Fall 2018 Grant Recipients - (T-Z)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Ardyss Thai


Professor Nancy Da Silva

Designing Plasmids for Peroxisomally Anchored Proteins and Investigation of Non-Native Peroxisomally Anchored Proteins

Daphne M. Thampy

Public Health Sciences

Professor Veronica Vieira

The Impact of Traffic-Related Air Pollution on Subfertility

Yhardfah Tiemsanjai

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Elizabeth Jarvo

Nickel-Catalyzed Cross-Electrophile Coupling Reactions of Sulfonamides for Cyclopropane Synthesis

Bryon N. Tjanaka

Computer Science

Professor David L. Mobley

Improving Molecular Simulations through Force Field Development and Computational Techniques

Timothy T. Ton

Biological Sciences

Professor Virginia E. Kimonis
Professor Lan Weiss

Effects of CB-5083 as a Treatment for IBMPFD in an in-vivo Mouse Model

Bao Ton That

Biological Sciences

Professor Scott X. Atwood

Knockdown Analysis of Epidermal Marker Genes to Assay Skin Differentiation and Stratification

Carlos Tornell

Chemical Engineering/ Minor in Materials Science

Professor Mohammad J.A. Qomi

Analysis of Mass Transport Phenomena for Benzene in Calcium-Silica-Hydrate using Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Jaclene Torres

Human Biology

Professor Anshu Agrawal

The Effects of Alcohol and Nicotine on the Repair Mechanism and Function of Human Lung Alveolar Epithelial Cells

Serinee H. Tran

Biological Sciences

Professor Anna Badner
Professor Brian J. Cummings

Comparison of Clinically-Relevant Neural Stem Cell Lines for Efficacy in Traumatic Brain Injury

Sabrina H. Tran

Biological Sciences

Professor Jennifer A. Prescher

Long-Term Monitoring of Cellular Interactions via Bioluminescent Imaging

Yvonne Tran

Biological Sciences

Professor Scott X. Atwood

Phosphorylation-Dependent Regulation of C2H2 Zinc Finger Transcription Factors

Peter S. Tretiakov

Biological Sciences

Professor Baotran N. Vo

Effects of Procedural Workshop on Medical Students' Perception of Family Medicine and Clerkship Experience

Calvin N. Trinh


Professor Albert Siryaporn

Swarming Motility Patterns in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Post-Bacteriophage Infection

Danny A. Truong

Biological Sciences

Professor Cascade Sorte

Where the Foul Things Are: Quantifying Community Assembly in the Fouling Community of Bodega, Huntington, and Newport Harbor, California

Jennifer Truong

Biological Sciences

Professor Susanne M. Jaeggi

The Effect of Positive Mood on Spatial/Verbal Working Memory

Dominique P. Tuason

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Angela Lukowski

Child Sleep Behaviors and Maternal Mental Health

Victoria P. Turner

International Studies/ Political Science

Professor Ian B. Straughn

Just Rebellion in the West and Islam and its Application on the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria

Casandra A. Uriostegui


Professor Jacob Avery

Sleep Deprivation among College Students

Reuben J. Varghese

Biological Sciences

Professor Kavita Arora

The Role of Schlank and Activin Signaling In Metabolic Homeostasis

Hannah E. Vasquez

Public Health Policy/ N/A

Professor Zuzana Bic

Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors about Sleep Held by Undergraduate Students at the University of California, Irvine to Assess Gaps in Knowledge about Sleep and Healthy Sleep Habits

Pooja Vasudevan


Professor André van der Hoek

Designing Conversational Agents to Aid Therapy for Children with Speech and Language Treatment at Home

Reyna Velazquez


Professor Jenny Y. Yang

Rational Design of Electrocatalysts Capable of Reversibly Interconverting CO2 and Formate Background

