Fall 2013 Grant Recipients - (A-F)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Mohamad H. Abedi

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

Highly Sensitive Cardiac Troponin I Detection Using a Pneumatically Controlled Diagnostic Chip

Arely L. Acuna Avilez

International Studies

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Educational Micro-Success: Cultural Images Reflecting Latina Experiences

David J. Aghaian

Biological Sciences

Professor Feng Liu

Analyzing Expression Levels of Nrf2/NRAS after Combination Treatment with Plx4032+Luteolin

Ritika Agnihotri

Biological Sciences

Professor Donovan P. German

The Digestive Anatomy and Physiology of Manipulated Populations of Podarcis sicula

Fareed Ahmed

Chemical Engineering

Professor Carrie Chandwani
Professor Ying Hoon
Professor Shahram Lotfipour

Emergency Department Bouncebacks: Patient?s Perception of Return Visits

Anika Akhter

Public Health Policy

Professor Tim-Allen Bruckner

Special Call: Gender Differences in Coping Strategies Among Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Arun Alagappan

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered B. Haun

Improving Molecular Cancer Diagnostics by Amplifying Quantum Dot Binding Through the Use of Polyethylene Glycol Linkers

Ali S. Alkhatib

Anthropology/ Informatics

Professor Tom Boellstorff

Quantified Self: Ethnography of a Digital Culture

Lydia N. Ameri

Mechanical Engineering/ Materials Science Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

Metallic Strain Gauge for the Study of Bone and Soft Tissue Mechanics

Kristine C. Angeles

Biological Sciences

Professor Ilona S. Yim

Postpartum Depression: A Comparison of the CES-D, SCID, and Emotional Stroop

Sara Arastoo

Biological Sciences

Professor Kimberley Lakes

Physical Activity and Autism

Jason V. Arceneaux

International Studies/ Political Science

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Drone Utilization: 
A Perspective vis--vis Extraterritorial Drone Killings

Jocelyn L. Argueta

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Brian Sato

The Role of Mannose in the Recognition and Capture of Caenorhabditis elegan by the Nnematophagous Fungus Arthrobotrys oligospora

Paul J. Avalos

Biological Sciences

Professor Rahasson Ager
Professor Frank M. LaFerla
Professor Stephen T. Yeung

Therapeutic Benefits of TNF-α Inhibitor ?Etanercept? for Alzheimer?s Disease

Chen C. Avrahami


Professor Anthony D. Long

Behavioral Differences in Drosophila that Over-Express Alzheimer?s Modified Genes.

Hakop Azatyan

Social Science

Professor David Snow

Armenian Diaspora: Effects of the Armenian Genocide on Settlement, Cultural Perseverance and Return to the Homeland

Danny B. Baldo

Biomedical Engineering/ Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Anna Grosberg

Establish and Optimize Primary Cardiomyocyte Harvest

Timothy Banh

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Elizabeth F. Loftus

Depressive Symptoms Across Different False Memory Paradigms

Gina Banh

Biological Sciences

Professor Aimee L. Edinger

Development of FTY720 Analogs to Synergize with FDA-approved Drugs for a Potential Alternative Treatment of Late-Stage Prostate Cancer

Rame B . Bashir

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Bharath Chakravarthy
Professor Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont
Professor Shahram Lotfipour

Risk Factors for Prescription Drug Overdose: a Retrospective Case-Control Study of Emergency Department Patients

Parul Baweja

Political Science/ International Studies

Professor Matthew Beckmann

The Arranged Marriage

Brittany N. Bell

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Minor in Biological Sciences and Educational Studies

Professor Ilona S. Yim

The Association Between Parity and Cortisol in Response to a Laboratory Stress Task

Stephanie Berganza

International Studies/ Business Economics

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Development and National Security in Guatemala: The Role of Infrastructure Development and Security in the Drug Trade

Ariel Beroukhim

Biomedical Engineering/ Minor: Materials Science Eng

Professor James Earthman

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

Shweta Bhatnagar

Biomedical Engineering

Professor James Earthman

Composite Dental Sealants with Glass Ionomer and Resin-based Materials

Ghita Bouzarif

Biological Sciences

Professor Thay Q. Lee
Professor Martin Tynan

Effect of Angle Insertion on Locking Strength of Polyaxial Locking Plate

Alexander H. Bower


Professor Sarah D. Pressman

The Connections Between Facial Expressions, Heart Rate Variability, and Emotions

Patrick D. Brennock

Biological Sciences

Professor Anthony A. James

Molecular Characterization of Mod(mdg4) in Anopheles stephensi

James T. Brewster


Professor Kelvin W. Gee

Project title removed at student's request

Kimberly R. Bridgewater


Professor Loretta Livingston

Creating a Dance Concert: A Tangible Product of Choreographic Explorations

Christopher M. Bucklew

Anthropology/ Economics

Professor Keith M. Murphy

Why are binary exchanges popular on Craigslist

Martin Bukowiec

International Studies/ Economics

Professor Richard A. Matthew

Chinese Investments and Conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa: A GIS Study

Vaughn Q. Byers

Criminology, Law & Society/ Planning,Policy,Design

Professor Susan F. Turner

Exploring California Realignment: Identifying What Works

Raymond James G. Cabrera

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered B. Haun

Silica-coated Magnetic Nanoparticles for use in the Purification of Heterogeneous Tumor Samples

