Fall 2015 Grant Recipients - (A-F)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Sina Abedi

Biological Sciences

Professor Maria Cristina Kenney

Analyzing D, L, A, and B Mitochondrial Haplogroups in Cybrid Cells Treated with Cisplatin

Lida Aghazadah

Biological Sciences

Professor Christine Gall
Professor Christine M. Gall

Cognitive Effects of Chronic Intranasal Oxytocin Treatment on Fmr-1 Knockout Mice during Development

Leslie Aguayo

Urban Studies/ Anthropology

Professor Doug Houston

Community Development Initiative through Micro-Farming and Aquaponics Agriculture in the City of Santa Ana

Arianna M. Aguero

Political Science/ International Studies

Professor Caesar Sereseres

When the Judicial System Fails to Democracy: The Example of the Judicial Branch in Venezuela under the Administration of Nicolas Maduro

Tasnim Ahmed

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William Tang

Cell Culture on Electrospun Nanofibers

Timothy S. Ahn

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jacqueline Chen

Cultural Differences in Orientations to Well-Being: What Makes us Happy?

Shreya Akkenapally

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Brian J. Cummings
Professor Magdalene Seiler

Analysis of Vision Restoration by hESC-Derived Retinal Progenitor Sheet Transplants

Nujhat Ali

Biological Sciences

Professor Sergey Nizkorodov

Effect of Transition Metals on Absorption Coefficients of Organic Aerosols

Nujhat N. Ali

Biological Sciences

Professor Hartmut Luecke

Probing the Interaction between two H. pylori Proteins Essential for Acid Resistance

Jacqueline Angsono


Professor Shane Ardo

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

Karim Arabi

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Steven Gross

Antibacterial Response of Lipid Droplets Sequestered with Histones in Mammalian Cells

Charmaine Archer

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Geoff Ward

Special Call: Limitations on Employment Discrimination Law’s Ability to Address Discrimination against Black Women Officers

Sara G. Arellano

Political Science

Professor Louis DeSipio

The Voting Rights Act & Shelby v. Holder (2013): Exploring the Impact on Latino Representation in Pasadena, Texas

Aliza Asad

International Studies/ Public Health Policy

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Syrian Refugee Healthcare Response in Turkey: Current Response and Future Policy Amendments

Andrew T. Ayad

Biological Sciences

Professor Jonathan R. Lakey

Analyzing Particulate Oxygen-Generating Substances through Alginate Microcapsules to Constrict Irreversible Hypoxic Disturbance in Islets during in vitro Culture

Antonia A. Bacigalupa Albaum

International Studies

Professor Caesar Sereseres

The Current Status of the Malvinas/Falkland Islands Conflict and Barriers to Peace

Shaudee A. Badie

Public Health Sciences

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Oral Cancer Screening: A Public Health Outreach to Local Free Clinics

Jasmine Baik

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Geoffrey Abbott

The Relationship between Kcne2 Gene and Type 2 Diabetes

Korbin S. Bandy

Political Science

Professor Carole J. Uhlaner

Political Participation: Effects of the Anti-Asian Regime on Modern Participation

Julia Barbour

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Action of Rhodiola rosea on Inflammation in Drosophila melanogaster

Dan K. Barsever

Electrical Engineering

Professor Mike D'Zmura

Real-Time Local-Positioning System

Daisy Bautista


Professor Ana E. Rosas

The Rigors and Opportunities of Tourist Travel: The Marketing of Mexico among Ethnic Mexican Tourist Travelers in the United States

Monica Becerra

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Assessing Cultural Competency among University College Students: A Quantitative Study

Irene C. Beltran

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot E. Hui

Alternative Manufacture of Pneumatic Digital Microfluidics with Additive Microfabrication

Bernard Brandon V. Beronio


Professor Keith Murphy
Professor Sheila G. O'Rourke

Special Call: Perspectives on Sleight-of-Hand Magic among People of Different Genders, Ethnicities, and Socio-Economic Classes in Orange and Los Angeles Counties

Arvind Bhattacharya


Professor Aaron Esser-Kahn

Development of Chromatically Orthogonal Coumarin Based Photocages to Control Activation of Toll-Like Receptors

Megan N. Bowen

Dance-Choreography/ Dance-Performance

Professor Sheron Wray

Senior Dance Thesis Concert

Dominic Brack

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Larry Jamner

Individual Differences in Defensive Freezing in Response to Social and Non-Social Stressors

Elijah P. Bueno

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Nicholas Scurich

Lower Socioeconomic Communities and the Police: Fatalities in Lower SES Communities

