Summer 2017

Poster Presentations by the School of Science Summer Research Program Participants

Enrique Carrera

Tyrosinase Inhibition via the Halogenation of Stilbenes

Mentor: Dr. Valerie Burke (Chemistry)


Kyla Cole

Environmental toxin effects on Xenopus laevis embryo growth and development.

Mentor: Dr. Sonya Schuh (Biology) Report


Kirsti Dunckel

Impact of community dynamics on osmobiosis in Tardigrades. (Phylum Tardigrada)

Mentor: Dr. David Chambers (Biology)


Amanda Hassard

Synthesis and investigation of Resorcinol derivatives.

Mentor: Dr. Valerie Burke (Chemistry) Report


Rachel Henley

The expression and significance of γ-Secretase in BMP-Initiated dendritic growth.

Mentor: Dr. Vidya Chandrasekaran (Biology) Report


Moises Hernandez

Modeling Mitochondrial Intermediate Peptidase structure and activity.

Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Sigman (Chemistry) Report


Brittany Jensen

Trials and tribulations of replicating established colorimetric enzymatic activity assays for S-Adenosyl-Homocysteine Hydrolase (SAHHASE)

Mentor: Dr. James Pesavento (Biology)


Juliann Jugan

Endo- and ectoparasitism associated with elevated androgens and corticosteroids in male coast range fence lizards. (Sceloporus occidentalis bocourtii)

Mentor: Dr. David Chambers (Biology)


Kellen Kitzman

Effects of oil and natural gas production on surface-level ozone.

Mentor: Dr. Joel Burley (Chemistry)


Linxin Liu

Ranking system of Multiplayer contests.

Mentor: Dr. Andrew Conner (Mathematics)


Kate Maurey

Synthesis of immoblilized radicals to improve dynamic nuclear polarization-enhanced MRIat 6.5 mT.

Mentor: Dr. Mark Lingwood (Chemistry)


Elisa Rapadas

Culture is practice: Comparing cultural competency of counselors from Guam and the San Francisco bay area.

Mentor: Dr. Mark Barajas  (Psychology) Report


Joe Sperling

Expression and characterization of human Mitochondrial Intermediate Peptidase

Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Sigman (Chemistry)


Maya Szafraniec

Temporal and spatial trends of the ozone weekend effect in Southern California.

Mentor: Dr. Joel Burley (Chemistry) Report


Meagan Lasecke and Clarissa Velez

The impact of the pratfall effect and gender on ratings of likeability.

Mentor: Dr. Emily Hause (Psychology)


Marcus Viscardi

In vivo study of conserved glycined riboswitches by novel combinations of mutations to ligand-binding and dimerization regions.

Mentor: Dr. Karen Ruff (Chemistry)


Katherine Whiting

Molecular mechanisms underlying dendritic growth in sympathetic neurons.

Mentor: Dr. Vidya Chandrasekaran (Biology)


Fabiola Zaragoza

Towards establishment of a gene-knockdown strategy to study  methyltransferases in the green microalgae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Mentor: Dr. Jim Pesavento (Biology)