Fall 2014 Grant Recipients - (A-F)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Sahira Abboodi

Political Science

Professor Daniel Brunstetter

The Geopolitical Future of Iraq and Secularism in Iraq

Dina Abdo

Biological Sciences

Professor Donald Blake

Using Breath Analysis to Identify Aspergillosis in Exhaled Breath of Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Melinea D. Abramyan


Professor Angela Lukowski

Infants' Evaluations of Hierarchical Social Interactions

Arianna M. Aguero

Political Science

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

The Chavez Legacy: The Venezuelan Revolution, and the Survival of Bolivarianism, Socialism of the Twenty-First Century and ALBA in Post-Chavez Latin America

Tasnim M. Ahmed

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

Microfluidic Platforms for Enrichment and Capture of Circulating Tumor Cells

Itohan Aikhionbare

Biological Sciences

Professor Manny Azizi

The Effects of Fiber Type on Tendon Recoil Rates

Amni Al-Kachak

Biological Sciences

Professor Marcelo A. Wood

The Role of HDAC3 in the Acquisition of Cocaine-Cue Memory

Nujhat N. Ali

Biological Sciences

Professor Hartmut Luecke

Probing the Interaction Between Two H. pylori Proteins Essential for Acid Resistance

Yara Altaher

Public Health Sciences

Professor Miryha Runnerstrom

Examining Psychological Restoration Practices among College Students

Natalie Ambriz


Professor William J. . Evans

Synthesis of Organometallic Rare Earth and Alkaline Earth Complexes

Lydia Ameri

Mechanical Engineering/ Materials Science Engineering

Professor Lawrence Kulinsky
Professor William C. Tang

CD Microfluidic Device for Cancer Stem Cell Isolation and Capture from Non-Tumorigenic Cancer Cells

Neiki Amiri-Razavian

Biological Sciences

Professor Jennifer Martiny

Coevolution of Synechococcus and Cyanophages

Christabel Andrade

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Film and Media Studies

Professor Ana E. Rosas

Gentrification: The Coercion of Latinos in Contemporary Los Angeles

Jacqueline Angsono


Professor Shane Ardo
Professor Hsiang-Yun Chen

Self-Exchange Electron Transfer between Molecules Anchored to Mesoporous Thin Films: Effect of the Chemical Structure of the Dye and Supporting Electrolyte

Janna Arabikatbi

Public Health Policy

Professor Miryha Runnerstrom

Assessing the Impact of Disease Risk Knowledge on Behavior in College Students

Maryam Arshad

Sociology/ Political Science

Professor Stanley Bailey

Is Lighter Better? Skin Color and the Pakistani-American Community

Naomi Atkin


Professor Yi-Hong Zhou

Analyzing the Genetic Causes of the Differentiation of Cell Types in Glioma Tumors

Cheryl Au

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Film and Media Studies

Professor Peter Ditto

Ideological Happiness Gap

Brenda J. Avalos


Professor Brandon J. Brown

Latina College Students' Perspectives on HIV/AIDS and their Associated Preventative Behaviors

Ricardo Avelar


Professor Christopher Drover

Weir Canyon Petroglyphs: An Enigma among Native American Rock Art Styles

Andrew T. Ayad

Biological Sciences

Professor Jonathan Lakey

Stem Cell Transplantation as a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes: Proof of Principle Study in a Diabetic Mouse Model

Matine Azadian

Biological Sciences/ Medical Anthropology

Professor Yama Akbari

Effect of Blood Glucose and Blood Pressure on Neurological Outcome after Cardiac Arrest

Furzan Azam


Professor Jered Haun

Synthesis of Silica-Coated Quantum Dots to Increase Adhesion of Targeting Cells

Thrissia M. Azevedo

Public Health Sciences

Professor Brandon J. Brown
Professor Miryha G. Runnerstrom

Assessing the Impact of Global News Sources on the Level of Awareness, Attitudes and Beliefs of Ebola at the University of California, Irvine

Julia C. Barbour

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

Reproductive Impacts of Green Tea Polyphenols on Male Drosophila melanogaster

Eden V. Barragan

Biological Sciences

Professor Diane K. O'Dowd

Effects of Anticonvulsants and Monoamines on Temperature Sensitive Seizures in Mutant Drosophila

Neda Bazofti

International Studies/ Business Economics

Professor Caesar Sereseres

The Implications of Catalan Succession

Monica Becerra

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Special Call: African American and Latina Graduate Students: Mentorship, Persistence, and Well-Being

Nilofar A. Becker

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Elizabeth F. Loftus

Motivation and False Autobiographical Memory

Karishma J . Bhakta

Psychology & Social Behavior/ N/A

Professor Elizabeth F. Loftus

A Study of Memory and Personality

Shweta Bhatnagar

Biomedical Engineering

Professor James Earthman

Resin-Based and Glass Ionomer Sealants to Prevent Cracks in Teeth

Ema Bidiwala


Professor Charles T. Wright

Perceiving Average of Hues

Patrick D. Brennock

Biological Sciences

Professor Anthony A. James

Expression Profile and Functional Characterization of 16 Mod(mdg4) Transcripts in Anopheles stephensi, a Malaria Vector

