Fall 2017 Grant Recipients - (M-S)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Mohammed Majrashi

Public Health Policy

Professor Victor R. Gordeuk
Professor Christine E. McLaren
Professor Gordon D. McLaren

A Substudy of Pulmonary Hypertension and Hypoxic Response in Sickle Cell Disease

Salvador Maldonado

Biological Sciences/ Chemistry

Professor Donovan P. German

Digestive Physiology in the Hind-Gut of Podarcis Sicula

Melody Malek

Biological Sciences

Professor James S. Nowick

Interaction of Fluorescent Teixobactin Analogues with Bacteria

Natalie T. Malek

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Bernard Choi

Optical Histology

Emeizmi Mandagi

International Studies

Professor Cecelia Lynch

The Aftermath of the Arab Spring: U.S. Interventionism and the Rise of Terrorism in Syria

Christine Manuel

Human Biology

Professor Rimal Bera

Self Assessment of Cognition and Depression in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder

Lyndsie Mark

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Loretta Livingston

E Pili Ana: An Exploration of Connectivity in Hula

Grant C. Martin


Professor Bruce G. Berg

Further Validation of EWAIF-OFL Pitch Perception Model

Esmeralda I. Martin

Education Sciences

Professor Stephanie M. Reich

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): “Give me the Phone Now!” Socioeconomic Differences among Latino Parents in their use of Mobile Screen Technologies for Managing the Behavior of their Young Children

Melanie G. Martinez

Environmental Science

Professor Celia Faiola
Professor Katherine Mackey

Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Phytoplankton

Amaiya Mason


Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Redeeming Compton: How the Murder Capital of the United States has Become the Light of the World

Gabrielle McGahey

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Michelle Digman

Modulation of Cancer Invasion and Migration on Various Collagen Stiffnesses

Tyler J. McGrath


Professor Gamal M. Ghoniem

Urinary Cytokines in Patients with Overactive Bladder (OAB) before and after Treatment

Christopher M. McGuire

Earth System Science

Professor Katherine Mackey

The Effects of Wastewater Discharge on Coastal Marine Phytoplankton Populations

Sarah M. Medina

International Studies/ Business Economics

Professor Erin Lockwood

Economic Status and the Influence in College Student Class Profiling

Rodolfo Medina

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Belinda Campos

The Effects of Cultural Frame-Switching on Familism

Gershwin Merencillo

Public Health Policy/ Political Science

Professor Angela C. Jenks

Exploring Access to Higher Education for Undocumented, Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Students

Erika A. Mey

Sociology/ Public Health Policy

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

The Link between Cambodian Communities: Cambodia and Cambodia Town

Rae A. Michaud

Dance/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Kelli Sharp

Understanding how Dance Functions Cross Culturally: The Traveling Dancer

Hope F. Michelson


Professor Joel Veenstra

The Cirque Collaborative

Elizabeth Miller

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor John Dombrink

Immigrants' versus Non-Immigrants' Perceptions of the Police

Blake A. Miranda

Cognitive Sciences

Professor Jodi Quas

Childhood Maltreatment: Effects on Aggression and Prosocial Behaviors

Vivian M. Mitchell

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Azim Shariff

A Dichotomous Account of Religion and Blame

Xinxin Mo

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Arash Kheradvar

A Novel Method to Automatic Segmentation of the Right Ventricle in Cardiac MRI

Paul T. Moore

Political Science

Professor Keith Topper

Locke to Arendt: A Qualitative Analysis of Labour and Work

Pearl Moro


Professor Jennifer Kane

Effects of Education on Cardiovascular Health among Californians

Ariana Motavalli

Chemistry/ Biological Sciences

Professor James S. Nowick

Investigation of the Immunological Effects of a Model Amyloid Beta Oligomer in Murine Microglia

Myrna Mousa

Biological Sciences

Professor Mark Fisher

Political Ideology and Cognition

Silva Movsesyan

Biological Sciences

Professor Christopher C. Hughes

Linifanib, Wnt-Inhibitor, & 5-Fluorouracil Combination Therapies Screened in vitro against Metastasized Colorectal Cancer using a Novel Microfluidic Device

Harleen Muhar

Biological Sciences

Professor Pavan Kadandale

Feedback and Test Performance

Fjolla Muqolli


Professor Bruce McNaughton

Place Cell Responses to Novel Experiences in a Familiar Virtual Environment

Laman Musayeva


Professor Jessica L. Harper

Delivering a Dance Narrative Work through the Means of Body Language and Human Emotions

