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Student Profiles 2008

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Farah Abdi
Farah Abdi
UC San Diego Brinda Rana Farah Abdi is a junior majoring in Human Biology. She worked in the lab of Dr. Brinda Rana, Psychology Department. Her project this summer was Gene Expression in the Hippocampus of Isolation Reared Mice.
Ridwa Abdi
Ridwa Abdi
UC San Diego Brinda Rana Ridwa Abdi is a junior Microbiology major. She worked in the lab of Dr. Brinda Rana, Psychology Department. Her project this summer was Gene Expression in the Hippocampus of Isolation Reared Mice.
Khadija Amin
Khadija Amin
UC San Diego Palmer Taylor Khadija Amin is a junior majoring in Pharmacological Chemistry. She worked in the lab of Dr. Palmer Taylor, School of Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Department. Her project this summer was Reversible Acetylchololinesterase Inhibition of Novel Oxime Reactivator Compounds and Their Reactivation Rate Kinetics.
Lisa Cullen
Lisa Cullen
UC San Diego Michael Croft Lisa Cullen is a sophomore majoring in General Biology. She worked in the lab of Dr. Michael Croft, La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology. Her project this summer was The Role of 4-1BB in Immunology to Vaccinia Virus.
Chris Kim
Seung (Chris) Hyun Kim
UC San Diego Robert Sah Chris Kim is a sophomore Bioengineering major. He worked in the lab of Dr. Robert Sah, Engineering Department. His project this summer was Design of Articulating Biomaterials with Spatially-Varying Properties.
Lawrence Lau
Lawrence Lau
UC San Diego David Holway Lawrence Lau is a sophomore majoring in Physiology and Neuroscience. He worked in the lab of Dr. David Holway, Biological Sciences Department. His project this summer was Linking Ntrition and Behavioral Dominance: Carbohydrate Scarcity and Territorial Aggression in Argentine Ants.
Madiha Mubin
Madiha Mubin
UC San Diego Philip Bourne Madiha Mubin is a sophomore Bioengineering major. She worked in the lab of Dr. Philip Bourne, Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Department. Her project this summer was Podcasts as Multimedia Teaching Tools in Structural Biology.
Ege Ozdemir
Ege Ozdemir
UC San Diego David Rose Ege Ozdemir is a sophomore majoring in Bioengineering. He worked in the lab of Dr. David Rose, School of Medicine. His project this summer was A Possible Role For Bcl-3 in Inflammation and its Effects Upon Nuclear Receptors.
Maria Rivas
Maria Rivas
UC San Diego Francisco Villarreal Maria Rivas is a junior Pharmacological Chemistry major. She worked in the lab of Dr. Francisco Villarreal, School of Medicine. Her project this summer was Short and Long-Term Effects of (-)-Epicatechin on Myocardial Ischemia-Reperfusion (I/R) Injury on the Rat Heart.
Aditi Sharma
Aditi Sharma
UC San Diego Jason Haga Aditi Sharma is a junior majoring in Bioengineering. She worked in the lab of Dr. Jason H. Haga, Institute of Engineering Medicine. Her project this summer was Endothelial cell remodeling induced by mechanical forces: Imaging the effects of directional shear flow and tensile stretch on endothelial actin filaments and focal adhesions.
Janice Shin
Janice Shin
UC San Diego Toshiaki Kawakami & Michael Croft Janice Shin is a junior Molecular Biology major. She worked in the lab of Dr. Toshiaki Kawakami and Dr. Michael Croft, La Jolla Institute of Allergy & Immunology. Her project this summer was Function of PLC&#946.
Yuan Tian
Yuan Tian
UC San Diego Celsa Spina

Yuan Tian is a sophomore majoring in Bioengineering. She worked in the lab of Dr. Celsa Spina, Pathology Department. Her project this summer was Use of inhibitory RNA (iRNA) to suppress histone deacetylase (HDAC) function in human primary T cells.

Peace Ozioma Uche
Peace Ozioma Uche
UC San Diego Chris Kintner & Jennifer Stubbs Peace Ozioma Uche is a junior majoring in Physiology and Neuroscience. She worked in the lab of Dr. Chris Kintner and Dr. Jennifer Stubbs, Biological Sciences Department. Her project this summer was Functional Analysis of Cilia Proteins.
Anh Vo
Anh Vo
UC San Diego Richard Firtel & Shwu-Ching "Susan" Lee Anh Vo is a junior Bioengineering major. He worked in the lab of Dr. Richard Firtel and Dr. Shwu-Ching "Susan" Lee, Biological Sciences Department. His project this summer was Regulation of Ras Function.
Kathleen Yip
Kathleen Yip
UC San Diego Pamela Mellon & Anita Iyer Kathleen Yip is a junior majoring in Biochemistry/Cell Biology. She worked in the lab of Dr. Pamela L. Mellon and Dr. Anita Iyer, Reproductive Medicine Department. Her project this summer was Characterization of Far-Upstream Enhancer Regions of the GnRH gene.
Antonio Abeyta
Antonio Abeyta
University of New Mexico Carl Ware

Antonio Abeyta is a junior majoring in Biology. He worked in the lab of Dr. Carl Ware, Biological Sciences Department. His project this summer was Function of Erythrocyte Expressed Herpesvirus Entry Mediator.

