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ID-SURE Awards - 2009

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

Suzan Al-Teir Biological Sciences Professor Ira T. Lott,
Professor Christy L. Hom
Ethnicity and its Effects on Treatment Compliance, Therapeutic Errors, Elopement, and Psychiatric Hospitalizations
Jessica Arzate Anthropology Professor Michael Montoya The National Children’s Study and the Applicability of Community-Based Participatory Action Research Methods
Sundeep S. Basra Biological Sciences, Chemistry Professor Luis P. Villarreal Antibody Targeting of Phosphatidylserine Produces a Cytokine Microenvironment that Enhances Innate Anti-Viral Immune Responses
Lucas Chan English, Biology Professor Stephen Wechsler Effect of Mutant LAT miRNA H2 on Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Latency and Reactivation
Hoi Cheung Cheung Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Susan T. Charles Cardiovascular Reactivity to Interpersonal Stressor as a Function of Neuroticism in Relation to Coping Styles
Jennifer V. Dede Biomedical Engineering Professor Nathan Wong Hypertension Associated with Global Cardiovascular Risk and Extent of Treatment and Control within Risk Groups
Huzaifa Hakimuddin Biological Sciences Professor Devin K. Binder Regulation of Angiogenic Factors in the Mouse Intrahippocampal Kainic Acid Model of Epileptogenesis
Stephanie C. Hammel Chemistry, Biological Sciences Minor Professor Athan J. Shaka The Kinetic Isotope Effect: A Method to Slow Aging? In vivo Measurements in Drosophila Melanogaster
Nancy Herrera Psychology & Social Behavior Professor Jeanett Castellanos Latina Undergraduates’ Well-Being: A Psychosociocultural Perspective
Nelson Hsu Unaffiliated Professor Yi-hong Zhou Suppression of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A
Janet Lee Biological Sciences Professor Nathan D. Wong Investigation on the Effect of Pulmonary Disease on Global Risk Scores for Cardiovascular Events
Paul Y. Lee Physics Professor Michael Dennin Study of Pulmonary Surfactants during Respiration by use of Langmuir Monolayers
Marym R. Mohammady Public Health Sciences Professor Hoda Anton-Culver,
Professor Michael Montoya,
Professor Erin Kent
An Investigation of the Impact of Health Insurance Status on Cancer Outcomes in Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs)
Nina K. Nguyen Biological Sciences Professor Bruce Blumberg Regulation of adipogenesis via TBT regulation of glucocorticoid levels
Brian D. Nguyen Chemical Engineering Professor William J. Cooper Free Radical Degradation of Anti-Depressant Pharmaceuticals
Melissa N. Nguyen Psychology Professor Ira T.. Lott,
Professor Christy L.. Hom
The Effects of Residential Placement on Rates of Psychiatric Hospitalization, Elopement, Compliance with Treatment Recommendations, and Medication Error
Elaine Nguyen Neurobiology Professor Bernard Choi Utilizing Wide-Field Imaging (WiFI) to Monitor the Hemo-dynamic and Metabolic Changes Associated with Focal Cerebral Ischemia
Christopher T. Pham Biological Sciences Professor Ira Lott The Effects of Differential Diagnoses of Psychiatric Disorders on Compliance, Therapeutic Error, and Efficacy of Treatment
Priyanka Saxena Biological Sciences Professor Erin E. Kent,
Professor Michael J. Montoya,
Professor Hoda Anton-Culver
Assessing the Attitudes and Perceptions Toward Cancer Clinical Trials in a Healthy Adolescent and Young Adult Population at the University of California, Irvine
Aishwarya Sridharan Neurobiology Professor Anshu Agrawal Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells and Age-related Immunosenescence
Victor Sun Biomedical Engineering Professor Wangcun Jia Safety and Efficacy of Topical Rapamycin for Inhibiting Regeneration of Photo-Coagulated Blood Vessels
Travis C. Tucker Biological Sciences, Biological Sciences/Spanish Professor Petra E. Wilder-Smith An Alternative to Surgical Biopsy Using Varied Lengths of Microneedles and Gold Nanoparticles

Number of Proposals Submitted = 23
Number of Fellowships Awarded = 22
Number of Honorary Fellowships = 0

Total Funds Requested = $52,800
Total Funds Awarded = $42,700

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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