Daria K. Nahidipour


Professor Kelli Sharp

Measuring Motor Stability in Dancers using a Novel Approach

Audrey E. Nakaoka

International Studies

Professor Kathryn Ragsdale

Japanese-Americans Abroad in Japan

Silvia Y. Navarro Hernandez

Cognitive Sciences/ Gender and Sexuality Studies

Professor Ceasar D. Sereseres

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): Migrant Latinx Farm Workers in Madera, CA: Health Care Services Accessibility and Impact

Anita Ng

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Jered B. Haun

Microfluidic Filter Device Optimization with Human Tissue Models

Thi M. Ngo

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Kavita Arora

The Role of Schlank and Activin Signaling in Metabolic Homeostasis

Cassidy M. Nguyen


Professor Frank M. LaFerla
Professor Laura I. Trujillo-Estrada

The Impact of Tau on Synaptic Deficits Induced by Type 2 Diabetes

Thinh Q. Nguyen

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Jered B. Haun

Soluble Expression of pRS4420 scFv Antibodies

Nancy Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor David Fruman

Repurposing Statins for MCL Sensitization to Venetoclax

Hannah M. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Anshu Agrawal

The Effects of Environmental Toxin on the Immune Response to Infections

Theodore Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Brian Cummings

Quantification of Axonal Loss following Repeat Mild Concussions

Lisa Nguyen

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered B. Haun

Comparing Antibody-Quantum Dot Conjugate and Fluorophore Abilities to Detect TNF-α Amounts Secreted by Single Cells

Phu Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Andrej Luptak

Biochemical and Biological Studies of Human Genome-Derived cGMP Aptamers

Hoan Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Guiyun Yan

A. arabensis Genetic Profile in Regard of Geographical Aspect in Kenya

Anh T. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Stephanie Tjen-A-Looi

Electroacupuncture on Severe Hypertension in Salt-Sensitive Rats Related to Inflammation

Brandon Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Jorge Busciglio
Professor Maria Lioudyno

The Role of Kv1.3 Channels in Neuroinflammation Associated with Alzheimer's disease

Tiffany Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Celia Faiola

Plant Stress in a Changing Environment: Using Plant Metabolomics to Improve Predictions of Biogenic Secondary Organic Aerosol Production

Sierra C. Nguyen


Professor Christopher Vanderwal

Development of an Epoxypolyene Cyclization for Selective Access to Oxygenated Diterpene Scaffolds

Shant Oganesian

Environmental Engineering

Professor Peter Bowler
Professor Megan Lulow
Professor Soroosh Sorooshian

The San Joaquin Marsh Reserve: Influences on Past, Current, and Future Ecosystem Characteristics

Brandon R. Ordonez-Palacios

Political Science/ International Studies

Professor Erin Lockwood

Riders on the Storm: Tijuana’s Road to Recovery from the 2008 Financial Crisis

Michael Otazu

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Carroll Seron

Career Commitment Drift in Law School

Tatiana M. Overly

Political Science

Professor Mark P. Petracca

Critical Election Theory and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Jessica S. Padron

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Education Sciences

Professor Jaquelynne Eccles
Professor Nayssan Safavian
Professor Nayssan Safavian
Professor Nayssan Safavian
Professor Nayssan Safavian
Professor Nayssan Safavian

Asian American High School Students' Career Aspirations

Guillermo Paez


Professor Rocio Rosales

Understanding how Detainees Navigate the Immigration Court System

Erick C. Partida

Environmental Science

Professor Katherine Mackey

Diatom Response to Simulated Upwelling

Stephanie M. Pascua

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Michelle Digman

Phasor-FLIM Analysis of Caffeine and Cisplatin’s Metabolic Effects on a Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Cell Line

Shailey C. Patel

Microbiology & Immunology

Professor Matthew A. Inlay

Investigating the Differentiation Bias of Yolk-Sac Derived Hematopoietic Stem Cells in Lyve1-Cre;mTmG Mice

Omkar S. Pathak

Computer Science & Engineering

Professor Quoc-Viet Dang

Smart Water System

Kevin Pedraza

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor John Hipp

Contextual Similarities and Differences of Crime Premises: A Cross City Analysis

Cristia T. Perez


Professor Samuel Gilmore

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): Parents of Children with Disabilities Satisfaction towards Therapy Professionals

