Fall 2017 Grant Recipients - (A-F)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Muhammad H. Abdurrohman


Professor Donovan P. German

Relatedness and Differential Disease of Different Enzymes Expression in Abalone (Genus Haliotis)

Ana Acosta

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Han Li

Exploring Unused Energy in Pyrophosphate to Alleviate Metabolic Burdens

Saamiyah Ahmed

Biological Sciences

Professor Brian Cummings
Professor Emily Reinhardt

Quantification of Synaptic Density after TBI in the Hippocampus

Chijioke P. Akunwafo

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Michael D. Cahalan

Two-Photon Imaging of Regulatory T Cells in Autoimmune Neuro-Inflammation

Zina Alajlani

Political Science

Professor Davin L. Phoenix
Professor Alfonso Valdez
Professor Alfonso Valdez

Failure of War on Drugs in the United States

Joshua A. Alcantara

Human Biology

Professor Jillian Andrejecsk
Professor Christopher C. Hughes

Growth Factor Optimization to Induce Quiescence in a Vascularized Micro-Organ

Annika A. Alejo

Dance/ Anthropology

Professor Molly Lynch

Research on a Professional Dance Artist: What Establishes an Enduring Career?

Faisal K. Alsaedi

Urban Studies

Professor Victoria Basolo

Flooding in Developing Countries with a Focus on Flood Hazard and Related Infrastructure Development in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Evelyn Alvarado

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Political Science

Professor Glenda M . Flores

Hard at Work: Mexican Immigrant Construction Workers in the Los Angeles Area

Sneha Anand

Biological Sciences

Professor Ilhem Messaoudi

Determining the Role of VP35 in Ebola Virus Pathogenesis

Elizabeth J. Andrews

Biological Sciences

Professor Stefania Forner
Professor Frank M. LaFerla

Is Tau Pathology Facilitated by Intracellular or Extracellular Aß?

Giana Angotti

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jodi Quas

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): Effect of Hostile Attributions and Emotion Understanding on Aggression in Maltreated Children

Katti Arroyo

Biological Sciences

Professor Sha Sun

RNA Expression of X-Linked Genes in Male and Female Mouse Embryonic Fibroblasts

Mahima Avanti

Public Health Sciences/ Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Professor Viginia Kimonis

Correlation of Late Onset of Bone Density and Osteopenia in Pompe Disease Patients

David A. Bacani

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Frances M. Leslie

Chronic Cigarette Smoke Extract Exposure on Long-Term Kappa Opioid Receptor Activation

Adrian Bahani

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Bernard Choi

Comparison of Various Vessel Painting Dyes Used in the Optical Histology of Intracerebral Microvasculature and Microbleeds

Yu Bai

Biological Sciences

Professor Shahrdad Lotfipour

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): Effects of Maternal Nicotine Exposure on Brain of Offspring

Sarah K. Balaian

Civil Engineering

Professor Mohammad Javad Abdolhosseini Qomi

Simulating Extraction of Water from Gypsum through Nucleation

Erin E. Ballard

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jessica Borelli

The Moderating Effect of Reflective Functioning on a College Student's Perception of an Acute Relational Stressor over Time

Madison N. Bandini

Biological Sciences

Professor Kavita Arora

Analysis of the Dawdle Regulatory Region to Identify Potential Nutrient Sensitive Enhancers in Different Tissues

Jude J. Banihani

Biological Sciences

Professor Thekla Hemstedt
Professor Marcelo Wood

The Role of CREST in the Regulation of Memory-Associated Genes

Karis E. Barker


Professor Sanghyuk Shin

Prevalence of Depression among Recently Diagnosed Tuberculosis Patients

Baina J. Barouni

Biological Sciences

Professor Scott Atwood

The Role of Actin in Primary Cilia Length Regulation

Jade Barrilleaux

Earth System Science

Professor Katherine Mackey

Chromatic Adaptation of Coastal Synechococcus in Response to Differing Wavelengths of Light