Janesssa M. Brown

Public Health Policy

Professor Zuzana Bic

Better Nutrition For a Healthy GPA: Analyzing the Nutrition Related Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Undergraduate University Students and its Relationship to GPA

Braden Buckel

Political Science

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Resources, Corruption and Conflict in Nigeria, Sudan and Angola: The Resource Curse in Africa

Phoebe P-B. Bui

Biological Sciences

Professor Aileen J. Anderson

Effect of Complement Components C1q and C3a on mNSC

Ashley D. Burnett


Professor Amy Wilentz

Special Call: The Transformation of the American Female Bildungsroman during the 20th Century

Daniel Cano

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Social Policy & Public Service

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Men of Color: Latino and African-American Males’ Persistence in Academia

LaShonda R. Carter

English/ African American Studies

Professor Carol Burke
Professor Larisa Castillo

Humanities Core Genre Assessment

Julio A. Castillo

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Belinda Campos

Characteristics of a Romantic Partner and Friend in Three Cultural Groups

Veronica Castillo

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Education Sciences and Sociology

Professor Ana E. Rosas

Special Call: Latina Students Thrive to Obtain a Bachelor’s Degree while Balancing a Busy Lifestyle

Carla E. Castro

Biological Sciences

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

The Effect of Over-the-Counter Preventative Toothpastes on their Efficiency in Biofilm Removal via Innovative Imaging Approaches

Claudia C. Cetrola

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

Cardiomyocyte Contractile Detection with Fabricated Microplatforms

Shannon Chang


Professor Samuel Gilmore
Professor Linda Vo

Special Call: Asian American Women in Leadership

Jinal B. Chaudhari

Biological Sciences

Professor Sha Sun

Expression Levels of Cancer Associated Long Non-Coding RNAs during Differentiation of Male and Female Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells

Andrew Chavarin

Biomedical Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering

Professor Arash Kheradvar

Three-Dimensional Analysis of a Novel Percutaneous Aortic Valve using Finite Element Method

Austin Chen

African-American Studies/ Film and Media Studies

Professor Jared c. Sexton
Professor Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

Special Call: Tracing the Shadow of Slavery in Post-Colonial Thought: A Critical Reading of Homi Bhabha and Fanon

Frances BF. Chen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Olivier Civelli

Methionine Induced Animal Model of Schizophrenia

Hui Ling Cheong

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Celia W. Goulding

Structural Studies of the Complex of Two Extracellular Domains, E1 and E2, from the Essential Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Protein MmpL3

Lynze C. Cheung

Environmental Engineering/ Earth System Science

Professor Sunny Jiang

Investigation of Marine Bacterial Resistance to Chlorine during Desalination Pretreatment

Tiffany Chien

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

Optical Control of Muscle Differentiation using the Optogenetic-Cryptochrome/CRE System

Anastasia S. Chin

Asian American Studies

Professor Braxton Soderman

A Ludonarrative Approach: Cognitive Estrangement as a Game Mechanic

Hei L. Chio

Criminology, Law & Society/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor John Dombrink

Factors Influencing Police Enforcement Discrepancies

HyunJin Cho

Aerospace Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering

Professor Yun Wang

Thermoelectric Research

An Na Choi

International Studies/ Political Science

Professor Caesar Sereseres

The Destabilizing Force behind Obama’s Pivot to East Asia

Adrien L. Chorn

Political Science/ International Studies

Professor Dorothy J. Solinger

“Red China’s” Cold War Foreign Policy: Delving into Early Sino-Cambodia Relations

Sherman Chu

Biological Sciences

Professor Jonathan RT. Lakey

Evaluation of Laminin Expression and Basement Membrane Integrity in Isolated Human and Porcine Islets

Joshua H. Cook

Biological Sciences

Professor Melissa Lodoen

Understanding Focal Adhesion Kinase Dysregulation in Human Monocytes Infected with Toxoplasma gondii

Jason Q. Core

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Anna Grosberg

Quantitative Analysis of Nuclei Imperfection in Cardiac Cells

Cierra C. Crowley

Dance-Choreography/ Dance-Performance

Professor Loretta Livingston

Universal Associations Reflected through Movement

Jorge A. Cruz


Professor Samuel Gilmore
Professor David S. Meyer

Tracking U.S. Social Public Policy Change on Marriage Equality: The State, Religious Affiliations and the Corporation

Melissa Mae C. Cruz


Professor Meeta Banerjee
Professor Jacquelynne Eccles
Professor Samuel Gilmore

The Influence of Racial/Ethnic Discrimination and Racial/Ethnic Socialization on the Academic Outcomes of African American Youth

Rishad J. Dalal


Professor Kenneth J. Shea

Synthesis of Nanoparticle Polymer and Testing Affinity with IgG

Jasmin Dalili

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Salvatore Y. Maddi

Hardiness and Social Conformity

Darby Darling

Film & Media Studies/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Fatimah Tobing Rony

