Spring 2015 Grant Recipients - (M-S)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Shant Malkasian

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Sabee Molloi
Professor Benjamin Ziemer

Quantification of Regional Myocardium at Risk using Computed Tomography Angiography

Ileana Matta

Biological Sciences

Professor Kavita Arora

Role of BMP ligand Dpp in Lipid Metabolism in Drosophila

Hazelene L. Merluza

Biological Sciences

Professor Hartmut Luecke

Investigation of the Effect of Small Molecule on p53 Mutant Stability and Interaction with BAK and Bcl-XL

Andy M. Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Andrej Luptak

Selection of RNA Aptamers from Human Genomic DNA Libraries by in vitro Selection

Benjamin V. Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Action of Rhodiola rosea Root Extract in Rescuing Mitochondrial Dysfunction

Tricia T. Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Aimee L. Edinger

Combinatorial Therapy with FTY720 Analogs and Small Molecule Inhibitors

Victoria B. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Geoffrey W. Abbott

Studying the Role of KCNE2 in Pancreatic Islet Cells and Ventricle Cells

Thi N. Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Weian Zhao

Development of a Rapid Test for Ebola Virus Infection by Integrated Comprehensive Droplet Digital Detection

Cindy T. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Mahtab Jafari

Evaluation of Rhodiola rosea in a Drosophila melanogaster Model of Huntington’s Disease

Hiroyuki R. Ogikubo


Professor Kenneth J. Shea

Snake Venom Inhibition by Synthesized Polymer

Danier S. Ong

Biological Sciences

Professor Aileen J. Anderson

Effect of Human Neural Stem Cell Transplantation Dose on Ascending CGRP+ Fiber Sprouting and Raphespinal Descending Serotonergic Fibers in Injured Spinal Cord

Sangbeom Park

Aerospace Engineering

Professor Yun Wang

Lithium-Ion Battery Duration Test under Different Low Temperature

Yash R. Patel

Biological Sciences

Professor Liang-Wu Fu

Role of Opioid δ-Receptors in Regulation of Ischemic Mediator-evoked Cardiac Reflex

Stephanie I. Pearlman

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered Haun

Study of Mucin 1 Glycocalyx Content through Cell Deformability

Alexandra Perebikovsky


Professor Marc Madou

Electrical and Magnetic Stimulation of Stem Cells Grown on 3D Carbon Scaffolds

Vito M. Perez

Sociology/ Switching to Film/Media Studies

Professor Tiffany Willoughby-Herard

Genocide and Home-Making: Indonesia and the Question of Race

Hanh M. Pham

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Study of Cinnamaldehyde on Alzheimer's Disease Drosophila melanogaster

Sally T. Pham

Biological Sciences

Professor Mahtab Jafari

The Impact of Angelica keiskei on Lifespan and Health Span

Jessica V. Pham

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Andrej Luptak

In Vitro Selection of Coenzyme A Aptamers

Laura Prieto Arias

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Karen S. Rook

An Investigation of Factors Associated with Loneliness in Very Old Age

Ci Ren

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

Microfluidic Devices for Capturing Circulating Tumor Cells

Jacqueline M. Ruddy

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Minor: Civic & Community Engagement

Professor Bryan Sykes

Breast Self-Examination of College Students and Perceived Risk of Breast Cancer

Samantha Ruelas


Professor Jenny Y. Yang

Investigation of bis(diphosphine) Transition Metal Complexes and their Catalytic Hydrogen Production Activity

Oliver h. Saeby

Civil Engineering

Professor Russell Detwiler

Investigation into the Mechanism of Permeability Changes Caused by Pressure Oscillations

Valery Saikaly

Biological Sciences

Professor Petra Wilder-Smith

Laser Speckle Imaging for Early Detection of Gingivitis

Steven D. Schwartz

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Brendon J. Butler
Professor Peter H. Ditto
Professor Elizabeth F. Loftus

Motivated False Memory: Associations between Political Affiliation and Misinformation

Prachi Shah

Biomedical Engineering/ Information & Computer Science Minor

Professor Bernard Choi

Point of Care Laser Speckle Imaging Device for Blood Flow Imaging & Quantification

Michael A. Shenk

Materials Science Engineering

Professor Alon A. Gorodetsky

Viscoelastic Behavior of Reflectin Solutions

Cyril G. Soliman

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

Micro-Vessel Platform