CSSF Project Listings: 2017
Microbiology (General)

Senior Division

Yusuf Ahmad, Grade 11
Citrus in Jeopardy: Phase I, Determination of Presence and Typology of CTV Using ELISA, DTBIA, PCR, and Real-Time PCR
Advisor: Mr. Wayne Garabedian
School: Clovis West High School, Fresno, Fresno County
Catherine P. Aitken, Grade 9
Dana Z. Jian, Grade 9
The Effect of the Wavelength of Light on the Growth Rate of Cyanobacteria and Its Survival In a Martian Atmosphere
Advisor: Ms. Gillian Rhett
School: San Ramon Valley High School, Danville, Contra Costa County
Rohan Bhushan, Grade 11
Phototactic Analysis of the Effects of the Chemorepellent Nitrate on Taxis-Based Vertical Column Orientation in Protists
Advisor: Mr. Jason Nicholson
School: Monterey High School, Monterey, Monterey County
Titash Biswas, Grade 11
Pyrimidine Derivatives Conjugated to Gold Nanoparticles to Combat Antibiotic Resistance
Advisor: Ms. Orenda Tuason
School: Crescenta Valley High School, La Crescenta, Los Angeles County
Bronte N. Brazier, Grade 11
Azithromycin in Combination with Hamamelitannin as a Growth Inhibitor for Common Bacteria in Surgical Site Infection
Advisor: Dr. Zin Htway
School: Thousand Oaks High School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
Cielo Marie B. Capistrano, Grade 9
Rawan R. Ghanim, Grade 9
Competitive Exclusion between Isolated Probiotics and Pathogen-Behaving Strains
Advisor: Dr. Rachell Auld
School: Roosevelt (Eleanor) High School, Eastvale, Riverside County
Maggie S. Chen, Grade 11
Cell Membrane-Coated Nanodevice for Anti-Virulence Therapy against Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
Advisor: Mr. Ariel Haas
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
Ryan K. Ebrahimy, Grade 11
Combating Antibiotic Resistance among Gram-Negative Bacteria through Inhibition of AHL-mediated Quorum Sensing
Advisor: Mr. David Knight
School: University High School, Irvine, Orange County
Aarzu Gupta, Grade 9
Maya S. Shukla, Grade 9
Efficacy of Combinations of Plant-Based Antimicrobial Agents in Inhibiting the Growth of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
Advisor: Dr. Gary Blickenstaff
School: Harker (The) School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Priyansh Gupta, Grade 11
Quantifying CRISPR-Cas9 as a Method for Preventing Geminivirus Replication through Virus Replication Site Mutation
Advisor: Dr. Robert Sandrock
School: Thousand Oaks High School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
Shayle S. Gupta, Grade 10
Bioadhesive Particles Add Durability to Sunblocks and Maintain Efficacy
Advisor: Dr. Seema Sugandh
School: Notre Dame High School, Riverside, Riverside County
Riana A. Karim, Grade 12
Sharon K. Truong, Grade 12
The Effect of Different Probiotic Bacterial Strains on Ammonia (NH3) Production Levels
Advisor: Mrs. Lisa Yi
School: Notre Dame High School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Hangyul Lyna Kim, Grade 10
Marcos A. Perez, Grade 10
Comparing Antimicrobial Properties of Propolis from Different Subspecies of Honey Bees
Advisor: Dr. Shauna Bennett
School: North Hollywood Senior High School, North Hollywood, Los Angeles County
Prashant P. Naidu, Grade 11
Treating with Turmeric: An Alternative in Treating Foodborne Illness-Causing Bacteria
Advisor: Mr. Donald Harris
School: Salinas High School, Salinas, Monterey County
Laura Noronha, Grade 9
Role of Intravenous Fluids in Treating Gram Negative Sepsis
Advisor: Ms. Victoria Go
School: Redlands Senior High School, Redlands, San Bernardino County
Stephen T. Ott, Grade 11
Using Tardigrade DNA to Make Bacteria Resistant to Radiation
Advisor: Mr. Colin Jones
School: Freedom High School, Oakley, Contra Costa County
Justine E. Sato, Grade 9
The Effect of 28 kHz Ultrasound Exposure on the Transformation Efficiency of pGLO Plasmids into E. coli
Advisor: Ms. Kelly Herrman
School: Woodbridge High School, Irvine, Orange County
Perrin J.G. Turney, Grade 11
Effects of Climate Change (Increase in Temperature, Salinity and Pollutants) on Freshwater Microorganism Mortality Rates
Advisor: Mrs. Greta Turney
School: Six Rivers Charter High School, Arcata, Humboldt County

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