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ID-SURE Awards - 2012

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

Jamie Amemiya Biological Sciences Elysia Davis Maternal Sensitivity a Possible Predictor of Cognitive Development in Relation to Gestational Age at Birth
Aisha Babb Public Health Sciences Jared Sexton, Daniel Stokols The Urban Environmental Determinants of Obesity for African Americans
Alisha Bajwa Biological Sciences Jogeshwar Mukherjee Binding of the Radioligand 18F-Mefway to the Serotonin 5-HT1A Receptor Site
Andria Gazda Biological Sciences John Whiteley Perjury, Conspiracy, and Massive Nuclear Irresponsibility: An Analysis of the Corruption that Took Place both within the Private Sector and the Government, Endangering Thousands of Americans
Bima Hasjim Biological Sciences Min Li Role of Enkephalin during the Effects of Electroacupuncture on Hypertension
Omeid Heidari Nursing Science Brandon Brown, Julie Rousseau HPV Vaccine and STI/Sexual Health Education Acceptability among a Largely Latino Population
Patrick Kahn Biomedical Engineering Michelle Khine Shrink-Induced Fluorescent Enhancement for Point-of-Care Diagnostics
Nikka Kanani Public Health Sciences David Kilgore A Survey on Patients at the UCI Family Health Center: Attitudes and Knowledge of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Sonia Kaushal Biomedical Engineering Elliot Hui Size-Selective Filtration Device for High-Throughput Study of Aging in C. elegans
Behdad Kavianpour Biological Sciences James Jester Evaluation of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplantation as a Potential Therapy for Corneal Disease by Immunofluorescent Computed Tomography (ICT)
Colin Kincaid Biomedical Engineering Elliot Hui Optogenetic Control of Stem Cell Differentiation
Sharon Kuruvilla Biomedical Engineering Jogesh Mukherjee 18F-Nifene Binding to the a42 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors (nAChRs) in the Brain
Sridivya Majji Biological Sciences Jogeshwar Mukherjee Rodent PET Evaluation of Fluorine-18 Labeled Dopamine D3 Receptor Agonist, 18F-7-OH-FHXPAT
Vy Pham Public Health Sciences Rufus Edwards Standardizing Methods of Air Monitoring for Black Carbons and Co-Emitted Carcinogens in China-Tibet
Joel Ramirez Biochemistry & Molecular Biology David Kilgore A Survey on Faculty and Residents at UCI Family Health Center: Attitudes and Knowledge
Alexis Reeves Biological Sciences John Longhurst Comparing Attitudes Preceding and Succeeding Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine Undergraduate Classes at University of California Irvine
Kevin Santiago Biomedical Engineering Michelle Khine Shrink-Film Multiscale Wrinkles for Culturing Human Embryonic Stem Cells
Jonathan Schilling Biological Sciences Anand Ganesan How Do Retinal and Retinoic Acid Regulate Melanogenesis?
Cassandra Squiers Earth & Environmental Science Richard Matthew Developing a Database of Energy Feedback Technology
Elaine Tong Criminology, Law & Society Paul Jesilow A Demographic Portrait of Physicians Excluded by the Federal Government from Medicare
Chun Wu Biomedical Engineering Michelle Khine Optimizing the Oxygen Plasma Treatment Time to Create Hydrophilicity on Super Hydrophobic Surface

Number of Proposals Submitted = 34
Number of Fellowships Awarded = 21
Number of Honorary Fellowships = 3

Total Funds Requested = $67,200
Total Funds Awarded = $31,500

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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