Spring 2012 Grant Recipients - (M-S)

Student Name



Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Melinda J. Malley

Mechanical Engineering/ English

Professor Mark Bachman

Magnetic Coupling in a Direct Hearing Device

Maritza Mantilla

Political Science/ International Studies

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Chile: Women in Public Office

Justin S. Matsuura

Biological Sciences

Professor Olivier Civelli
Professor Lien Wang

Study on the Analgesic Effect of a Compound from Corydalis Yanhusuo W.T.

Melissa A. McManus

Microbiology & Immunology/ Art History

Professor Angela Lukowski
Professor Stephanie Reich

The Effects on Infant Imitation and Memory Retention from Skype, Video, and Live Demonstrations

Indrani Mikkilineni

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

Malaria Diagnosis using Microplatforms with Optical Detection

Stephen W. Mock

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Michelle Khine

Using Photolithography and Oxygen Plasma Etching Techniques to Design Optimized Superhydrophobic Surfaces on Open Microfluidic Chips

Sophia N. Nguyen

Business Economics

Professor Gary Richardson

The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act's Effect on the Great Depression

Phoebe Nguyen

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Wendy Liu

The Role of the Extracellular Matrix in Regulating Bone-Marrow Derived Macrophage Phenotype

Y Nguyen


Professor Raul Fernandez

The University Factory System

Adrienne K. Nguyen

History/ Anthropology

Professor Emily S. Rosenberg

War or Conflict: The History/Memory of Vietnam, Race, and Second Generation Vietnamese Americans

Y Nguyen


Professor Yang Su

Contradictions, The Chinese Revolution and its Influences

Phuongchi Nguyen

Chemistry/ Biology

Professor Frank L. Meyskens

The Role of Aurora Kinases in Chromium-Induced Melanomagenesis

Jessica M. O'Neill


Professor Jennifer A. Prescher

Development Of Novel Luciferin Analogs

Michelle A. Oei

Biological Sciences/ Chemistry

Professor David M. Gardiner

Expression of FGF and Cell Surface HSPGs in Regenerating Limbs of an Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)

Eliana Oropeza

Biological Sciences

Professor Anshu Agrawal

The impact of aging on bronchial epithelial cell function

Avinash B. Patel

Biological Sciences

Professor Shiou-Chuan Tsai

Determining the Structure and Function of Monooxygenases BexI, BexE and BexM, Involved in the Biosynthesis of BE-7585A

Elliot Persico

Physics/ Studio Art

Professor Jing Xia

Development of a Scanning Sagnac Magneto-optic Microscope for Characterizing Spintronic Nanostructures

Hiep-Huy Pham

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Christopher Hughes

Optimizing Extracellular Matrix Proteins for Maximum Microvessel Network Formation

Hyung B. Phouasalit

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Hui

Tumor-Fibroblast Expression Patterns Induced by Short Range Paracrine Signaling and the Effects of Spatially Activating the Wnt Pathway

Miranda J. Ramirez

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Steven George

Biaxial High-Throughput Mechanical Stimulation Cell Culture System

Kendy A. Rios Gonzalez


Professor Jeanett Castellanos

What Risk Factors Effect Early On-Set Alzheimer’s Disease in the Latina/o Community?

Merna E. Salama

Chemical Engineering/ Materials Science (minor)

Professor Jesse Angle
Professor Martha Mecartney

Improving Mechanical and Electrochemical Properties of Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Composites

Vladimir Satchouk


Professor Sabee Molloi

A Novel Multi-Source X-ray System for Cardiac Tomosynthesis and Computerized Tomography

Ashley Scott

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Elliot Hui

Characterizing Cell Migration through Juxtacrine-Permeable Membranes—A Novel Platform for Separable Co-Culture

Golroxan Shoa

Biological Sciences

Professor Alyssa Brewer

Encoding Simple and Complex Objects into Visual Working Memory

Dattanand M. Sudarshana

Microbiology & Immunology

Professor Melissa B. Lodoen

Identifying the role of IFN-γ-Mediated Antimicrobial Response to Toxoplasma Gondii Following Costimulatory Receptor Ligation