Special Call: Riot Grrrl in Los Angeles

Soraya Davia

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Wendy Goldberg
Professor Angela Lukowski

Does Music Enhance Cognition in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Allura A. Davis


Professor Douglas M. Haynes

Factors Contributing to the Persistence of African American Students in Higher Education

Dillon Dejam

Biological Sciences

Professor Thomas Poulos

Pterin Cofactor as a Target for Therapeutic Intervention in Bacterial Nitric Oxide Synthase

Armand Demirchyan

Quantitative Economics

Professor Tiffany J. Willoughby-Herard

The Power of Homeownership and its Impact on the Racial Wealth Gap

Julia DePaoli


Professor Kelli Sharp

Assessment of the Effects of Feedback on Dancers

Prutha S. Deshpande


Professor Kimberly A. Jameson
Professor Louis E. Narens

A Bilingual Language Replication of the World Color Survey

Timothy D. Do

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Geoffrey W. Abbott

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

Katherine Q. Do

Biological Sciences

Professor Brian Wong

Evaluating the Use of Structure-from-Motion in the 3D Reconstruction of the Human Airway

Vincent T. Doan

Public Health Policy

Professor Veronica Vieira

Special Call: Level of Acceptance among Vietnamese-American Women on Various Education and Counseling Approaches

Phi Dominh

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered Haun

Recombinant Single-Chain Antibody: Improving Binding Properties using Yeast Surface Display and Directed Evolution

Pauline PN. Dong

History/ Education Sciences

Professor Dorothy Fujita-Rony

Giải Khuyến Học (GKH) in Orange County: Cultural Transmission through Vietnamese Language Education

Huong T. Duong

Public Health Policy

Professor Brandon J. Brown

Comparing Communication Preferences during Stressful Situations and Health Status among Undergraduate Students at UC Irvine

Maritza Y . Duran

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Sociology

Professor Ana E. Rosas

Reclaiming Identities: Agricultural Laborers Depicting their Experiences through Photography

Stephen Ea

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Andrej Luptak

In vitro Selection for Aptamer RNA on Target Ligand D-Mannose Using Human Genomic Pool

Christian W. Eddington

Computer Engineering

Professor Mohammad A. Al Faruque

The Application of the Model-Based Design Methodology and Soft Programmable Logic Controllers in Precision Irrigation Systems

Joshua M. Edgar


Professor Gregory A. Weiss

Structural and Functional Characterization of a Full-Length Variant of Human Caveolin-1

Nazgol Emami

Public Health Policy

Professor Terry Schmidt

Public's Understanding of the Physician Assistant (PA) Profession and its' Roles in Today's Health Care

Cindy M. Escobar

Biological Sciences

Professor Jorge A. Busciglio
Professor Pinar Coskun

Non-Genome Integrating Viral Vectors to Induce Fibroblasts into a Pluripotent Stem Cell-Like State

Agueda Espinoza

Public Health Sciences/ Anthropology

Professor Annie Ro

Determining the Effects of Discrimination and Cultural Beliefs on Health Care Usage by the Latino Population in the U.S.

Nancy G. Estrada


Professor Shane Ardo

Scanning-Probe Analysis of Corrosion Inhibition using Graphene

Thalia Fabian

Biological Sciences/ Minor, Chicano Latino Studies

Professor Glenda M. Flores

Special Call: Latino Medical Doctors: The Effects of Gender and Racial Inequalities in their Education and Professional Careers

Lia S. Fakhouri


Professor Jane Page
Professor Jane Page

The Door - An Insight into Hate Crimes towards LGBTQ

Nasim Faryabi

Biological Sciences

Professor Donovan German

Genetic Basis of Fish Adaptation to Varying Dietary Quality

Erick N. Felix


Professor Jeanett Castellanos

The Role of Familismo on Academic Achievement and Coping

Sean S. Feng


Professor Chris D. Vanderwal

Synthesis of Clionastatins A and Investigation of Dichlorination Diastereoselectivity

David Feng

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Craig Murray

Study of Iodite and Criegee Intermediates using Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy

Jacob A. Fenster

Chemical Engineering

Professor Allon I. Hochbaum

Constructing Mixed Species Biofilms of Geobacter Metallireducens and Geobacter Sulfurreducens

Anysa Z. Fernandez

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered Haun

Production of Recombinant Nanoparticle Targeting Proteins: CHO-K1 Cell System

Jessica Figueroa

Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Ana Rosas

Restorative Justice Program at Anaheim High School: Examining Matriculation into the University of California

Brendan T. Finicle

Developmental & Cell Biology

Professor Aimee Edinger

Understanding the Role of Arf6 in Sphingolipid-Induced Nutrient Transporter Down-Regulation

Christopher S. Flores


Professor Linda J. Levine
Professor Tonya L. Schuster

Perceived Clinical Effectiveness of Treatments for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: A Qualitative Pilot Study of Clinicians' Views about Empirically-Validated Treatments

Mayra G. Franco

Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Ana E. Rosas

Chicano/a and Latino/a UC Students’ Mental Health between the years 2000-2014: Acknowledging the Effects of Everyday Life