Shane Bassett

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy Da Silva

Metabolic Pathway Engineering of Kluyveromyces marxianus For Biosynthesis of Triacetic Acid Lactone

Brittney A. Bayardo

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Psychology

Professor Alana LeBron

Generational Differences in Mental Health Perceptions within Latinx Communities

Anita Bayat

Biological Sciences

Professor Bogi Anderson

The Role of Transcription Factor Grainyhead-Like 3 in Epidermal Migration during Wound Healing in Adult Skin

Jonathan B. Bazan-Villalpando

Political Science/ International Studies

Professor Senem B. Cevik

U.S. Public Diplomacy in Bolivia and Turkey: Opportunities and Prospects for Engagement in Unfriendly Authoritarian States

Danny Be

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Frances M. Leslie

Regional mRNA Expression of the Kappa Opioid Receptor in Adult and Adolescent Rats

Calvin H. Belcher

Materials Science Engineering

Professor Enrique J. Lavernia

Synthesis of the High Entropy Alloy MnFeCoNiCu of Varying Compositions and Representative Microstructures

Olivia R. Benice


Professor Marc Madou

Attachment of Amino-Modified Oligonucleotides to Interdigitated Glassy Carbon Electrodes through Amide Bonds for Electrochemical Detection

David Berlin

Chemical Engineering

Professor Allon Hochbaum

Identification of Molecules that Affect Dispersal of Escherichia coli Biofilms

Najla O. Bernichi-Shilleh

Biological Sciences

Professor Sha Sun

Exploring X-Chromosome Associated lncRNA Dynamics within the Cell

Fangzhou Bian

Biological Sciences

Professor Brett A. Johnson
Professor Edwin S. Monuki

Optimize Dissociation and Cell Straining Methods for Transplantation of Primary Choroid Plexus Epithelial Cells into the Brain of Disease Model Mice

Mareena Biju

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Robert Spitale

A Novel Nucleoside-Enzyme Pair for Cell-Specific RNA Profiling

Brandon Cabrera Marquez

Computer Science

Professor Lisa Pearl
Professor Greg Scontras
Professor Sameer Singh

Rational Speech Act to Neural Net

Belen M. Cairo

Earth System Science/ Urban Studies

Professor Katherine Mackey

Prochlorococcus among Southern California’s Invisible Forest

Loren R. Campbell

Dance/ Film and Media Studies

Professor Charlotte Griffin

Senior Thesis: Devices of Dance

Theo Caretto

Political Science

Professor Pamela Kelley

The Travel Ban and the Courts: Examining Executive Direct Action in the Federal Courts

Alexis S. Castillo

History/ chicano latino studies

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Porto’s Bakery Customers: The Psychosociocultural Influence on the Latina/o Community

Anthony J. Castro


Professor Elizabeth R. Jarvo

Optimization of Fluorinated Cyclopropanes Part II

Caitlyn Catabay

Biological Sciences

Professor Donovan P. German

The Life-Long Effect of Processed Carbohydrates versus Fiber

Anjelica Cespedes

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law and Society

Professor Roxane Silver

The Role of Neuroticism in Examining Exposure to Traumatic Images and Stress Responses

Zeinab M. Chahine

Biological Sciences

Professor Bryan Clifton
Professor Jose M. Ranz

Structural Evolution of a Species-Specific Multigene Family in Drosophila

Steven Y. Chang

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Maria C. Kenney

Differential Effects of Cisplatin on MCF-7 Transmitochondrial Cybrids of H and J Haplogroups

Vivian Chang

Cognitive Sciences

Professor Michael D. Lee

Bet on It: The Fallacies of Prediction Markets

Allissa V. Chang

Biological Sciences

Professor Stefania Forner
Professor Frank M. LaFerla

Impact of the Actin Cytoskeleton and its Regulators in Alzheimer’s disease

Justina Chang

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Shahrdad Lotfipour

Investigation of ⍺6 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Subunit in Adolescence and its Effects on Psychostimulant Use

