Spring 2012 Grant Recipients - (A-F)

Student Name



Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Zohal Abdurahman

Political Science/ Anthropology, Conflict Resolution

Professor Daniel Brunstetter
Professor Christine Hegel

Socially Defined Role of Afghan Women and Their access to Education

Mohamad H. Abedi

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

Pneumatic Logic Gate Optimization

Amirali Aghili

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Anshu Agrawal

Age-Related Changes in the Function of Dendritic Cells in the Respiratory System

Jamie L. Amemiya

Biological Sciences/ Minor - Cognitive Psychology

Professor Elysia Davis

Maternal Sensitivity a Possible Predictor of Cognitive Development in Relation to Gestational Age at Birth

Jamie Amemiya

Biological Sciences/ Minor - Cognitive Psychology

Professor Donna Schuele

Perceptions from the Inside: Surveying Female Inmates’ View of Causal Factors of Their Incarceration

Bryan Au

Biological Sciences

Professor Ann Sakai
Professor Stephen Weller

Changes In Pollen Size After Two Generations Of Artificial Selection In Schiedea salicaria (Caryophyllaceae)

Aisha P. Babb

Public Health Sciences

Professor Jared Sexton
Professor Daniel Stokols

Urban Environmental Determinants of Obesity in African Americans

Arya M. Baghkhanian


Professor James S. Nowick

Studies of Tetramer Formation through 1H-15N HSQC and Click Chemistry

Eddie Bonilla

Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Rodolfo Torres

Searching for a Home: Here or There?

Everardo Camacho

Biomedical Engineering

Professor An H. Do
Professor Zoran Nenadic

Interfacing of a Brain-Computer System with a Motorized Wheelchair

Katharine L. Cary

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Professor Ann K. Sakai
Professor Stephen G. Weller

Demography of Fountain Grass Populations in Central Orange County

Carolus L. Chan

Biological Sciences/ Education

Professor Jose M. Ranz

Molecular Characterization of Fragile Regions in Drosophila willistoni

Kevin Cheng


Professor Zhibin Guan

Utilization of Hydrogen Bonds to Prepare Dynamic Nanocomposites

Bianca Christensen

Chemical Engineering

Professor Elizabeth R. Jarvo

A Methodical Approach to the Synthesis of 1,1-Diarylethanes Containing Sensitive Substituents

Michael a. Corrado

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

In vivo Imaging of a Stem Cell Niche

Scott C. Coste


Professor Matt Law

Synthesis of Nanocrystalline P-Type Semiconductors for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Alexandra L. Crampton

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Steven C.. George

Modification Vasculature Structure in Microtissues with Cytokine Exposure

Matthew B. Curtis

Biomedical Engineering/ Music

Professor Steven C. George

The Effects of Oxygen Preconditioning on the Vascularization of Thick Tissues for Implantation

Chase T. Davis

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Wendy F. Liu

Investigating the Role of Substrate Mechanics on Macrophage Polarization

Lianne E. Devera

Chemistry/ Biology

Professor William J. Cooper

Benzophenone Derivatives as Potential Models for Triplet-Excited State Natural Organic Matter?

Nathaniel J. Directo

History/ mechanical engineering

Professor Kathryn Ragsdale

A Lost Generation in Animation: Understanding Japan's Socially Ill Through Anime

Justin Do

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Elliot Hui

Fabrication and Optimization of Device for Control of Single Cell Pair Contacts

Brandon W. Dueitt

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Arash Kheradvar

Vortex Pair Interaction in Biannular Mitral Repair Technologies

Brandon W. Dueitt

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Arash Kheradvar

Vortex Interactions In Bi-annular Mitral Repair Technologies

Hazel A. Eng

English/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Stephanie Reich

Does Location and Crowding Have an Effect on Prosocial and Aggressive Behaviors in a Childcare Setting?

Tcharles Fagundes

Biological Sciences

Professor Feng Liu
Professor Frank L. Meyskens

Development of Combination Treatment Approaches for BRAF-mutant Malignant Melanoma

Yen Chi Fang

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

Post-assembly Laser Cutting in Microfluidic Glass Devices

Natasha Felsinger

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Michelle Khine

Optimizing Covalent Linkage onto Metal Nanostructures for Enhanced Fluorescence Sensing

Sarah L. Ferrara

Biological Sciences

Professor Hans Keirstead

Regenerative Strategies for Spinal Cord Injury

Tessa E. Frey

Art History

Professor Lyle Massey

Portraits of Wives and Courtesans during the Venetian Renaissance