Spring 2011 Grant Recipients - (M-S)

Student Name



Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Austin B. Mandoyan

Biological Sciences/ Chemistry

Professor Ian Parker

Resolving the Mechanisms Underlying the Clustered Organization of Inositol Triphosphate Receptors Using Advanced Imaging Techniques

Luisruben P. Martinez


Professor Elizabeth R. Jarvo

Enantioselective Nickel-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of Diarylethers: Synthesis of Biologically Active Diarylethanes

Nathan Mih

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Shiou-chuan Tsai

Structure-Function Relationship of Mycocerosic Acid Synthase in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

Roya Mirilavassani

Biological Sciences

Professor Andrej Luptak

Exploring Novel Tertiary Contacts Important to Ribozyme Self-Cleavage

Leila M. Nazemi

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Arash Kheradvar

Analysis of the Biocompatibility of a Novel Hybrid Tissue Material for Heart Valve Leaflets

Michelle N. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Anshu Agrawal

Regulation of Epithelial Cell function by Dendritic Cells

Hoa Nha T. Nguyen

Psychology/ Sociology

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

East Asian Relationship Norms Inventory—Planned Behavior Approach

Natalie L. Nguyen

Nursing Science

Professor Aimee L. Edinger

mTOR as a Key Player in Differing Cellular Responses to Starving Conditions

Jannett Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Aimee L. Edinger

Effects of mTOR Inhibitors on TSC2 -/- MEFs

Linda Nguyen

Biological Sciences/ Chemistry

Professor Xiaolin Zi

The Anti-Proliferative Effects and Underlying Mechanisms of a Novel Class of Selective COX-2 Inhibitors on Prostate Cancer Cells

Y T. Nguyen


Professor Yang Su

Comparison of Maoism between Revolutionary Vietnam and Cambodia

Kelly R. Novahom

Comparative Literature/ European Studies

Professor Alexander Gelley

“Glasgow’s Miles Better” Phantasmagorical Constructions of the Post Industrial City: Rethinking Glasgow through Art Nouveau

Breanna Padilla

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Botvinick

Characterizing the 3-D Micro-Environment in a Strain Gradient Device

Federico A. Palacios

Biological Sciences

Professor Celia Goulding

Crystallization of holoRv0203

Boyang Pan

Earth & Environmental Science

Professor Diane E.. Pataki

The Influence of Prey Insect and Fertilizer Application on Carbon Uptake of a Tropical Pitcher Plant, Nepenthes sanguinea

Syuzanna Petrosyan

Economics/ International Studies

Professor Daniel Brunstetter

Water Rights in the West Bank and Gaza: Implications of Unequal Policies in an Intractable Conflict

Kevin Q. Pham

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Impact of Rosa damascena on the Target of Rapamycin

Hoang X. Pham

Biological Sciences

Professor Kyoko Yokomori

Characterization of Damage-site Targeting of MMS21 E3 SUMO Ligase

Duc Phan

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Christopher C. Hughes

The Effect of Pericytes on Vessel Stabilization and Anastomosis

Kevin H. Phung

Biological Sciences/ Psychology

Professor Julie V. Patterson

Impact of Background Noise on Brain Responses to Tones in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder

Daniel D. Poochigian

History/ Classics

Professor Touraj Daryaee

Caught in the Middle: A Comparative Historiography of the Importance of Armenia amongst the Roman, Parthian, and Sassanid Empires

Srishti Prasad


Professor Jennifer A. Prescher

Expanding the Set of Bioluminescent Tools for In Vivo Imaging

Jennifer L. Prescott

English/ Creative Writing Emphasis, Spanish minor

Professor Andrea Henderson

The Gothic Legacy: From Udolpho to Austen and the Brontës

Amy E. Quanbeck


Professor Lisa Naugle

Contemporary Dance Collage in NYCI

Victor O. Ramos

Pharmaceutical Science/ Chemistry

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Treatment of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Cultured Cells by Rhodiola Rosea

Jacob T. Redmond (Messer)


Professor Alyssa A. Brewer

Case Studies of Plasticity in the Visual Cortex as a Result of Natural Recovery in Chronic Hemianopsia

Ilyssa C. Russ

English/ Anthropology Minor

Professor Jami Bartlett

Emergent Genres: Defining Guidelines, Creating Narrative, and Setting Expectations in Charles Dickens’ Victorian Novel and Early Video Games

Kathyrn T. Salvadora

Biological Sciences

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Effects of Rhodiola rosea on Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Drosophila melanogaster

Daniel R. Sandoval

Biological Sciences

Professor Christopher Hughes

Identification of Wnt 5a Receptors Involved in Angiogenesis

Thomas D. Sayles

Aerospace Engineering

Professor John C. LaRue

Passive Scalar in Grid Generated Turbulent Flow

Christoph M. Seeliger

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Kenneth Mease

UCI Rocket Project Payload Delivery and Recovery System

Noelle Sepina

African-American Studies/ Political Science

Professor Jared Sexton

U.S. Imperialism in the Philippines and the Politics of Domestic Pacification

Pablo Silva Jr.

History/ Philosophy

Professor Rachel S. O'Toole

Application of Images in Colonial Mexico

Adam G. Silver

Aerospace Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering

Professor John C. LaRue

Mixing of a Thermal Wake In High Intensity Turbulence

Hannah F. Simon

English/ Creative Writing Emphasis

Professor Ron Carlson

Short Stories Discussing the Insane by Hannah Simon

Ravi K. Solanki

Biological Sciences/ Minor: Business Management

Professor Frank L. Meyskens

nNOS-mediated NO Stress Stimulates Melanocyte Proliferation, which Contributes to Nevi-Genesis

Annie Spirka


Professor Lisa Naugle

Dance Choreography and Improvisation Intensive