Dhruvi Chauhan

Public Health Policy/ International Studies

Professor Mojgan Sami

Special Call (Women’s Empowerment): Perceptions and Actual Use of Reproductive Healthcare Services in College Aged Female First- and Second-Generation Immigrant Students at UC Irvine

Hengji Chen

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Fan Gang Zeng

Discovering the Role of the Medial Olivary Complex System in Tinnitus

Yun-Ju Chen

Biological Sciences/ Psychology

Professor David M. Walsh
Professor David M. Walsh

Method Choice and Lethality of Method in Cases of Completed Suicide across Psychological Disorders

Ryan Chen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Xiangmin Xu

Mapping Neural Circuit Connections to Nociceptive Neurons in the Thalamus

Carol Chen

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered B. Haun

Comparing Sensitivity of Quantum Dots vs. Fluorophores in Detecting TNF-α Concentrations at the Single-Cell Level

Siyan Chen

Biological Sciences

Professor Donovan P. German

The Digestion Strategies of Seagrass-Eating Bonnethead Sharks

Vivian H. Chi

Biological Sciences

Professor Ilhem Messaoudi

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): Impact of Obesity during Pregnancy on Innate Immune Responses

Om S. Chitnis

Biological Sciences

Professor Marcelo Wood

Reinstatement of Cocaine-Associated Memories in the Medial Habenula

Loise Cho

Biological Sciences

Professor Lisa Flanagan

Relationship of Neural Cell Fate and N-Glycan Modified Integrins

Kenny K. Cho

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Michael Chu
Professor Michelle Khine

Determining Various Geometries of Respiratory Strain Sensor Design to Maximize Sensor Sensitivity

Brandon Choung

Biological Sciences

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Reducing Aerosol Transmitted Disease from Ultrasonic Dental Scaling

Matthew L. Christian


Professor Kelli G. Sharp

Thesis Dance Concert 2018

Andrew C. Chu

Biological Sciences

Professor Gregory A. Weiss

Directed Evolution of Proteases via Multiple Turnover Screenings on Phage

Michelle Chung

Political Science

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

The Power of Words: Influence of Rhetoric on North Korea's Nuclear Development

Alyssa H. Columbus


Professor Hannah L. Park
Professor Argyrios Ziogas

Special Call (Women’s Empowerment): Machine Learning Techniques for Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Models

William J. Conley

Political Science

Professor Davin L. Phoenix

Public Opinion and Definitional Analysis of the Alt-Right

Huitzijared Contreras

International Studies/ History, Political Science

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Consultative Status at the United Nations: Alliance Defending Freedom and the Creation of Human Rights at the United Nations

Isaias M. Contreras

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law, & Society

Professor Raymond W. Novaco

The Nature of the Relationship between Anger and Angry Rumination

Cristian Cortez

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Peter Ditto

“Fake News, but Who Said It?”: The Influence of Media Bias on Accuracy Judgements of Political News Media

Jialin Dai

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Stephanie Tjen-A-Looi

Moxibustion Modifies Pressor Responses through Peripheral Transient Receptor Vanilloid Potential Type 1

Quang-Minh Dang

Biological Sciences

Professor Albert Siryaporn

Understanding the Roles and Functions of Cryptochrome in Magnetoreception

Diego Davila Macias

Anthropology/ International Studies

Professor Sylvia Nam

Conceptual Veins: Architectural Landscapes, Space and Identity in the San Diego-Tijuana Border Region

Petra F. De La Cruz

Public Health Policy/ Gender and Sexuality Studies

Professor Ana E. Rosas

The Limitations and Promise of Historicizing Latina/o Warehouse Laborers in the Inland Empire of California, 1960-2017

Rita Derderian

Biological Sciences

Professor Thomas Ahlering
Professor Linda M. Huynh

Post-Radical Prostatectomy Prostate-Specific Antigen Doubling-Time Kinetics: The Effects of Diet and Exercise on PSA Progression

