Fall 2016 Grant Recipients - (M-S)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Morgan C. Ma

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Baotran Vo

Clinic Client Characteristics of UCI Free Clinic at Garden Grove

Thien An P. Ma

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Bernard Choi

The Development of Blood Flow Sensing Device with Consumer Grade Components

Mariel Ma

Biological Sciences

Professor Olga Razorenova

Investigating ROCK Inhibition in VHL-Deficient Clear Cell Renal Carcinoma

Brianna L. Ma

Biological Sciences

Professor Peter H. Ditto

Special Call (Women): Understanding how Sexual Assault Affects Performance and Personal Adjustment

Diana Magana

Education Sciences/ English

Professor Gilberto Q. Conchas

Newsprint Media and the Representation of Latino/a and Asian Student Success

Ray Mak

Biological Sciences

Professor Maksim Plikus

Differentiation of Hematopoietic Stem Cells into Adipocytes in Cutaneous Wound Healing

Parinaz Malakzadeh


Professor Susana Cohen-Cory

Altering DSCAM Expression and its Relation with Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses in Xenopus Retino-Tectal Neurons

Salvador Maldonado

Biological Sciences/ Chemistry

Professor Donovan German

Enzymatic Activity of the Intestines of Podarcis sicula

Allison-Graham Martin


Professor Virginia M. Richards

Necessary Spectral and Temporal Modulation Information for Speech Intelligibility in Older Normal-Hearing Listeners

Cassandra Martinez

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jean Gehricke

Gender Differences in Comorbid Behavioral Profiles in Children Diagnosed with Autism

Spencer Mattson

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered Haun

Use of Raman Dyes to Increase Intensity of Gold Nanorods

Kamilah R. McGuire

Public Health Policy

Professor Mojgan Sami

Special Call (Women): Experiences and Self-Care of Aging African American Women with Diabetes: A Qualitative Analysis

Stephanie E. Mejia

Cognitive Sciences

Professor Charlie Chubb

What Influences are Exerted on People’s Judgements of Tonal Hierarchy by Different Shepard Tones?

Bernadette T. Mercado


Professor Elizabeth Jarvo

Reductive Cross Electrophile Couplings to Form Strained Rings using Mild Reagents

Hazel L. Merluza

Biological Sciences

Professor Hartmut Luecke

Investigation of the Interaction between Mutant p53 with BAK and Bcl-XL

Erika A. Mey

Sociology/ Public Health Policy

Professor Jennifer B. Kane

Special Call (Women): Residential Stability of Cambodian Women in New Jersey

Erika A. Mey

Sociology/ Public Health Policy

Professor Caesar D.. Sereseres

The Significance of Cambodia Town, Long Beach

Shiaki A. Minami

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy Da Silva

Integration of the 2PS Gene and Promoter Optimization in Saccharomyces cerevisiae for Increased Production of Triacetic Acid Lactone

Shary B. Miranda

International Studies

Professor David L. Feldman

Special Call (Women): Improving Women’s Educational Opportunities through Water Security

Austin (Seung Min) Moon

Cognitive Sciences/ Education

Professor Susanne Jaeggi

Improving Memory Consolidation through Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

Austin (Seung Min) Moon

Cognitive Sciences/ Education

Professor Michael Yassa

Effects of Interictal Epileptiform Discharges on Spatial Memory

Martha A. Morales

Sociology/ Political Science

Professor Laura E. Enriquez

Deferred Action and Liminal Legality: UC Undocumented Students and their Career Plan

Chamee V. Moua

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Elizabeth A. Martin

Special Call (Peace): Exploring the Relationship between Social Anhedonia and Cooperation

Emily Munguia


Professor Samuel Gilmore

Change is the Law of Life: An Analysis on the Evolving Police Culture

Fjolla Muqolli

Biological Sciences

Professor Bruce McNaughton

Multisensory Object Processing in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

Mark T. Nakata

Biological Sciences

Professor Andrej Luptak

High-Throughput Structural Characterization of 3′5′ Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate (cAMP) Riboswitches in Eukaryotic Genomes

Angeli Mae C. Nazareth

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Catherine Cahill

Differential Effects of Kappa Opioid Receptors in Male and Female Neuropathic Pain Mice

