Fall 2016 Grant Recipients - (A-F)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Noor M. Abdo

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor David Z. Luo

A New Method to Characterize Projection Neurons in the Superficial Spinal Dorsal Horn

Muhammad H. Abdurrohman

Biological Sciences

Professor Donovan P. German

Relatedness and Differential Disease Expression in Abalone (Genus Haliotis)

Sina Abedi

Biological Sciences

Professor Maria C. Kenney

Understanding the Effects of Anti-Cancer Drugs on Cybrid Cells with Varying Mitochondrial Haplogroups

Alicia Aguayo

Social Policy and Public Service

Professor Caesar D.. Sereseres

San Bernardino: Westside/Mt.Vernon

Ruqayya Ahmad

International Studies

Professor Caesar Sereseres

The Morality of Immigration: A Discourse Analysis on Immigration and its Effects in the United States

Rachel Ahrens


Professor Edwin Amenta

Movements in the Media: Paths to Substantive Coverage for Civil Rights Organizations

Hira Aladroos

Biological Sciences

Professor Allen Kong

Impact of Alcohol Consumption on Susceptibility to Infections

Manuel Alvarado

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor William H. Batchelder

Using Cultural Consensus Theory to Study Morality Beliefs of UCI Undergraduate Students

Neda Arab


Professor Judith Treas

Special Call (Women): Swedish versus American Welfare System Effects on Single Mothers: A Comparative Method

Jasmin Arabit

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Effects of Rhodiola rosea on a Drosophila melanogaster Model of Huntington’s Disease

Madison F. Avila


Professor Frank Bean

Contexts of Reactive Ethnicity and Mexican American Racial Identification: A Comparative Study

Jennifer A. Ayala

Sociology/ International Studies

Professor Rachel Goldberg

High Unemployment Rates among South African Youth

Ali A. Azimi

Cognitive Sciences

Professor Sean B. Ostlund

Investigating the Effects of Localized Inhibition of Dopamine Transmission during the Expression of Motivated Behavior

Cindy Bach

Biological Sciences

Professor Yongsheng Shi

Define the Relationship between mRNA Polyadenylation Site Sequences and Activities

Yu Bai

Biological Sciences

Professor Shahrdad Lotfipour

Assessment of Adolescent Pre-Exposure to Nicotine on Cocaine Reward in Mice

Soha Bayginejad

Anthropology/ Biological Sciences

Professor Angela Jenks

Social Production of Pre-Medical Students

Christine A. Bayon


Professor Wendy Goldberg

Special Call (Women): Decision-Making; Factors that Influence Male and Female Attitudes towards Early Childhood Care

Danny Be

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Frances Leslie

Regional Neuronal Activity after Concurrent Nicotine and Ethanol Exposure in Adolescent and Adult Rats

Joseph L. Beauregard

Political Science/ Sociology

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

The Problems of Attribution, Retaliation, and Escalation in Cyberdeterrence

Arsany R. Bechay

Biological Sciences

Professor Susana Cohen-Cory

The Effect of DSCAM Overexpression on Xenopus’ Audiovisual System

Ariana G . Bedolla

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Political Science

Professor Ana E. Rosas

Special Call (Women): Exceptional and Civically Engaged: Mexican American Women Lawyers, MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund), and the Pursuit of the Mexican American Vote, 1960-Present

Daniel P. Beidokhti

Biological Sciences

Professor Sabee Molloi

Quantification of Tissue Composition using Low-Dose Spectral Breast CT

Aaron Bell

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor John Dombrink

Homeless Veterans: Prior Military Service Factors

Lesly I. Benitez

Biological Sciences

Professor Christopher Hughes
Professor Juliet E. Wolford

Examining the Effect of Carbo-Taxol and Pazopanib on SKOVIP3 Ovarian Cancer Cell Line Established and Grown in a Vascularized Micro-Tumor Platform

Caleb A. Bhatnagar

Biological Sciences

Professor Virginia Kimonis

Pompe Disease Exercise Study

Arvind Bhattacharya


Professor Aaron P. Esser-Kahn

Investigating Leaving Group Effects towards a Covalently Binding Toll-Like Receptor Agonist

