Spring 2014 Grant Recipients - (M-S)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Robert D. Magie

Developmental & Cell Biology

Professor Jose Ranz
Professor Shudan Yeh

Characterization of the Functional Role of a Newly Evolved Gene Participating in Sperm Competitive Ability in Insects

Fatima Maqsood


Professor Namita Goyal

Clinical Variations and Treatment Responses in IgM Related Neuropathies: Retrospective Analysis of Ten-Year Experience at UC Irvine

Katherine M. Martinez

Sociology/ Minor: Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

The Role of Abuelos on Latina/o College Students' Experiences: A Psychosociocultural Analysis

Timna Medovoy

Political Science

Professor Cecelia Lynch

Emerging Sociopolitical Perceptions and Realignments in Post-Revolution Egypt: The Case of Liberal Youth in Cairo

Tabitha F. Miller


Professor Shane A. Ardo

Engineering Neutral Regions in Nanofluidic Diodes for Future Sensitization in Light Driven Proton Pumps

Ryan Mui

Biological Sciences

Professor Catherine Loudon

Physical Insecticides: Three-Dimensional Analysis of Plant Trichomes

Dara D. Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science/ Minor: Sociology

Professor Geoffrey W. Abbott

Understanding the Role of KCNE2 Deletion in Cardiovascular Disease

Benjamin V. Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Action of Rhodiola rosea Root Extract on Carbohydrate Metabolism

Andy M. Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Andrej Luptak

In vitro Selection of an Adenosine 3‘,5‘- Cyclic Monophosphate RNA Aptamer from a Genomic Library

Cecilia H. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Mathew Blurton-Jones

The Effects of TREM2 Mutations on Microglial Phagocytosis of Amyloid-Beta

Nicolas N. Ong

Biological Sciences

Professor Lbachir BenMohamed

Identification of CD4+ Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte Epitopes from Herpes Simplex Virus Virion Protein 11/12

Christina M. Owens


Professor Scott Rychnovsky

Synthesis of Key Precursors towards Lycopodium Alkaloid (+)-Fastigiatine

Stephanie I. Pearlman

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Jered Haun

Study of Changes in Cell Mechanophenotype through shRNA-Inockout of Vimentin

Hoang M. Pham

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

Effects of Green Tea Polyphenols on Iron Relating Proteins in Drosophila melanogaster Lifespan and Fertility

Mackenzie G. Poole

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

Induced Autophagy following Treatment with Rhodiola Root in Drosophila melanogaster

Serena Porter

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Elliott Currie

A Comparison of Quantitative and Qualitative Models for Predicting Risks of Genocide and Mass Atrocities

Maaikee Kiyoe A. Pronda

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Elliot Hui

Fabrication of Device for Trapping and Imaging of Hydra 

Celine Qussiny

Comparative Literature/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Sohail Daulatzai

Constructing a Palestinian Identity through Hip-Hop: Uniting Palestinians across the Diaspora

Shannon C. Ramsden

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

Extension of Drosophila Lifespan by Green Tea through the Inhibition of Dietary Iron

Hassan R. Rassmy

International Studies/ Political Science

Professor Daniel Brunstetter

A Comparative Analysis of LGBT Rights in Turkey and the Czech Republic: Identity, Politics, and Society

Diane Rhee


Professor Marcelo A. Wood

The Role of HDAC3 in Updating Memory during Reconsolidation

Keith M. Sakata


Professor Marcelo A. Wood

The Role of BAF53b in Social Recognition Memory

Shae V. Schlegel


Professor Gregory A. Weiss

N-Terminal Myristoylation of cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase A

Jacquelyn L. Shader

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Sarah Pressman

Social Support Seeking Behaviors and Cardiac Reactivity

Jiefang Shen


Professor Angela Lukowski

Understanding the Effects of Sleep in Adults

Christopher H. Shum

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor An H. Do
Professor Zoran Nenadic

EEG and Evoked Potentials for Brain Lesion Localization

Manpreet Singh

Biological Sciences

Professor Olga Razorenova

Determining Synthetic Lethality in VHL Deficient Renal Cell Carcinoma Cell Lines using Various Drugs in the Presence or Absence of HIF1a and VHL Expression

Lidia Smirnova

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered Haun

Creation of a MATLAB Program for Unbiased Quantification of Cell Deformation

Edwin A. Solares

Biomedical Computing

Professor Richard Lathrop

Semi-Automation of Small Molecule Selection through the Use of Computational Analysis and A Web Based User Interface

Andy Sua

Chemistry/ Biological Sciences

Professor Andrej Luptak

In vitro Selection for a Terbium Dependent Self-Cleaving Ribozyme

Amanda Summers


Professor Andrej Luptak

In vitro Selection for DNA Aptamers Specifically Recognizing Ovarian Cancer Cells

Kaitlin n. Summers


Professor Chad Hall

American Dance Festival