Thi M. Ngo

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Kavita Arora

Identification of a Nutrient Sensitive Enhancer in the daw Gene

Pauline A. Nguyen

Comparative Literature

Professor Judy T. Wu

Special Call (Women): Nguyen Thi Ve, The First Female Judge of South Vietnam: How Education, War, and Law Shaped Her Life

Kien V. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Jose M. Ranz

Comparative Analysis of Sperm Dynamics in the Absence of a Sdic, a Recently-Evolved Chimeric Gene Cluster Exclusive to Drosophila melanogaster

Paul Q. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor James Jester

Effects of FGF10 on SLHMG Cells

Phuc H. Nguyen

Psychology/ Informatics

Professor Caesar Sereseres

The Significance of the Little Saigon District in Orange County

Hoang M. Nguyen


Professor Young J. Kwon

Determining the Concentration of Acid-Transformable Chitosan

Brandon T. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Jorge Busciglio
Professor Maria Lioudyno

The Role Of Kv1.3 Channels In Neuroinflammation Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease

Helena M. Nguyen

Human Biology

Professor Kimberley Lakes

Qualitative Study of Child, Adolescent, and Parent Preferences for Pediatric Exercise Interventions and Research Protocols

Collins D. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Xiangmin Xu

Nogo Receptor 1 Confines a Disinhibitory Microcircuit to the Critical Period in Visual Cortex

Minh H. Nguyen


Professor Aaron P. Esser-Kahn

Development of Photoactivatable Innate Immune Receptors for Optogenetic Control of the Immune System

Desiree Nguyen


Professor Jane Page

Special Call (Peace): Rising Tides

Thinh Q. Nguyen

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Jered B. Haun

Producing Fusion Protein from Recombinant Single Chain Antibody Sequence by using Yeast Secretion

Minh Nguyen

Developmental & Cell Biology

Professor Jonathan Lakey

The Impacts of Human Islet Amyloid Fibrils on Angiogenesis at Transplantation Sites

Wael G. Nimat

International Studies

Professor Mark A. Le Vine

Identity and Participation in Post-Mandate Framework: Disengagement of 1988

Devan M. Nisson

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Professor Steven D. Allison

Adaptive Ability of Desert Microbial Communities to Rapidly Decompose Litter when Triggered by Sudden Moisture Availability

Lizette G. Nunez-Magana

Human Biology

Professor Ulrike Luderer

Effects of Charged Iron Particles, Components of Space Radiation, on Ovarian Expression of the Rate Limiting Enzyme in Glutathione Synthesis

Amayrani Ochoa Almeida


Professor George Farkas

Examining the Determinants of Locus of Control among Undocumented Students

Amanda Ortscheid

Anthropology/ Computer Science

Professor Valerie Olson

The Future(s) of Artificial Intelligence

Jacqueline Osegueda

Public Health Policy

Professor Dana Mukamel

Perceptions of Safety and Physical Activity in Santa Ana Residents

Jessica J. Oshiro

Biological Sciences

Professor Baotran Vo

Client Characteristics Project: An Lanh Free Clinic

Bhavesh H. Patel

Biological Sciences

Professor Mark I. Langdorf

Trauma CT Occult Injury Yields, Interventions, and Outcomes

Ayushi Y. Patel

Biological Sciences

Professor Kei Igarashi

Role of the CA1 Region of the Hippocampus in Associative Learning

Janki Patel

Biological Sciences

Professor Mienah Sharif
Professor Dara Sorkin

Examining the Role of Fathers on Child Obesity Risk

Jennifer L. Pearce

Public Health Sciences

Professor Zuzana Bic

Are there any Patterns between Eating Styles, Headaches and Stress Levels among UCI College Students?

Kevin Pedraza

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor John R.. Hipp

An Exploratory Spatial Temporal Study on Criminal Victimization in Dallas

Breanna A. Perreault


Professor Rahul Warrior

Rescuing Drosophila melanogaster O-Xylotransferase Mutants with a Human XYLT2 Ortholog

Hanh M. Pham

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Effects of Cinnamaldehyde on the Healthspan of Alzheimer’s disease Drosophila melanogaster Models

Brittany Q. Pham

Biological Sciences

Professor Christopher Hughes

Investigating the Role of Fibroblast Cells in Port Wine Stain Angiogenesis

Jessica Pham

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Andrej Luptak

Structural Characterization of Coenzyme A Aptamers

Jimmy Phan

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Social Ecology

Professor Frank M. LaFerla
Professor Alessandra C. Martini

The Modulation of Interleukin-1β by Intra and Extracellular Amyloid Beta in the Progression of Alzheimer’s disease