Nicole C. Block

Art History/ Literary Journalism

Professor Cecile Whiting

Analyzing American Abstraction through Sam Francis’s Grid Paintings

Agyeman K. Bonsu

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Mojgan Sami

Special Call (Peace): Reimaging “Sedentary Behavior” in Active Living and Leisure Studies

Eunice Briet

Public Health Policy

Professor Miryha Runnerstrom

Analyzing the Impact of Internships on Mental Health

Jean-Louis Bru

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/ French

Professor Dana W. Aswad

Effect of Protein L-Isoaspartyl Methytransferase Mutations on CNS Dysfunction

Kimberly Buck


Professor Christopher Vanderwal

Methodological Development of β,γ-Unsaturated Esters Synthesis from Allylic Alcohols

Lena Cai

Biological Sciences

Professor David B. Vargas

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

Tim Cai


Professor Sergey Nizkorodov

Degradation of Atmospheric Organic Aerosols under UV Illumination

Junming Cai

Materials Science Engineering/ Biomedical Engineering

Professor Albert F. Yee

Quantitative Assessments of Cell Adhesion Strength on Nanoline-Patterned PMMA Surfaces

Belen M. Cairo

Earth System Science/ Urban Studies

Professor Katherine RM. Mackey

Is Coastal California Prochlorococcus Endemic or a Foreign Invasion?

Mariam Carr

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Nora Davis
Professor Azim Shariff

Exploring Religion and the Environment: How do you Outsource Responsibility for Climate Change?

Caitlyn Catabay

Biological Sciences

Professor Donovan German

Processed versus Unprocessed Carbohydrates and its Life-Long Effect

Brenda D. Cervantes

Sociology/ Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Andrew Penner

Making Sense of Policy: California Teachers' Understandings and Implementations of Course Assignment Policies

Jenny R. Cevallos

Biological Sciences

Professor Stephen V. Mahler

Effects of (R)-Methanandamide in the Nucleus Accumbens Core on Palatable Food Intake and Other Behaviors

Minji Chai

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Melissa Karnaze
Professor Linda J. Levine
Professor Ilona S. Yim

Special Call (Peace): Emotion Regulation and Cortisol Reactivity among College Students from Different Cultural Backgrounds

Henry Chang

Human Biology

Professor Anne Calof

The Vsx2-/-;Gdf11-/- Model of Retinal Dystrophy: If Stem Cells are not Responsible for Restoring Retinal Morphogenesis, then what is?

Andrew T. Chang

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

Developing Phytochromes that are Differentially Activated by High/Low Pulse Durations

Yvonne M. Chau

Chemical Engineering

Professor Szu-Wen Wang

Using Elastin-Like Polypeptides for E2 Nanoparticle Purification

Brandon Chau


Professor Susan K. Brown

The Great Recession: Its Effects on the Living Arrangements of Americans

Ming Chen

Chemical Engineering

Professor Szu-Wen Wang

Activating Bacillus Stearothermophilus Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH) in the Absence of Fructose-1, 6-Bisphosphate (FBP) for Targeting Cancer

Ling Chen

Education Sciences/ Social Policy and Public Service

Professor Susanne Jaeggi

A Mixed Study: Code-Switching of English-Mandarin Bilingual Speakers

Jade A. Cole


Professor Loretta Livingston

The Effects of Literature on the Choreographic Process

Alyssa H. Columbus


Professor Hannah L. Park
Professor Argyrios Ziogas

Comparison of Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Models for a Multiethnic Patient Population

Joshua H. Cook

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/ Chemistry

Professor Melissa B. Lodoen

Disruption to Talin Activity in T. gondii-Infected Monocytes

Dania V. Corrales

Biological Sciences

Professor Aimee L. Edinger

Understanding the Role of Rictor and Rac1 in Sphingolipid-Induced Nutrient Transporter Downregulation and Lysosomal-Fusion Inhibition

