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
S1602 — Honorable Mention
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
S1603 — Honorable Mention
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
S1604 — Second Place
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
S1605 — Fourth Place
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
S1607 — First Place
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
S1608 — Third Place
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
S1610 — Honorable Mention
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
S1613 — Honorable Mention
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
S1618 — Honorable Mention
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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