Julian A. Bugarin

Political Science

Professor Louis DeSipio

The Labor System within the UC's

Ngoc Hoang M. Bui


Professor Charles E. Wright

Information Disrupted by Masking

Nemesio Cabral

Sociology/ Social Policy & Public Service

Professor Nina Bandelj
Professor Samuel L . Gilmore

Social Networks and Job Searching Strategies among Children of Immigrants

Nemesio Cabral

Sociology/ Social Policy & Public Service

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

The Impact of Educational Hustling on Latino Male College Student Persistence

Kunheng Cai

Biological Sciences

Professor Donovan German

Relatedness and Disease Resistance in Abalone (Genus Haliotis)

Tim Cai

Chemistry/ Mathematics, Biological Sciences

Professor Sergey Nizkorodov

Monitoring Mass Loss from SOA Material under UV Illumination

Lena Cai

Biological Sciences

Professor David B. Baglietto Vargas

Characterizing an Innovative Transgenic Mouse Model for Sporadic Human Alzheimer’s Disease

Belen M. Cairo

Earth & Environmental Science/ Urban Studies

Professor Katherine Mackey

Is Coastal California Prochlorococcus Endemic or a Foreign Invasion?

Daniel Cano

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Social Policy & Public Service

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Latino Male Undergraduates’ Persistence in Academia: A Pyschosociocultural and Critical Race Theory Approach

Michelle Cano

Biological Sciences

Professor Frances Leslie

Chronic Cigarette Smoke Extract Exposure Effects on Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Expression

Matthew T. Cao

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot E. Hui

Microfabricated Clamp Demonstration of Immobilization and Media Switching for C. elegans

Abelina D. Carbajal

Education Sciences/ Comparative Literature

Professor Mark Warschauer

The Learning Assistants Pilot: The Differential Effects on Underrepresented Students at the University of California, Irvine (UCI)

Monica Cardenas Guzman

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Susan Coutin
Professor Caitlin Patler

Immigrant Family Study

Amy M. Carr


Professor Michael D. Lee

Testing the Less-is-More Effect in General Knowledge and Prediction

Candy Carrillo

Social Ecology

Professor Guiyun Yan

Effects of Mosquito Midgut Microbiota in Preventing Bt/Bs Toxicity UROP Proposal

Juan M. Castaneda

International Studies/ Sociology

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Implications of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA")

Veronica Castillo

Sociology/ Chicano/Latino Studies and Education Sciences

Professor Sabrina Strings

Endangered Males in Academia: A Decrease of Latino and African American Males in Higher Education

Yareli C. Castro

Political Science/ History

Professor Louis DeSipio

Assessment of Campus Climate for Undocumented Students at UC Irvine

Ariana A. Castro

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Raymond W. Novaco

Decreasing Anger through Expressive Writing

Caitlyn L. Catabay

Biological Sciences

Professor Donovan German

The Resource Acquisition Strategies of Seagrass-Eating Bonnethead Sharks

Brenda D. Cervantes

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Sociology

Professor Ana Rosas

Political Views across First- and Second-Generation Latinos

Isabel Chadwick


Professor Samuel Glimore
Professor David Snow

Anonymity and Anarchy: The Online and IRL Culture of Anonymous

Henry Chang

Biological Sciences

Professor Anne Calof

Can Stem Cells be Rescued in Developmental Retinal Dystrophies?

Jeremy N. Chang

Asian American Studies

Professor Al Valdez

Culture’s Relationship to Decision Making

Colleen Chau

Biological Sciences

Professor Medha M. Pathak
Professor Francesco Tombola

Determining the Expression Patterns of Piezo1 during Neural Development

Vanessa Chavez

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Doug Houston

Impacts of Diversion Programs

Jessica Cheung

Biological Sciences

Professor Ken Cho

Monitoring Transcriptional Dynamics of RNA Polymerase II in Xenopus tropicalis Early Development

Tiffany Chien

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

3D Optical Control of Cell Differentiation using 2 Photon Optogenetics

Kylie M. Ching

Art History/ English

Professor Cecile Whiting
Professor Bert Winther-Tamaki

Fluxus and Shigeko Kubota

Hojae Choi

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor An H. Do
Professor Zoran Nenadic

Refining Functional Electrical Stimulation with EMG

Cheri Chomchuensawat

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Brian J. Wong

Electromechanical Reshaping on Pig Cartilage

Masani Coley

Biological Sciences

Professor Ken Cho

Special Call: Otx1 in Xenopus tropicalis Endoderm Formation

Joshua H. Cook

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Melissa Lodoen

The Mechanism of Focal Adhesion Kinase Dysregulation Induced by Toxoplasma gondii Infection