Sara Diab

Public Health Sciences

Professor Zuzana Bic
Professor Miryha Runnerstrom

Analyzing the Impact of Student Financial Status on Food Choices

Abigail Diaz

Criminology, Law & Society/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Jeanett Castellanos
Professor Glenda M. Flores

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): Cross-Nativity Mothers Influence on Chicana(s) College Engagement: An Expectancy-Value Perspective

Nan Ding


Professor Valerie A. Olson

Digital Museum and Perception of Museum Experience

Kim-Sa Do

Biological Sciences

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Evaluation of the Manual Ergonomics of a Novel Bendable Curette to Improve Access and Alleviate Musculoskeletal Fatigue

Khang Do

International Studies/ History

Professor Robert M. Uriu

Analysis of the Three Non-Aggression Foreign Policies of Vietnam in the Modern Period

Gengfu Dong

Biological Sciences

Professor Emiliana Borrelli

Role of D2 Receptor Signaling on iMSN in the 6-OHDA Model of Parkinson’s Disease

Nicole A. Dunger

Political Science

Professor Ceasar D. Sereseres

The Crisis in South Sudan

Danny Duong

Chemical Engineering

Professor Jered B. Haun

Integration of Cellular Dissociation and Filtration

Elizabeth V. Duran

Criminology, Law & Society/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Elizabeth E. Cauffman

The Relationship between Immigration Status, Academics and Delinquency among Justice-Involved Youth

Keysi M. Ekmekciyan

Public Health Sciences

Professor Lbachir Benmohamed

The Role of Matrix Metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) in the Immune Response Induced by Ocular Infection with Herpes Simplex Virus

Delainey A. Elce-Stellino

Public Health Policy

Professor Miryha Runnerstrom
Professor Terry L. Schmidt

An Examination of College Students’ Knowledge, Behavior and Beliefs of Skin Cancer at the University of California, Irvine

Taariq O. Elmahadi

African-American Studies/ PoliticalScience

Professor Ana E. Rosas

Creative Black Thought for the Struggle: How Cultural Productions of Resistance to Carceral Violence are Sustained

Priscilla Encinas

Biological Sciences

Professor Edwin S. Monuki

Mapping of Strain-Specific Differences in Lateral Ventricle Morphology

Carlos Esparza

Political Science/ International Studies

Professor Louis DeSipio

Mexican Legal Immigration Policies in the United States

Jerson Estrella

Microbiology & Immunology

Professor Todd Holmes

The Repercussions of Social Jet Lag in Drosophila melanogaster PER Protein Expression and Sleep

Alanna Felts


Professor V. Ara Apkarian

Plasmon-Driven Chemistry in Gold Nanosphere Assemblies

Irma B. Fernandez

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Jered B. Haun

Utilizing Bioorthogonal Reactions for Multiplexing in Cell Labeling

Grazielle V. Figueredo

Sociology/ Gender and Sexuality Studies

Professor Rachel Goldberg

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): A Comparative Study of Au Pairs and Live-In Nannies in the United Sates

Gustavo C. Figueroa

Informatics/ Minor in Queer Studies

Professor Bonnie Ruberg

Special Call (Computer Gaming): What do Video Games' Characters tell us about the Expected Gender Roles and Performance of Parents?

Miracle Vania C. Firmalino


Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Development of a Smartphone photo-based Diagnostic Algorithm for Non-Specialist Oral Cancer Screening”.

Bonnie Fong

Chemical Engineering

Professor Han Li

Expanding on the Applications of Biotransformation in a New Pathway

Jennifer Y. Fong

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Andrej Luptak

Selection for Metabolite-Dependent HDV-Like Ribozymes

Celie Furukawa Carmona

Biological Sciences

Professor Frances M. Leslie

Modulation of Kappa Opioid Receptor Activity by Acute Nicotine and Ethanol in Female Rats