Fall 2016 Grant Recipients - (G-L)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Alexandra Gacuya

Biological Sciences

Professor Andrej Luptak

Identification of a Phenylalanine Structure Switching Aptamer and Development of a PKU Biosensor

Karthik Gajulapalli

Computer Science/ Mathematics

Professor Richert K. Wang

Secure Messaging in Untrusted Environments

Shengyu Gao

Biological Sciences

Professor Weian Zhao

Stiffness-Dependent CAR-T Therapy for Breast Cancer Metastasis

Navid Ghaffari

Biological Sciences

Professor James L. McGaugh

Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory

Sharis Ghazeri

Biological Sciences

Professor Devon A. Lawson

Role of Anti-Apoptosis Bcl2 Family Genes in Brain Metastasis

Wyeth S. Gibson


Professor Jenny Yang

Synthesis and Characterization of Biomimetic Iron-Sulfur Cluster and Investigation of Catalytic Activity towards Carbon Dioxide Reduction

Arashpreet Gill

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Sandra Murray

Understanding Cross-Cultural Competency and Limiting False Positives when Interviewing Victims of Child Abuse

Andrew D. Gong

Exercise Sciences

Professor Michael Demetriou

Significance of Salvage in N-Glycosylation

Yolitzma Gonzalez

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

First Generation High School Graduates and Undergraduates Students' Well-Being: A Psychosociocultural Standpoint

John Gozal

Biological Sciences

Professor William C. Tang

Modulation of Neuronal Activity through the use of Optogenetics and Neural Probes

Karin Grathwohl

Exercise Sciences

Professor Matthew Inlay
Professor Alborz Karimzadeh

Engraftability of Erythro-Myeloid Progenitors that Give Rise to Microglia in the Brain

Aaron M. Greger


Professor Michael Dessen

Digital Effects Station

Tracy C. Guan

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Education Sciences

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Special Call (Women): First Generation Chinese American Female Undergraduates and Well-Being: A Quantitative Study

Emily J. Guerard

Dance/ BFA in Choreography, BFA in Performance

Professor Loretta Livingston

Beyond the Studio: Using Site-Specific Locations to Influence Movement

Jasmin V. Guerrero

Chemical Engineering

Professor Jered B. Haun

Enhancing the Reactivity of Antibody-Conjugated Bioorthogonal Chemistries for Tumor Cell Detection

Burton Gui

Cognitive Sciences

Professor William H. Batchelder

Extracting the Truth from Influenced Eyewitness Memory: Misinformation Effect and Cultural Consensus Theory

Onalli Gunasekara

Aerospace Engineering

Professor Gregory N. Washington

Dynamic Search and Rescue: Autonomous Decision-Making Quadcopter

Aminah Habib

Biological Sciences

Professor Baotran Vo

Special Call (Women): Pregnancy Care Choices: Who Cares for you during Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery?

Andrew Hallak

International Studies

Professor Daniel Brunstetter

Special Call (Peace): Living Archives: The Transformation of Palestinian Identity within the Diaspora

Eden V. Harder

Biological Sciences

Professor Susanne M. Jaeggi

Delay Discounting: A Measure of Risk Propensity or a Test of Working Memory?

Simon J. Harrison

Dance/ Education Sciences

Professor Loretta Livingston

CO7LAB: Collaboration across Art Mediums

Candace H. Hart


Professor James S. Nowick

Detecting Amyloid Oligomer Assemblies in a Chemical Model System

Sara E. Heedy

Chemical Engineering

Professor Albert F. Yee

Fabrication and Characterization of Bio-Composites for Anti-Microbial Surfaces

Jennifer Hernandez

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Larry D. Jamner

Social Context and Smoking Patterns of Exclusive E-cigarette Users and Dual Users

Maricruz Hernandez Cabrera


Professor Ana E. Rosas

Living under the Reef: The Historical Underpinnings and Reactions to Gentrification in Los Angeles, 1960-Present

Michelle Herrera

Biological Sciences

Professor Donovan German

Molecular Underpinnings of Digestive Specialization in Prickleback Fishes (Family Stichaeidae)

Dan Phi. Ho


Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Developing Visual Recognition Capability for Non-Specialist Oral Cancer Screening

Jasmine Hsu

Biological Sciences

Professor Kim Green
Professor Elizabeth Spangenberg

Effect of Microglia on Dendritic Spines in the Presence of ß-Amyloid

Jeff Huang

Business Administration

Professor Stephen Mahler

What are the Effects of Adolescent Cannabinoid Exposure on Brain Activity and Behavior?

Nancy O. Huynh


Professor David Van Vranken

Reaction Predictor: A Machine Learning Software to Predict Chemical Reactivity

Alize R. Irby

Dance/ SocialPolicy and Public Service

Professor Jennifer Fisher

Alize's Senior Thesis

Megumi E. Iwama

Dance/ BFA in Choreography, BFA in Performance

Professor Tong Wang

Liquefied Human Bodies

Aditya Iyengar

Biological Sciences/ Chemistry

Professor Sergay Nizkorodov

Formation and Photochemistry of Viscous Atmospheric Organic Aerosols

Leandra V. Jackson

Public Health Sciences

Professor David Fruman

Understanding mTORC1 Regulation of Antibody Class Switching through the 4E-BP/eIF4E Axis

Leandra V. Jackson

Public Health Sciences

Professor Suellen Hopfer

HPV Knowledge, Attitudes and Barriers among Young Adult Males

Sukayna Jaidi

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor John R. Hipp

Special Call (Peace): “Coming to America”: Exploring the Relationship between Immigration and Crime during the 20th and 21st Centuries