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 Steven George

Developing an in vitro Cardiac Microenvironment

Christopher A. Campbell

Materials Science Engineering

Professor Mark Bachman

Millimeter-Scale Electroforming of Solid Mechanical Parts

Nathalia Cantarelli


Professor Samuel L.. Gilmore

Group/Organization's Influence of Body Image

Maria G. Cardenas

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law and Society

Professor Elizabeth F. Loftus

Effects of Alcohol on False Memories Across Different False Memory Paradigms

Christoffer D. Caro

Biological Sciences

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Detection of Demineralization and Caries Underneath Fluoride Varnish using OCT Imaging

Anne Carr

Dance-Performance/ Literary Journalism

Professor Chad Hall

[unLIMITED]: An Investigation into the Human Spirit

Timothy S. Casasola

Social Ecology

Professor Mark Warschauer

Documenting Instructional Practices in STEM Lecture Courses: The Effect of Flipped Classroom Instruction on Students? Attitudes and Achievement

Maria J. Castillo

Public Health Sciences/ Psychology/Cognitive Sciences

Professor Steven Small
Professor Jie Yang

The Role of the Prefrontal Cortex and Basal Ganglia in Second Language Learning: A Meta-Analysis of Bilingual fMRI Studies

Leonor Cedano

Sociology/ Chicano/a Latino/a Studies

Professor Maria P. O'Cadiz

The Impact of A Quality Afterschool Program On The Social And Academic Development Of Participating Youth

Mandy Chan

Public Health Sciences

Professor Zuzana Bic

Estimating the Prevalence and Testing Awareness of Oral Allergy Syndrome at the University of California, Irvine

Gregory Chan

Biological Sciences

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Phototargeting Periodontal Pathogen P. Gingivalis in Submarginal Conditions

Gary Chang

Chemical Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

Electrically Conductive PDMS for use in Strain Gauges

Vinson Chau


Professor Cynthia Feliciano

Gendered Dating Preference among Asians

Sarahzin S. Chowdhury

International Studies

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Who or What is a Terrorist?

Ting-Yi Chu

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered B. Haun

Production of Recombinant Nanoparticle Targeting Proteins Using a CHO-K1 Cell System

Thanh Chung

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Wendy Liu

The Effect of Cell Shape on Macrophage Phagocytosis of Opsonized Targets

Katie J. Cobian

Psychology/ Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Belinda Campos

Culture, Neuroticism, and Social Support: Can Social Support Buffer the Effects of Neuroticism on the Cardiovascular System?

Eliza S. Collison

International Studies

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

The Catholic Church as a Source of Integration for Peruvian Immigrants in Chile

Andreina Coronel

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Allon I. Hochbaum

Isolation and Characterization of Geobacter Pili from Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Michael Corrado

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

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

Hamilton M. Dang

Biological Sciences

Professor Jefferson Y. Chan

Function Assessment of Nrf1 Isoforms and their Respective Target Genes

Soraya Davia

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Wendy A. Goldberg
Professor Yuqing Guo

How Best to Diagnose Autism? A Comparison of Measures and their Associations with Child Temperament

Samantha L. Denno


Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Motel Children in Southern California: Orange County

Pritha Dewanjee

Biological Sciences

Professor Steven C. Cramer

Transcallosal Communication after Stroke: The Relationship between Structural Integrity and Effective Connectivity between Motor Cortices

Andrew N. Dinh

Biological Sciences

Professor David M. Gardiner

Induction of Hair and Fat in Axolotls using Mouse Skin ECM Grafts

Annie T. Do

Political Science

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Factors that Influence a Student's Performance on the CAHSEE

Helena Do

Biological Sciences

Professor Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont
Professor Shahram Lotfipour

Assessment of Adolescent Alcohol Usage via Computerized Screening

Timothy D. Do

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Geoffrey W. Abbott

The Role of DABCO Derivatives in Blocking Voltage-Gated Potassium Channels

Khanh Kathy N. Dong

Sociology/ Political Science

Professor Samuel Gilmore
Professor Thuy Vo Dang

Vietnamese American Youth: Mobilization and Community Activism

Michael J. Doty

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Zoran Nenadic

Fabrication of Tetrodes for Use in Action Potential Measurement

Mary C. Duenas

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Describing the Successes of Undergraduates: A Scale Identifying their Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Educational Successes

Haley C. Dunn

Biological Sciences

Professor Frank M. LaFerla

Impact of Aspirin-Triggered Lipoxin A4 on Alzheimer Disease

Cindy Duong

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Frances Leslie

Role of 5-HT1A Receptors during Adolescent Nicotine and Fluoxetine Exposure

Maritza Y. Duran

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Criminology,Law and Society

Professor Ana E. Rosas

Family Dynamics and their Impact on the Childhood of Mexican American Child Agricultural Laborers in the San Joaquin Valley of California, 1940-1960

Jessica Durney

Political Science

Professor Robert Uriu

Triggers for Nuclear Armament: Japan?s Contributions to Understanding Nations Seeking Security

Abdo Durra

Biological Sciences

Professor Steven Gross

Role of Lipid Droplets in Mammalian Cells

Michelle England

Biological Sciences

Professor Fillmore Freeman

Computational Quantum Chemistry Study of Tautomerism in (3S)- and (4S)-1-Aza-2-Cyclobutanone Selenenic Acids and Their Self-Condensation Reactions

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

Yen Chi Fang

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

High-Pressure Pneumatic Router

Jacob A. Fenster

Chemical Engineering

Professor Allon I. Hochbaum

Exploring the Metabolic Pathways of the Anaerobic Geobacter Bacteria

Nicholas D. Flohn

Electrical Engineering

Professor Steven George

Pacing System for Cardiomyocytes