Emily Albrecht
Emily Albrecht
Concordia College J. Enrique Cometto-Muniz

Emily Albrecht is a sophomore Biology major,  She worked in the lab of Dr. J. Enrique Cometto-Muniz, Surgery Department.  Her project this summer was Concentration-Detection Functions for Human Ocular Chemosensory Perception.

Akrita Bhatnagar
Akrita Bhatnagar
George Mason University David Rose

Akrita Bhatnagar is a senior majoring in Biotechnology.  She worked in the lab of Dr. David W. Rose, Endocrinology Department.  Her project this summer was Estrogen Antagonists and Inflammation.

Hannah Chen
Hannah Chen
Cornell University Paul Price

Hannah Chen is a junior Biometry and Statistics major.  She worked in the lab of Dr. Paul Price, Biological Sciences Department.  Her project this summer was The E. Coli Cell Wall Calcifies in Human Serum.

Alexander Cigan
Alexander Cigan
Tulane University Robert Sah

Alexander Cigan is a junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering.  He worked in the lab of Dr. Robert Sah, Bioengineering Department.  His project this summer was Chamber for Mechanobiology Analysis of Articulating Cartilage.

Janise Deming
Janise Deming
Seattle University Gourisankar Ghosh Janise Deming is a junior Biochemistry major.  She worked in the lab of Dr. Gourisankar Ghosh, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department.  Her project this summer was Investigation of Self-Assembly of NF-kappaB Protein P100.
Daniel Haus
Daniel Haus
Minnesota State University Stuart Lipton

Daniel Haus ia a junior majoring in Biology.  He worked in the lab of Dr. Stuart Lipton, Neurosciences Department.  His project this summer was Nitric Oxide Downregulates Adult Neurogenesis and Neuronal Development by Reducing MEF2 Activity.

Bryan Hernandez
Bryan Hernandez
M.I.T. Clodagh O'Shea Bryan Hernandez is a junior Biomedical Engineering major.  He worked in the lab of Clodagh O'Shea, Biological Sciences Department.  His project this summer was pAd-Syn.
Joseph Knoedler
Joseph Knoedler
Carleton College Samuel Pfaff

Joseph Knoedler is a junior majoring in Biology.  He worked in the lab of Dr. Samuel Pfaff, Biological Sciences Department.  His project this summer was Expression of Evoluationarily Conserved Enhancer Regions in the Chick Spinal Cord.

Mary Rose Pascua
Mary Rose Pascua
Loyola Marymount College Dwayne Stupack

Mary Rose Pascua is a sophomore Biology major.  She worked in the lab of Dr. Dwayne Stupack, Reproductive Medicine Department.  Her project this summer was The Role of Caspase 8 and Integrins in Neuroblastoma Progression.

Yamil Ramos
Yamil Ramos
University of Texas, El Paso Robert Sah

Yamil Ramos is a sophomore majoring in Biology.  He worked in the lab of Dr. Robert Sah, Bioengineering Department.  His project this summer was Characterization of Human Femoral Head Cartilage.

Matthew San Pedro
Matthew San Pedro
San Diego State University David Rose Matthew San Pedro is a sophomore Biology major.  He worked in the lab of Dr. David Rose, Endocrinology Department.  His project this summer was The Role of Oct-1 and Inflammation in Prostate Cancer.
Tuan Tran
Tuan Tran
University of Wisconsin Shyni Varghese Tuan Tran is a sophomore majoring in Biomedical Engineering.  He worked in the lab of Dr. Shyni Varghese, Bioengineering Department.  His project this summer was Electrically Sensitive Hydrogels.chemistry and Chemistry. 
Jessica Weiss
Jessica Weiss
University of Colorado, Boulder Steven Gonias

Jessica Weiss is a junior Molecular Cell Biology and Biochemistry major.  She worked in the lab of Dr. Steven Gonias, Pathology Department.  Her project this summer was Steven Gonias- Faculty Mentor uPAR and the Effect of Cytokine Expression in 231 Cells.

Rochelle Young
Rochelle Young
Delaware State University Benjamin Yu

Rochelle Young is a junior majoring in Biology.  She worked in the lab of Dr. Benjamin Yu, School of Medicine.  Her project this summer was Identification of RAS Antagonists in the Skin and Hair.