Nathan James

Biological Sciences

Professor Kai Kessenbrock

Confirming Cellular Heterogeneity in Mammary Epithelial Tissues

Vama Jhumkhawala

Public Health Sciences

Professor Scott Atwood

The Roles of Protein Kinase A-Specific GLI1 Mutations in the Development of Drug Resistance in Basal Cell Carcinomas

Yufang Jia


Professor Gary Richardson

Effects of Real GDP on U.S. Consumption Structure among Different Income Groups before and after the 2008 Financial Crisis

Kimberly K. Joyce

Dance/ Education

Professor Kelli K. Sharp

Senior BFA Thesis Choreographic Project (Official Title TBD)

Shivani Kakade

Public Health Sciences

Professor Baotran Vo

Client Characteristics

Amrith A. Karunaratne


Professor Elliot Hui

Front-End Enzymatic Digestion Module for Microfluidic Tumor Cell Dissociation Device

Kaylin E. Kelty


Professor Andrew Penner

Using Thresholds in Middle School Mathematics Course Placement

Erica T. Khaine

Quantitative Economics

Professor Judy Wu

SEA College Clearly: Opportunities and Barriers to Southeast Asian Americans Pursuing Higher Education

Sonia Kim

Biological Sciences

Professor Allon Hochbaum

Nanocrystal Synthesis and Transport Properties of Thin Films

Raphael S. Kim


Professor Vy M. Dong

Cobalt-Catalyzed Hydroacylation: Preparation of Aldehydes en route to Cyclobutanones

William H. Kim

Public Health Sciences

Professor William Tang

Fluidic Platform for the Detection of HIV from Bodily Fluids

Lin Soo Kim

Biological Sciences

Professor Christopher C. Hughes

Investigating the role of Slug on Pathological Angiogenesis in vivo with ChIP

Katherine M. Koligian

Biological Sciences

Professor Virginia E. Kimonis

High Fat Diet in VCPR155H/+ Knock-In Mouse Model Helps Prolong Life and Reverse Effects in VCP Homozygotes

Khachik E. Labachyan

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Impact of ​Rhodiola​ rosea on the Gut Microbiome of​ Drosophila melanogaster

Kevin Lai

Biological Sciences

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Developing Noninvasive Oral Cancer Risk Test via Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Saliva

Travis N. Lam

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Kei M. Igarashi

Involvement of Lateral Entorhinal Cortex in Olfactory-Related Associative Memory

Hien Lau

Microbiology & Immunology

Professor Jonathan R.T.. Lakey

Effects of Digestion Enzymes and Age of Pigs on Isolated Porcine Islets

Maria Gabriela A. Lavadia


Professor Darryl Taylor

Filipino Vocal Music and the Stories they Tell of Philippine History and Culture

Sarah Lee

Biological Sciences

Professor Jonathan RT. Lakey

Hydrogen Sulfide Improves Neovascularization with Novel Prevascularized Scaffold in Murine Model

Darren J. Lee


Professor Stefania Forner
Professor Frank M. LaFerla

Impact of Extracellular versus Intracellular Aβ on the Actin Cytoskeleton in Alzheimer’s disease

Lillian Lee

Earth System Science/ Sociology

Professor Katherine Mackey

Effects of High Copper Concentrations on Phytoplankton Species

Thomas Lee

Computer Engineering

Professor Hamid Djalilian

Evaluation of Vestibular Patohologies Using Wide-Angled Head Mounted Displays with Stereoscopic 3D

Rebekah M. Lieu

Nursing Science

Professor Justin F. Shaffer

What do Students Perceive as Difficult in an Undergraduate Anatomy Course?

Matthew J. Lim

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Andrew Furness

The Evolution of Viviparity in Fish and its Phenotypic Consequences

Emily L. Lin

International Studies/ Business Administration

Professor Gary Richardson

Family Migration Decisions: How Does a Families' Decision to Migrate Affect Children's Education in China?

Guohao Liu

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Yun Wang

Low-Speed Wind Energy Harvest

GuanYu Liu

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William Tang

Development of Saliva Sample Chamber Preparation and Sensors for the Detection of Malaria Parasites

Jasmine A. Llave

Mechanical Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

Optimization of Mechanical Design of Neural Probes with Integrated Electrical, Fluidic and Optical Functions

Shirley Loi

Social Policy and Public Service

Professor Jeanett Castellanos
Professor Michael Montoya

Vietnamese College Student Perceptions of Stress through the Expectations of the Model Minority Myth: A Two Generational Study

Ana G. Lomeli

Cognitive Sciences

Professor Barbara W. Sarnecka

Affective Risk-Taking in Preschool Children

Andrea S. Lopez

Sociology/ Social Policy and Public Service

Professor Alana LeBron

Special Call (Women): Undocumented Women Navigating Life without DACA: Implications for the Social Determinants of Health

Yunuen P. Lopez

Anthropology/ Archeaology

Professor Leo R. Chavez

Undocumented Friendships: Disclosure of Immigration Status to Friends

Darnel R. Lopez

Public Health Policy

Professor Pauline Lubens
Professor Miryha Runnerstrom

Special Call (Gaming): E-Gaming and the Effects on Health at the University of California, Irvine

Emeline Lotherington


Professor Loretta Livingston

Special Call (Peace): Open Space

Alejandra Lucatero

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Education Sciences

Professor Rachel Baker

The Influences of Theory of Mind in Infancy