Jenette Creso

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy Da Silva

Use of a Plasmid Library to Create an Array of Knockouts using CRISPR/Cas9 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to Increase 6-MSA Production

Julianna S. Cressman


Professor Jeanne Scheper

Naming Whiteness in American Dance Practice, Performance and Higher Education

Carl P. Cubero


Professor Jennifer Fisher

K is for Kapamilya

Chrisitna T. Dang

Biological Sciences

Professor Maksim Plikus

IFE Incompetence Prevents Hair Follicle Regeneration in Excisional Wounds in Adult Rats

Quang-Minh Dang

Biological Sciences

Professor Albert Siryaporn

Understanding Cryptochrome

Boonyarit Daraphant

International Studies

Professor Laura E. Enriquez
Professor Judy Wu

My Undocumented Community

Emily A. Davis

Dance/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Diane Diefenderfer

Special Call (Peace): A Creative Exploration of Growth through Adversity

Elita R. Delbruck

Cognitive Sciences

Professor Emily Grossman

Differences in the Functional Connectivity of Social Cognitive Networks in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Brains

Brian Dertli

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Sabee Molloi

Quantification of Regional Cerebral Tissue at Risk using Computed Tomography Angiography

Sara Diab

Public Health Sciences

Professor Allon Hochbaum

Ge-S Ligand Exchange

Lucile M. Dillon


Professor Jennifer Fisher

Special Call (Women): Senior Dance Thesis

Nguyen B. Dinh


Professor Olga V. Razorenova

Rescuing the Synthetic Lethal Effect of Fluvastatin on Renal Cell Carcinoma

Madison Dixson


Professor Angela Jenks

Emotional Support Animals: An Ethnographic Visual Analysis of this Human-Animal Relational Category

Derek R. DuBois


Professor James S. Nowick

Study on X-Ray Crystallographic Structures of Teixobactin Analogues

Letitia M. Edwards

Biological Sciences

Professor Kimberley Lakes

Special Call (Peace): Tilly’s Life Center: Evaluation of Program Impact

Amal El Ali

Biological Sciences

Professor Rachel Martin

Bioinformatics Study and Protein Analysis of Drosera capensis

Yoseline Escalante-Buendia

Public Health Sciences

Professor Aaron Esser-Kahn

Creating the Ideal Vaccine Formulation: Attenuating Inflammation while Maintaining the Adaptive Response

Emily A. Eshraghian

Public Health Sciences

Professor Frances Leslie

The Role of α3β4 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Cessation of Tobacco Use

Adam J. Fagan

Earth System Science

Professor Adam Martiny

ENSO’s Temporal Variability on the Elemental Composition of Particulate Organic Matter along the Southern California Coast

Melody J. Fang

Biological Sciences

Professor Andrea J. Tenner

Dendritic Spines in Alzheimer’s disease Mouse Model: Effect of Deleting Proinflammatory Receptor, C5aR

Nida Fatima


Professor Edwin Monuki

Evaluation of tdTomato Reporter of Choroid Plexus Epithelial Cells during Embryonic Development

Irma B. Fernandez

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Jered Haun

Refining the Bioorthogonal Cycloaddition Between Tetrazine and Trans-Cyclooctene on the Surface of Antibodies

Ariana V. Figueroa


Professor Aaron P. Esser-Kahn

Mechanistic Studies of STING Agonists for the Development of Better Cancer Vaccines

Jennifer Y. Fong

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Andrej Luptak

Understanding the Activities of F-prau-1 and F-prau-2 HDV-Like Ribozyme in the Presence of Glucosamine-6-Phosphate and the Implications in Gene Expression

Lela Fossett

Biological Sciences

Professor Brian Wong

Measuring Cartilage Biomechanical Properties through Indentation Testing

Chelsea L. Freeman

Dance/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Loretta Livingston

Abigail: A BFA Senior Thesis Concert

Jaime Frias


Professor James Nowick

Crystallographic Studies of Familial Mutations in β-Amyloid (Aβ) Peptides