Spring 2017 Grant Recipients - (A-F)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Karim E. Abdelaal

Biological Sciences

Professor Sunil Gandhi

Dissecting the Circuits of the Mouse Central Visual System using Brain Clearing and Single Cell Functional Imaging

Jonathan D. Agena

Asian American Studies

Professor Judy T. Wu

#AAIronFist: A Study of Asian American Representation and Superhero-Race Power Dynamics in U.S. Television and Film

William Agnew

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

Mechanically Modulated Cardiomyocyte Alignment Study

Sylvia Alejo

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Melanie Cocco

Structural Studies of Reticulon-4

Annika A. Alejo

Dance/ Anthropology

Professor Molly Lynch

Artistic Sustainability

Dania Alfeerawi

Chemical Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering

Professor Martha Mecartney
Professor Kenta Ohtaki

Thermal Conductivity of Multicomponent LaPO4 Doped with Rare Earth Elements

Elizabeth Andrews

Biological Sciences

Professor Stefania Forner
Professor Frank LaFerla

Impact of Extracellular Versus Intracellular A on the Actin Cytoskeleton in Alzheimer’s Disease

Mary A. Angadol


Professor William J. Evans

Exploring Tris(cyclopentadienyl) Complexes of Zr(II) and Hf(II)

Jasmin Grace J. Arabit

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor Mahtab Jafari
Professor Samuel Schriner

Rhodiola rosea may Improve Symptoms of Huntington’s Disease in a Fly Model

Mahima Avanti

Biological Sciences

Professor Viginia Kimonis

Late Onset of Bone Density in Pompe Disease Patients with Possible Therapeutic Effects by Exercise

Jennifer Barrientos

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Wendy Liu

Studying Macrophage Response to Cyclic Biaxial Stretch

Jade Barrilleaux

Earth System Science

Professor Katherine Mackey

Chromatic Adaptation of Coastal Synechococcus to Varying Iron Levels following Iron Limitation

Eduardo G. Becerra

Biological Sciences

Professor Bin Lin
Professor Magdalene Seiler

Using Electroretinography to Study Vision Improvement by hESC Derived Retina Organoid Transplantation in Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) Nude Rats

Monica Bekhit

Biological Sciences

Professor Frances M. Leslie

Limbic Changes in Adolescent Microglia after Nicotine Exposure and the Effect of 5HT1A Receptor Antagonism

Nayana S. Bhaskar

Public Health Sciences/ Public Health Policy

Professor Dara Sorkin

Understanding the Impact of Traumatic Life Events on the Development of Major Depression (MDD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among Cambodian Refugees

Amanda N. Bishop

Education Sciences/ (Minors: Psychology and Social Behavior, English)

Professor Susanne M. Jaeggi

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in Relation to Learning and Performance: College Undergraduate Students

Kasuni K. Bodinayake

Biological Sciences

Professor Marcelo A. Wood

The Role of the Calcium RESponsive Transactivator (CREST) in the Nucleus Accumbens Core in the Formation of Cocaine-Associated Memories

Kyle T. Brumm

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Wendy Liu

Regulation of Macrophage Behavior by Cyclic Uniaxial Stretch

Belen M. Cairo

Earth System Science/ Urban Studies

Professor Katherine Mackey

Prochlorococcus among Southern California’s Invisible Forest

Kyle J. Callahan

Physics/ N/A

Professor Roger McWilliams

He-Ne and Diode Laser Project

Michael S. Carson

Chemical Engineering

Professor Ali Mohraz

Development of High-Performance Electrochemical Cells utilizing BIJEL-Derived Structures

Carol Chen

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Jered B. Haun

Use of Gold Nanorods in the Detection of Cancer Biomarkers

Howard Chen

Computer Science/ Statistics (Minor)

Professor Richert K. Wang

Designing Hands-On Curriculum for Cybersecurity Education

Carlene Chinn


Professor Jorge Busciglio

The Anti-Epileptic Drug Levetiracetam may Epigenetically Regulate Genes to Prevent Cognitive Impairment

Loise Cho

Biological Sciences

Professor Lisa Flanagan

Relationship of Neural Cell Fate and N-Glycan Modified Integrins

Madeline D. Collins

Korean Literature & Culture

Professor Kyung Hyun Kim

Problems of Cultural Assimilation for North Korean Refugees in South Korea

Brodric J. Cormier

Data Science

Professor Mitul Mehta

A Large Retrospective Study of Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging of the Retina in Cataract and Refractive Surgery Patients

Boonyarit Daraphant

International Studies

Professor Laura Enriquez
Professor Judy T. Wu

Documenting Undocumented Stories through Art

Abigail Diaz

Criminology, Law & Society/ Psychology and Social Behavior

Professor Jessica Z. Klemfuss

Are Juvenile Offender Arrest Narratives Associated with Positive Behavior Outcomes?

Phuc T. Do

Biological Sciences

Professor Rahul Warrior

A Developmental Delay in Drosophila Caused by Eukaryotic Initiation Factor 2A

Danny Duong

Chemical Engineering

Professor Jered B. Haun
Professor Xiaolong Qiu

Microfluidic Device for the Mechanical Dissociation of Tissues into Single Cells

Amal G. El Ali

Biological Sciences

Professor Rachel Martin

Drosera capensis Protein Analysis

Irma B. Fernandez

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Jered B. Haun

Improving Trans-Cyclooctone Reactivity on Antibodies for Molecular Imaging