CSSF Project Listings: 2017
Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology

Senior Division

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S0501
Lauren S. Adachi, Grade 11
Optimizing Light-Controllable Proteins for Optogenetics Experiments
Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Van Haren
School: Lowell High School, San Francisco, San Francisco County
S0502 — Honorable Mention
Nadley E. Aisuan, Grade 11
The Effect of Tocotrienol on Apoptosis
Advisor: Ms. Guadalupe Valero
School: Rialto High School, Rialto, San Bernardino County
S0503 — Fourth Place
Mythri Ambatipudi, Grade 11
Combating Embryonic Neurovirulence of Zika and Flaviviruses Using InSilico Phylogenetic Analysis and RNAi Gene Silencing
Advisor: Mrs. Linda Segal
School: St. Francis High School, Mountain View, Santa Clara County
S0504
Benjamin S. An, Grade 11
Frank M. Liu, Grade 11
Efficacy of BIBR1532 in Combination with Nutrient Deprivation on Reduction of Cell Viability in MCF7 and HT1080
Advisor: Dr. Xiaoling Li, Ms. Katherine Ward
School: Aragon High School, San Mateo, San Mateo County
S0505 — Second Place
Rohan Arora, Grade 11
Venkat V. Krishnan, Grade 11
Designing an Innovative Multi-Faceted Smart Drug for Lung Cancer: Revolutionizing Targeted Cancer Treatment
Advisor: <none acknowledged>, Mr. Joshua Baker
School: American High School, Fremont, Alameda County
S0506 — Honorable Mention
Catherine S. Beaudin, Grade 11
Biocompatible Microdroplets: A Paradigm Shift in the Reversal of Atherosclerosis
Advisor: Ms. Cathy Messenger
School: Los Gatos High School, Los Gatos, Santa Clara County
S0507 — Third Place
Matthew H. Bronars, Grade 12
Jason S. Provol, Grade 12
Metabolomic Analysis as a Method of Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Advisor: Mrs. Elaine Gillum
School: Scripps Ranch High School, San Diego, San Diego County
S0508
Stephany R. Brundage, Grade 11
Definite and Random Theoretical Probability when Determining a 10-Locus Genotype for Color on a Rabbit
Advisor: Mrs. Erin Vaccaro
School: Willits Charter School, Willits, Mendocino County
S0509
Benjamin N. Cheng, Grade 10
Creating a More Efficient Cellulase for Biofuel Production
Advisor: Dr. Joel Cohen
School: Nueva Upper School, San Mateo, San Mateo County
S0510
Nathaniel G. Chien, Grade 11
Analyzing Proteins of the BCL-2 Domain: Exploring the Potential of Protein Mimetics in Cancer Immunotherapy
Advisor: Dr. Jerry Tsai
School: Lincoln High School, Stockton, San Joaquin County
S0511
Aditya A. Guru, Grade 11
Identification of Mutations in a Novel Gene Responsible for Blindness
Advisor: Ms. Julia Newman
School: Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, San Diego County
S0512
Vivian Hoang, Grade 11
Trevina Tan, Grade 11
Plant Defense Transcription: Who Is in Control, the Plant or Pathogen?
Advisor: Dr. Mary Beth Mudgett
School: Irvington High School, Fremont, Alameda County
S0513
Samantha N. Johnson, Grade 11
The Effects of Melatonin on Tau Hyperphosphorylation in Hypothermic SH-SY5Y Cells
Advisor: Dr. Zin Htway
School: Thousand Oaks High School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
S0514
Maanasi Kademani, Grade 9
A Comparative Study on the Effectiveness of Plant Based AChE Inhibitors and Drug AChE Inhibitors for Treatment of AD
Advisor: Mrs. Michele Hampton
School: King (Martin Luther, Jr.) High School, Riverside, Riverside County
S0515
Shreyas G. Kallingal, Grade 9
Computationally Designing Antibodies for Target Proteins to Create a Novel Test to Detect Schistosomes in Water
Advisor: Mr. Clifton Simms
School: Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, Alameda County
S0516 — First Place
Benjamin C. Liu, Grade 10
A Fully-Integrated Lab-On-A-Chip Device for RNA Sample Preparation, Amplification, and Detection for Disease Diagnostics
Advisor: Dr. Liu Hui
School: Arcadia High School, Arcadia, Los Angeles County
S0517
Catherine G. McQueen, Grade 10
The Effect of Ultraviolet Light on the Production of Cholecalciferol in Heavy Cream
Advisor: Ms. Katherine Phillips
School: San Marcos Senior High School, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
S0518
Kalyan Nath, Grade 11
Spectral Phasor Protein Characterization of Huntington's Disease for Early Onset Diagnosis
Advisor: Ms. Shannon Bunch
School: University High School, Irvine, Orange County
S0519
Onyinyechi C. Onyeador, Grade 11
Non-autonomous Cell Proliferation Regulation by Endothelial PAK2
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Stockton
School: Palos Verdes High School, Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles County
S0520
Samiha Reza, Grade 10
Escherichia coli Potassium Binding Protein as a Potassium Ion Inhibitor
Advisor: Mr. Ariel Haas
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
S0521
Emma R. Schaefer-Whittall, Grade 10
Maximizing the Concentration of Anti-Cancer Alkaloids in Vinca major
Advisor: Mrs. Claire Spitzer
School: Scotts Valley High School, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz County
S0522
Zachary A. Shah, Grade 11
Michelle T. Tang, Grade 11
Hormonal Regulation of Hexosaminidase: Implications for Tay-Sachs Disease
Advisor: Dr. Rita Huff
School: Valley Christian High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S0523
Ilene M. Shturman, Grade 11
The Effect of the Genistein, an Isoflavone Commonly Produced from Soy, on the Growth of Breast Cancer Cell Lines
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Sanders
School: Western Sierra Collegiate Academy, Rocklin, Placer County
S0524
Julia Situ, Grade 10
Role of Circular RNAs in Drosophila Innate Immunity
Advisor: Dr. Rui Zhou
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
S0525
Arvind P. Sridhar, Grade 12
Toward Precision Medicine: Harnessing Graphene Hydrogels, iPSCs, and Computational Models for Cardiac Tissue Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Oscar Abilez
School: Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S0526
Pavithra Sundaravaradan, Grade 10
Cheaper Cancer Detection: An Immunoassay Kit
Advisor: Dr. Damon Meyer
School: Mira Loma High School, Sacramento, Sacramento County
S0527 — Honorable Mention
Brian Xia, Grade 12
Molecular Basis for Developing Single Molecule Based Anti-Aging Therapies to Prevent Aging Related Diseases in Humans
Advisor: Dr. Dustin Schones
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
S0528 — Honorable Mention
Daniel D. Zhang, Grade 11
Genome-Based Discovery of Novel CpG Biomarkers for Early Diagnosis and Prognosis of Leukemia
Advisor: Dr. Jie Zhu
School: Westview High School, San Diego, San Diego County


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