Howard J. Phang

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari
Professor Michael Rose

Diet and Supplementation: A Combined Therapy for Healthspan Improvement

Celine H. Phong

Human Biology

Professor Anthony A. James

Analysis of Transgene Introgression in Laboratory-Cage Trials of Anopheles stephensi Population Alteration

Adriana S. Pombo

Public Health Sciences

Professor Melissa Karnaze
Professor Ilona S. Yim

Special Call (Peace): Strong Perceived Emotional Support Leads to Higher Self-Esteem and Lower Stress Response

Aftin Pomeroy

Biological Sciences

Professor Henry Hirschberg

Focused Ultrasonic Activation of Chemotherapeutic Drugs: A Potential Treatment Modality for Glioma

Stephanie Ponce

Cognitive Sciences

Professor Mimi Liljeholm

Vicarious Transmission of Suboptimal Decisions

Andrew Pop

Human Biology

Professor Matthew A. Inlay

Imaging of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Budding in Mouse Embryos

Pouyan Pouresfandiari

Biological Sciences

Professor Manny Azizi

Structural Changes of the Plantaris Longus Tendon during Hindlimb Extension in the Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)

Jonathan Pusavat

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Charles E. Wright

The Effects of Varying Luminosity on Feature-Based Attention

Ruth D. Quintana

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Karen S. Rook

Special Call (Women): An Investigation of Factors Associated with Undermining in Latinas’ Efforts to Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Ryan A. Raasch

Biomedical Engineering

Professor An Do

Estimation of FES-Generated Torque via Electromyography

Saikiran Ramanan

Computer Science & Engineering

Professor Solmaz S. Kia

Path Specification and Execution of Multiple Robots via Mobile Application

Alejandro Ramirez

Political Science/ Education Sciences

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Migrando o huyendo de El Salvador

Emilio F. Ramirez

Chemical Engineering

Professor Daniel R. Mumm

Application of Zr and Ti as Anode Material in Metal-Air Batteries at Elevated Temperatures

Xitlali H. Ramirez

Cognitive Sciences

Professor William H. Batchelder

Measuring Eyewitness Consensus with Cultural Consensus Theory

LaTiara Rashid

Sociology/ Art

Professor Sabrina Strings

Special Call (Women): Representation of African American Women in Fictional Media

Marlon Rea


Professor David L. Van Vranken

Chiral Resolution of Antifungal Small Molecules Sensitizers that Enhance the Potency of Azole Drugs against Resistant Candida albicans and Candida glabrata

Kathryn Reyes

Biological Sciences

Professor Kimberley Lakes

A Pilot Study of a Therapeutic Dance Intervention for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Abraham Rico

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jutta Heckhausen

Special Call (Peace): The Role of Motivational Congruence on Goal Achievement

Randolph A. Rivera


Professor Loretta Livingston

Special Call (Peace): Acknowledging the Psyche

Kara Rivera


Professor Glenda Flores

Motivations behind Undocumented Students’ Activism at UCI

Daniel E. Roa


Professor David L. Van Vranken

Progress towards (±) Brazlin via Palladium Carbenes and towards (±)-Pestalachloride D and C via a Domino Knoevenagel/Hetero Diels-Alder Reaction

Zachery R. Robinson

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Anna Grosberg

Investigating the Effect of Cyclic Strain on Fibroblast with a Cardiac Specific LMNA mutation

Laura Robledo

Environmental Science

Professor Katherine Mackey

Can Quantum Dots be Used as a Tool to Measure Nutrient Uptake in Phytoplankton?

Christopher Sahagian

Biological Sciences

Professor Bruce McNaughton

Neocortical Stimulation and Classical Eyeblink Conditioning: A study of the Memory Index Theory

Sarah S. Sakr

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law and Society

Professor Angela F.. Lukowski

Examining the Role of Parent Interaction on Generalization Across Cues and Contexts in Children with Down syndrome and Typically Developing Children

Hannah Salao

Public Health Sciences

Professor Mojgan Sami

Correlation between Oral Health Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors of Aging Populations and their Increased Risk for Diabetes

Nipuni D. Samararatne

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Anthropology

Professor Ilona S. Yim

Special Call (Women): Dialectical Self-Concept and Emotions: Cultural Differences and Implications for Physical and Psychological Health Risk

