chinese International Students in the UC System

Renee Cheung

Materials Science Engineering

Professor James C. Earthman

Incorporation of Plant based Nicotine Alkaloid into Silicone Coatings

Beatrice Chiang

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Ability of Green to Protect against Stress

Justin M. Chin


Professor Ron Frostig

Mechanism of Broad Multi-Whisker Sensory Integration in Barrel Cortex: Contributions from Inhibitory Circuits

Alexandra Chindris

Criminology, Law & Society/ Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Cheryl Maxson

Attitudes on the Effectiveness of Juvenile Rehabilitation Centers

Neha V. Chiruvolu

Biological Sciences

Professor Steven C. Cramer

Cortical Network Dynamics in Acute Ischemic Stroke and Aphasia

Kevin S. Cho

Chemical Engineering

Professor Steven C. George

Optimization of Lentiviral Transduction in Primary Cells

Joseph H. Choe

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Steven Gross

Identifying Specific RNA Localizing to Drosophila Lipid Droplets

Ellen Y. Choi

Biological Sciences

Professor Olivier Civelli

The Characterization of D1 Cre ZsGreen Reporter Mouse Line

Rahul Chopra

Political Science

Professor Charles A.. Smith

The Politics of Human Trafficking in the United States

Karissa C. Chow

Biological Sciences

Professor Anthony James

Metabolomic Profiles of the Dengue Fever Mosquito, Aedes aegypti, After Oxidative Stress

Brian K.. Chu

Chemical Engineering

Professor Hung D. Nguyen

The Role of Solvent Condition on Morphological Transitions of Hydrogel Nanostructures Self-Assembled by Peptide Amphiphiles via Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Jacqueline S. Chu

Computer Science

Professor Deva Ramanan

Kinect with the Body

Na Eun Chung

Biological Sciences

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Imaging-Based Approach to Evaluating Dentrifice for Treating Gingivitis and Periodontitis: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Eliza Collison

International Studies

Professor Caesar D.. Sereseres

Sources of Integration for Peruvians in Santiago, Chile

Michael a. Corrado

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

Size-Selective Filtration Device for High-Throughput Study of Aging in C. elegans

Ruskin Cua


Professor Edwin Monuki

Inducible Ablation of Brain Choroid Plexus Mediated by Diphtheria Toxin A in Transgenic Mice

Matthew B. Curtis

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine/ Music Performance: Viola

Professor Steven C. George

The Effects of Oxygen Preconditioning on the Vascularization of and Resistance to Hypoxic Stress in Fibrin Tissues

Irina A. Danileiko


Professor Michael Lee

A Further Investigation into the Calibration of People's Estimates of Probabilities in Soccer

Mariexcel F. Davatolhagh

Biological Sciences

Professor Marcelo A. Wood

The Role of NR4A2 in Heterozygous Mice Examining Object Recognition and Object Location Long-term Memory

Chase T. Davis

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Wendy F. Liu

Investigating the Role of Substrate Stiffness on Macrophage Polarization

Anthony DeNicola

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy Da Silva

Optimization of Degree of Hydroxylation in Recombinant Human Collagen III

Pritha Dewanjee

Biological Sciences

Professor Steven C. Cramer

Structural Brain Correlates of Action Selection after Stroke

Gregory Dixon


Professor Ronald Carlson


Justin T. Do

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Elliot Hui

Fabrication and Optimization of Device for Control of Single Cell Pair Contacts

Haley C. Dunn

Public Health Policy

Professor Frank M. LaFerla

Impact of Interleukin-1β Signaling on Alzheimer Disease

Sami Dwabe

Biological Sciences

Professor Cristobal Barrios
Professor Allen P. Kong

Association of Sepsis in Trauma Patients to Deep Vein Thrombosis

Christany A. Edwards

English/ Creative Writing Emphasis

Professor Ronald F. Carlson

Native American Tricksters in the Modern World

Zachary W. Ellison

Chemical Engineering

Professor Allon I. Hochbaum

Sediment Microbial Fuel Cells: Generating Clean Energy from Dirty Microbes

Horacio M. Estabridis

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot L. Botvinick

Fiber Matrix Analysis with Digital Micro-mirror Device Based Confocal Microscopy and Space Time Image Correlation Spectroscopy

Melody Fang

Biological Sciences

Professor Cristobal Barrios
Professor Allen P. Kong

The Incidence and Impact of Drug Use as well as Alcohol on Trauma

Yen Chi Fang

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

Post-assembly Laser Cutting in Microfluidic Glass Devices

Jacob A. Farris


Professor David Meyer

Public Policy Climate Affecting Social Protest Movements

Natasha Felsinger

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Michelle Khine

Optical Characterization of Covalently Linked Biomolecules on Metal Nanostructures

David Feng

Mechanical Engineering/ Aerospace Engineering

Professor John Garman

Improvement Towards a Low Flush Toilet

Batya S.R.. Fields


Professor Jennifer Lee

Black Identity: The Importance of Membership in Black Organization and Gender in Racial Identity Among Black College Students

Allyson A. Fierro

International Studies/ Sociology

Professor Kristin Turney

Reentry Programs: Observing Who and What is Successful Through Studying Gender Differences in Experiences of Reentry after Incarceration

Alexz Figueroa

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Donna Schuele

The Explanation for the Disinvestment in the UC System

Michael S. Finney

Public Health Sciences

Professor Nicholas D. Olivas
Professor Xiangmin Xu

Laminar Organization of Mouse Primary Visual Cortex

Gilana Finogenov


Professor Mathew Blurton-Jones

Neural Stem Cell Mediated Delivery of CHIP in an in vitro model of Parkinson’s Disease

Sophia C. Fonua

Political Science/ Business Economics

Professor Katherine Tate

Social Group Perspectives on U.S. Welfare Policy and Reform

Taylor R. Fuller

Comparative Literature/ Film & Media Studies

Professor Jane O. Newman

The Relationship Between Nigerian and Classic, Western Literature through Globalization