Bianca D. Perez


Professor Alana LeBron

Health-Related Experiences of Latinos with Type 2 Diabetes: Considering the Role of Social Determinants

Judy Pham

Biological Sciences

Professor Jefferson Chen

Interactive eBooks to Educate Non-Native English Speakers about Head Injury

Christian Phan

Electrical Engineering

Professor Michelle Khine

Health Monitoring with Skin-Mountable Strain Sensors

Jimmy Phan

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Frank M. LaFerla
Professor Alessandra C. Martini

Endocytosis of IL-1R1 and its Impact on Tau Pathology and Cognition

Jonathan R. Phenix

Political Science/ International Studies

Professor Robert M. Uriu

Southeast Asia: Adjustments or Aged Approaches

Alexina C. Pilo

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Educational Sciences

Professor Jeanett Castellanos
Professor Tonya L. Schuster

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): From Boots to Books: Female Veteran College Students’ and Well-Being: A Psychosociocultural Standpoint

Alana T. Porat

Human Biology

Professor Karina S. Cramer

Impact of Microglia upon Synaptic Pruning in the Auditory Brainstem as Measured by GlyT2 and VGLUT in CX3CR1 Mice

Ridhika N. Prasad

Biological Sciences/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Rimal Bera

Comparison of Self-Rating of Cognition and Depression in Patients with Major Depressive Disorder

Kevin A. Preciado

Public Health Policy/ Sociology

Professor Theodore K. Gideonse

Measuring Perceived Self-Efficacy and Perceived Stress and its Influence on Non-Medical Adderall Use in UC Irvine Students

Shoshanah S. Pritchard


Professor Andrew Penner

Lead Exposure and Academic Achievement: Establishing the Connection

Arthur Pyuskulyan


Professor Jing Xia

Band Gap Evolution in YbB6 under Uniaxial Strain

Andrew Ramirez

Biological Sciences

Professor Stephanie Tjen-A-Looi

Adenosine in rVLM Modulates Sympathetic Reflex Pressor Response in Rats

Cassidy D. Reiff

Dance/ Psychology

Professor Kelli Sharp

East Meets West Festival

Paul J. Resong

Biological Sciences

Professor Larry Marsh

The Role of Huntingtin in Developmental and Starvation Induced Autophagy

Nathan Reverte

Political Science

Professor Louis DeSipio

Immigration Reform and Immigrant Incorporation: A Study of U.S. Immigration Policies

Manuel A. Reyes

Chemistry/ Minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Professor Fillmore Freeman

Mechanisms of the Additions of Neutral Benzenesulfenic Acids to Alkenes and to Michael Acceptors

Tania M. Reyes


Professor Jeanett Castellanos
Professor Davin L. Phoenix

Neurofeedback and Anxiety: An Examination of the Effectiveness of Alpha Brainwave Training via Binaural Beats Therapy as a Means to Reduce College Students Stress

Angelika Ringor

Human Biology

Professor Brian Cummings

Activation of Microglia after Repeated Traumatic Brain Injury

Maria L. Rivera

Sociology/ Education Sciences

Professor Samuel Gilmore

Cultural Aspects Intersecting with English Fluency in Japan

Laura Robledo

Environmental Science

Professor Katherine Mackey

Aerosol Deposition and Santa Ana Events’ Effects in Southern California Coasts

Andrea A. Rodriguez

Political Science/ Psychology

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

Impact of Venezuelan and Russian Relations

Jordan E. Rodriguez


Professor Jami L. Bartlett

Plato’s Podcast: An Exploration of the Modern Podcast Medium as a Spiritual Successor to the Platonic Dialogues

Jacco Ruiz

Biological Sciences

Professor Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont
Professor Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont
Professor Shahram Lotfipour

Community Paramedicine: A Methodological Approach to Prehospital Research Based on Low-Acuity Transportation Operated by Specially Trained Paramedics

Terence F. Rustia

Political Science

Professor Sara W. Goodman

Investigation of the Policy Variance in European Labor Market Integration for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Alec Sahagian