Jenette G. Creso

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy Da Silva

Integrating Multiple Copies of DGA1 and TGL3 into an Engineered Strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae using CRISPR/Cas9 to Optimize Fatty Acid Production

Julianna S. Cressman


Professor Sheron Wray

The Transformation Suite: A Concert and Dance Exchange for Social Justice

Freddy G. Cruz


Professor Samuel L. Gilmore
Professor David S. Meyer

Assessing the Prioritization of Issues within the Occupy Movement

Nathan O. Cruz

Biological Sciences

Professor Susana Cohen-Cory

Axonal Regeneration Mediated by Fatty Acids

Brenda E. Cuevas

Political Science/ Spanish

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Breaking Down Monopolies: Reforming Mexico’s Petroleum Industry

Nicholas Dadeh

Business Economics

Professor Jonathan Lakey

Subcutaneous Islet Transplant Sites

Rishad J. Dalal


Professor Kenneth J. Shea

Synthetic Affinity Polymer Synthesis and Affinity for IgG

Sandy B. De Leon

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Latino Male Undergraduates, the Relationship with their Mothers and Academic Persistence

Stephanie A. De Los Santos


Professor Belinda Campos

The Association of Socioeconomic Status with Prototypic Traits in Friends

Desiree A. De Pace

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Wendy Goldberg

Special Call: Experiences of UCI Student Parents

Josh Dela Luna

Biological Sciences

Professor Craig Stark

Influence of Physically Active Lifestyle on Hippocampal Structure in Mild Cognitive Impairment

Jerrold R. Deshong

Biological Sciences

Professor Angela C. Jenks

Cultural Cultivation in Medical Education

Jazmin M. Diaz


Professor Haiou Yang

An Investigation of the Association between Caregiver Burden and Depression

Shubham Dixit

Biological Sciences

Professor Stephanie C. Tjen-A-Looi

Paraventricular Nucleus in Electroacupuncture’s Inhibition of Gallbladder Pressor Reflex Response

Tiffany Do

Biological Sciences

Professor Ron Frostig
Professor Brett Johnson

Analysis of Horizontal Fiber Projections in the Hind Limb Region

Carolina Dominguez-Burciaga

Social Science/ Social Policy & Public Service

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Examining the Readiness of a Campus Culture Transitioning to HSI Status

Dishant Donga

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Yama Akbari

Assessing Neural Dynamics of Delta Wave in EEG during Rodent Cardiac Arrest

Melanie Driessen

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Margaret Schneider

Athletic Identity and Affective Responses to Physical Activity

Kaosoluchi N. Egwuekwe

Biological Sciences

Professor Rachel Martin

Discovery of New Proteins from the Carnivorous Plant Drosera capensis

Heather L. Elias

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Elizabeth Cauffman

Impact of Extracurricular Activities on Probation Violation in Juvenile First­Time Offenders

Emmaline T. Esper

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Raymond W. Novaco

Narcissism, Anger, and Aggression Disposition

Joseph Fakhoury

Chemistry/ Biological Sciences

Professor Rachel Martin

Characterization of Human ɣ-s-Crystallin Variants and Uncovering their Aggregation Propensity

Nida Fatima


Professor Edwin Monuki

Engrafting CPECs into the Choroid Plexus

Jacob A. Fenster

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy A. Da Silva

Promoter Tuning of Overexpressed Efflux Pumps and Overproduction of Ethyl Esters in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to Reduce Medium Chain Fatty Acid Toxicity

Stephanie Fernandez

Sociology/ Education

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Racial Ethnic Minority Students' Graduate Aspirations

Anysa Z. Fernandez

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered Haun

Recombinant Single Chain Antibodies: Exploring Binding Properties via Yeast SurfaceDisplay and Directed Evolution

Brendan T. Finicle

Developmental & Cell Biology

Professor Aimee L. Edinger

The Role of Rictor and RhoA in the Coupling of Actin Reorganization to PP2A-Dependent Endocytosis of Nutrient Transporter Proteins

Leo Fissel


Professor George Tita

Challenging Gun Ownership Behavior

Lela W. Fossett

Biological Sciences

Professor Brian Wong

Electromechanical Reshaping of the Skin

Veronica Franco

Sociology/ Education

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Latina/o College Students’ Persistence: The Development and Validation of an Emic Scale