Lakshay Verma

Biological Sciences

Professor Lisa A. Flanagan

The Effects of N-glycosylation on Neural Stem/Progenitor Cell Adhesion

Salomon Vidal

Political Science/ International Studies

Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

The Effects of Race, Age and Income in Voting Preferences

Quan D. Vo

Biological Sciences

Professor Bruce McNaughton

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

Cynthia Voly

Sociology/ Political Science

Professor Jacob Avery
Professor Jacob Avery

Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Orange County

Ethan Vu


Professor Iftekhar Ahmed

Vulnerabilities and Code Smells

Huainan Wang

Education Sciences

Professor Penelope R. Collins

An Investigation on how Social Media can Support Undergraduate STEM Learning

Jiajing Wang


Professor Sergey Nizkorodov

Photochemistry of Keto-Acids in Liquid and Solid States

Xuejie Wang

Biological Sciences

Professor Amal Alachkar

MCH Ablation Protects against Diabetes-Related Depression

Olivia Waters

Public Health Sciences

Professor Annie Ro

The Role of Socioeconomic Status in the Preterm Birth Disparity among African American Mothers and White Mothers

Claire S. Weeks

Biological Sciences

Professor Celia Faiola

Do Microbial Epiphytes on the Phyllosphere of Coastal Sage Scrub Salvia mellifera Contribute to a Significant Portion of Overall Plant Volatile Organic Compound Emissions?

Rebekah G. Wei


Professor Virginia E. Kimonis
Professor Lan Weiss

Characterization of Disease Phenotype of HSPB8 Mutant Mouse Model

Melissa G. Whitsell

Anthropology/ Psychology

Professor Eve Darian-Smith

2014 Clemency Initiative: A Statement against the Politicization of Punishment

Kristen Wong

Materials Science Engineering

Professor Martha L. Mecartney

Synthesis, Microstructure, and Thermal Conductivity of Rare-Earth Pyrochlores and High Entropy Monazites

Jinke Wu

Chemical Engineering/ Chemistry

Professor Han Li

Creating a New Electron Flowing System in Cell Metabolism

Huaiyu Xie

Biological Sciences/ Psychology

Professor Lisa A. Flanagan

Determining the Dose and Effect of Insulin, Transferrin and Bovine Serum Albumin on the Fate Choice of Human Neural Stem/Progenitor Cells

Yuya Xu

Psychology/ Criminology, Law and Society; Sociology

Professor Susanne M. Jaeggi

ADHD Subtypes and Symptom Severity as a Predictors of a Motivation Intervention Outcomes

Steven Yang

Biological Sciences/ Public Health Policy

Professor Craig Stark

Wellness and Memory

Navid Yazdanfar

Psychology/ Biology

Professor Peter Bowler

Vascular Plant Wetland Indicator Species in the Orange County

Laura Yee

Sociology/ Anthropology

Professor Evan Schofer

The Relationship between Education and Income around the World

Melany Yeung

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Michelle Khine

Implementing Conformal Strain Sensors for Fine Motor Control in Augmented and Virtual Reality

Aubrey Yuen

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Marc Madou

Effects of Planetary Conditions on Cyanobacteria using a Centrifugal Disc Platform

Yunke Zeng

Psychology/ Education

Professor Susanne M. Jaeggi

Do Children with ADHD and Dyslexia Differ in Divergent Thinking Abilities?

Claire Zeng

Biological Sciences

Professor Seyed A. Mortazavi

Usage of Immunofluorescence to Determine the Performance of Basal Forebrain Cholinergic Neuron Differentiation Protocol

Jerry J. Zhang

Biological Sciences

Professor Rosa Andrade

Evaluation of the Effect of Auranofin in a Standard Mouse Model of Acute Toxoplasmosis

Kimberly Zhang

Chemistry/ Mathematics

Professor Filipp Furche

Core Electron Binding Energy of Solvated Carboxylic and Amino Acid

Guangying Zhou

Biological Sciences/ Business Administration

Professor Tallie Z. Baram
Professor Jessica Bolton

The Effects of Early-Life Stress on Microglial Process Dynamics