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ID-SURE Awards - 2007

Congratulations to the following students for receiving a Inter-Disciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ID-SURE) Fellowship in support of their faculty-mentored research projects and creative activities.

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Christopher A. Allen Psychology Professor Jeanett Castellanos,
Professor Caesar D. Sereseres
Depression and Suicide Ideation Among Filipino/a, Korean and Vietnamese American Undergraduates: A Psychosocialcultural Study
Jaclyn Barrera Developmental & Cell Biology Professor Petra Wilder-Smith Early Detection of Temporomandibular Disorders Using Optical Coherence Tomography
Kim Q. Bui Biological Sciences Professor John J. Krolewski Small Molecule Inhibitors of Interleukin-Dependent Prostate Cancer Growth
Helen C. Chen Chemical Engineering Professor Szu-Wen Wang Covalent Linkage of Model Drug Molecules to Molecular Carrier
Eddie C. Erazo Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Sally Dickerson The Effect of Burnout on Cortisol Responses to a Laboratory Stressor Task
Youssef M. Farhat Biomedical Engineering Professor Bernard Choi Monte Carlo Simulation to Model the Effect of Multiple Scattering on Flow Determination in Laser Speckle Imaging
Joseph A. Hazani Biomedical Engineering Professor Abraham P. Lee,
Professor Kenneth J. Shea
A Device and Method to Remove Excess Glucose in the Small Intestine for Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity
Marissa A. Holmbeck Biological Sciences Professor Douglas C. Wallace Urogenital Cancers in Mitochondrial DNA Heteroplasmic Mice
Joshua C. Icuss Biomedical Engineering Professor Zoran Nenadic EEG Eye Tracker – Low Cost Alternative to Optical Trackers with Robustness Against Environmental Conditions
Aditi Iyengar Biological Sciences Professor Lawrence Marsh Development of New Drosophila Models of Polyglutamine Disorders to Characterize Common Pathomechanisms
Amanda Janesick Genetics, Minor: Mathematics Professor Bruce Blumberg Identification of Gene Regulatory Networks Under Control of Retinoic Acid Receptors During Early Development
Kameran R. Johnson Developmental & Cell Biology Professor Bruce Blumberg The Role of SXR in Breast Cancer Stem Cells
Tiffany A. Key Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Ilona S. Federenko,
Professor Raymond W. Novaco
Through the Eyes of an Aggressor: Self-Reported Disposition for Aggression and Anger Reactivity in Relation to Stress Response, Threat Perception, and Health Consequences
Michael J. Klopfer Biomedical Engineering Professor Fan-Gang Zeng Comparison of Understanding of Reversed Speech in Tonal and Non-Tonal Languages
Shiney M. Koshy Biological Sciences Professor Anand K. Ganesan Thyroid Releasing Hormone Receptor: A Novel Target for Melanoma Chemotherapy
Itamar Livnat Biological Sciences Professor Grant MacGregor Analyzing the Mechanism of Tubulin Polyglutamylation and its Function During Spermatogenesis in Mice
Kimia Menhaji Genetics Professor J. L. Marsh Suitable Site for Targeted Insertions in Transgenic HD Drosophila
Alejandro Y. Perez Biomedical Engineering Professor Nathan D. Wong Metabolic Syndrome Prevalence Among Youth in the NHANES4 2003-2004 Dataset
Kevin C. Pham Biological Sciences Professor Paolo Sassone-Corsi Drosophila Circadian Regulator dCLOCK is a Histone Acetyltransferase?
Jessica S. Pharar Biological Sciences Professor Petra Wilder-Smith Photosensitization and Photodestruction by Zila® Tolonium Chloride (ZTC™) In Oral Dysplasia and Malignancy
Tracy Pimentel Criminology, Law & Society Professor Paul D. Jesilow Uncovering Weaknesses in Health Care Data
Zachary R. Richardson Biological Sciences Professor Anand K. Ganesan Melanoma Cellular Pathways Linked to Chemoresistance
Kulginder S. Sran Biological Sciences Professor Petra Wilder-Smith A Non-Invasive Optical Approach to In Vivo Periodontitis Under Diabetes Mellitus
Sevan Torossian Biological Sciences Professor Michael Demetriou Regulation of CNS Autoimmunity Through ?1,6GlcNAc Branched N-glycans Alterations by 1?,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1?,25-Vitamin D3)
Lindsey T. Vo Economics, pursuing a double major in Biology Professor Jeanett Castellanos Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help in Vietnamese Americans
Andrew D. Vu Biological Sciences Professor Petra Wilder-Smith,
Professor Jae Ho Baek
Oral Care Self Efficacy Education For Underserved Population of El Testerazo, Mexico

Number of Proposals Submitted = 29
Number of Fellowships Awarded = 29
Number of Honorary Fellowships = 0

Total Funds Requested = $69,600
Total Funds Awarded = $62,400

For more information, please contact:

Said M. Shokair, Director
Inter-Disciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ID-SURE)
Student Services II, Suite 2300
Phone: 824-4189 e-mail:

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