Melissa J. San Miguel

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Ilona Yim

The Effects of Perceived Affectionate Support on Stress

Mira K. Sanghera

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Andrej Luptak

Selection for ATP Synthesizing Ribozymes

Megha Sanjiv

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Kimberley Lakes

Ballet Intervention for Children with Cerebral Palsy: Enjoyment and Engagement of Physical Activity

Nikolaos G. Sarantopoulos

Biological Sciences

Professor Alan D. Widgerow

Time Dependent CD34 Expression In Shear Stressed Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Anik Sargsyan

Biological Sciences

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Bleaching Effects of a Novel Test Whitening Strip and Rinse

Cassandra M. Saucedo


Professor Rahul Warrior

Determining whether the Human Ortholog XYLT1 and Drosophila O-Xyloxyltransferase are Functionally Conserved

Sara K. Schroerlucke


Professor Molly Lynch

Preparing for a Career in Modern Dance: Choreography as a Communication Medium

Matthew T. Schweiger

Earth System Science

Professor Claudia I. Czimczik

Understanding the Correlation between Carbon and Nitrogen Isotopes to the Source of Carbon Dioxide and Methane Emitted from Alaskan Thermokarst Lakes

Kosuke Seki

Chemical Engineering

Professor Han Li

Increasing Product to Side Product Ratio in Biomanufacturing

Hawkins W. Sellier


Professor Baotran Vo

Analyzing the Client Characteristics of Patinets at the UCI School of Medicine's Flying Samaritans Student-Run Free Clinic in El Niño, Mexico

Denise Krystelle C. Serna

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Teresa A. Dalton

Special Call (Women): Archival Research on Organizational Policies in Relation to Transgender Employees

Argineh Shahbandari

Biological Sciences

Professor Wirachin Y. Hoonpongsimanont
Professor Shahram Lotfipour

Evaluation of Urinalysis Efficacy in Clinical Management of Adult Male Patients Presenting with Abdominal Pain in the Emergency Department

Andrew K. Shannon

Biological Sciences

Professor Baotran Vo

Clinics' Clientele Characteristics

Emile R. Shehada

Political Science/ Philosophy

Professor Mark Petracca

Patent Nonsense: Doctrinal Cross-Contamination in Patent and Copyright Law

Setareh Shekarchi


Professor Wayne Poon

Investigating the Role of Exosomes in Tau Propogation in AD

Erik D. Sheldon

Materials Science Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering

Professor Marc Madou

Electrochemical Analysis and Viability of High Aspect Ratio Carbon Interdigitated Electrode Arrays for Fluid Analyte Detection

Alexandra N. Shurlock


Professor Susanne Jaeggi

Positive Affect and Personality: Their Role in Younger Adult Performance on a Metamemory Task

Daniela J. Sider

International Studies/ Dance

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Activist Artistry

Lily K. Sloan


Professor Kenneth J. Shea

Effect of N,N’-methylenebis(acrylamide) Concentration on Synthetic Nanoparticles' Affinity for Melittin

Mario Soler

Chemical Engineering

Professor Yoonjin Won

Dynamic Wetting Phenomena using Nanostructured Surfaces

Erica Solis

Public Health Sciences

Professor Laura E. Enriquez
Professor Annie Ro

Undocumented Students’ Mental Health Status and its Effect on their Educational Outcomes

Dian Song

Chemical Engineering/ Materials Science Engineering

Professor Marc J. Madou

Micro Planar Ion-Selective Silver-Silver Chloride (Ag/AgCl) Reference Electrode: In Search of a Solution for Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)

Anival Soriano

Political Science

Professor Ana E. Rosas

Orange County’s Changing Political and Demographic Landscape: The Lasting Impact of Mexican Laborers’ Participation in Orange County’s Citrus Industry

Michael K. Stancliff


Professor Don Hill

Showmance: The Musical

Samuel A. Stetkevich

Biological Sciences

Professor Aaron Esser-Kahn

Construction of a TLR 2, 4, 7 Tri-Agonist to Elicit Distinct Immune Responses

Stephanie M. Stragier

Earth System Science

Professor Katherine Mackey

Identifying Irvine Aerosol Nutrient Composition and how Santa Ana Winds Affect Phytoplankton Productivity

Kezia I. Surjanto

Human Biology

Professor Kelli Sharp

Special Call (Peace): Effect of Dance on Mental Health in College Students