Biological Sciences/ Medical Anthropology - Minor

Professor Scott Kilianski
Professor Bruce McNaughton

Investigating Hippocampal Function in Memory for Spatial Sequences

Miguel Salgado


Professor Jacob Avery
Professor Samuel Gilmore

Mexican American First Generation College Students' Navigation though Higher Education

Isaac Sanchez

Social Science/ Humanities

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

U.S. Foreign Policy and Political Malleability concerning Global Artificial Intelligence Research & Attainment: Implications in Policy, Global Actors and Ethicality of Expert Systems Research

Zuri S. Sandoval

Criminology, Law & Society/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Victoria Basolo

Special Call (Women's Empowerment): Effectiveness of the Incredible Years: A Child Prevention Program

Madeline H. Sands


Professor Bharath Chakravarthy
Professor Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont

The Effect of a Dedicated Registered Nurse Case Manager on the Length of Stay of Behavioral Health Related Visits in the Emergency Department

Paola I. Santibanez


Professor Jennifer Prescher

Structural Characterization of a Mutant Amino-Acyl tRNA Synthetase used in Bioorthogonal Labeling

Kiana A. Scambray


Professor Ramesh Srinivasan

Reaction Time in Decision Making and Motor Control in Stroke Patients using the Drift-Diffusion Model

Michael B. Schneider

Biological Sciences

Professor Veedamali Subramanian

Biotin/Pantothenic Acid Over-Supplementation to SLC5A6 (SMVT-cKO) Mice Leads to Normalization of Intestinal Mucosal Integrity and Immunity of the Knockout Animals

Madeleine Schreifels

Dance/ French

Professor Alan Terricciano

The Rhythm and the Music: An Investigation of Tap Dance Phrase Creation and Rhythm Development

Kaelyn J. See

Biological Sciences

Professor Thomas Ahlering
Professor Linda M. Huynh

Comparing Efficacy of IIEF-5 to EPIC-CP in Predicting Functional Potency Recovery after Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy

Nairi Sevajian

Earth System Science

Professor Katherine Mackey

The Emission of Volatile Organic Compounds by Marine Phytoplankton

Amanda J. Shackelford

Physics/ Chemistry

Professor Matt Law

Dependence of Quantum Dot Ligand Type and Superlattice Formation on Electrical Properties

Tej Shah

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy Da Silva
Professor Tami McTaggart

Growth Optimization of Kluyveromyces marxianus for Biosynthesis of Triacetic Acid Lactone

Xiecheng Shao


Professor Thekla Hemstedt
Professor Marcelo Wood

Investigate Role of CREST on Long Term Memory Formation

Hema M. Sharda

Biological Sciences

Professor Anne L. Calof

The Rosa26 Flox-Stopped Suicide Gene: Developing a Method for Targeting Cell Death to Study Growth Control

Nicole S. Sharifi

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Teresa Dalton

The Power of Media on Public Perceptions of the Death Penalty

Arthur P. Shin

Biological Sciences

Professor Kyoko Yokomori

Creation of FSHD-Modeling Human Myoblast Cell Lines using CRISPR-Cas 9

Iman Siddiqi

Political Science/ Global Middle East Studies

Professor Daniel R. Brunstetter

Reforming the Syrian Civic Education Curriculum to Contribute to a Democratic Transition in Syria

Namrata Singh

Biological Sciences

Professor Jennifer Prescher

Understanding the Origins of Selectivity of Orthogonal Luciferase/Luciferin Pairs

Lily K. Sloan


Professor Kenneth Shea

Hydrogel Polymer Nanoparticles for Anticancer Drug Delivery

Rachel N. Smith

Cognitive Sciences

Professor Susanne M. Jaeggi
Professor Grace Lin

Strategy-Based Learning and the Manipulation of Lexical Features in Metamemory Tasks

Jack E. Smith


Professor Keith M. Murphy

Please Joke Responsibly: How Contemporary Stand-Up Comedians Navigate Sociopolitical Issues when Crafting their Comedy

William Smith

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Magdalene Seiler

Analysis of Extracellular Brain Activity in the Superior Colliculus

Hailey A. Solis

Dance/ Biological Science Minor

Professor Kelli Sharp

Studying the Effect of Pilates on Breath Capacity and Strength: Dancer vs Non-Dancer

Alexandria M. Sorensen

Biological Sciences

Professor Ross Sayadi
Professor Alan D. Widgerow

Micro/Nanobubbles: Quantification of Bubble Oxygen Content