Talha Adil 

IMSD- Senior

Lab Group: Grant Hartzog

Major: Biomolecular Engineering

Research: 

Isolation, purification and annotation of novel bacteriophage that have the ability to infect mycobacterium smegmatis. Attempting to elucidate various methods that may contribute to phage therapeutics as well as learning the arrangement of phage genes, their unique characteristics and their ability to combat potential diseases with a higher success and specificity than antibiotics.

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Bacteriophage Characterization: Annotation of Mycobacterium Phage XKCD. Talha Adil, Jessica Ruby, Kevin Ekanem, and Grant Hartzog, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation

Isolating Novel Bacteriophage R1R2. Talha Adil, Kevin Ekanem, Mario Escudurdo, Grant Hartzog. University of California, Santa Cruz, 7th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation

 
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Summer Research Experience 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017

Summer Research Experience 2016, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2016

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Francis Albert Apolinario

IMSD-Senior

Lab Group: Grant Hartzog

Major: Molecular, Cell, and Devleopmental Biology

Research: 

Spt 5 is tightly associated with RNA polymerase II during transcription elongation.  Mutations in Spt5 effect RNA polymerase II processivity and translocation rate.  Evidence shows Spt4/5 are involved in overcoming nucleosome barriers and remodeling chromatin during elongation.  Our research specifically focuses on the C Terminal Repeats of Spt5.  Low Complexity sequences have prion like properties and are known to have multiple conformations and bind to different proteins.  Low complexity sequences are known to be present in the C terminal repeats of the Spt 5 protein.  We are currently looking for proteins that bind to the different conformation states of the C Terminal Repeats and how they affect transcription elongation.  

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Investigating The Structural Properties of Plasmid DNAInvestigating The Structural Properties of Plasmid DNA. Francis Albert Apolinario, Erik Li, and Michael D. Stone. University of California, Santa Cruz, 7th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation.  

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2016 SACNAS National Conference, Travel Scholarship Recipient. 

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Summer Research Institute 2016, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2016

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Summer Research Institute 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017

Fidel Arizaga

IMSD-Senior

Lab Group: William Saxton 

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research: 

Understanding the mechanism and purpose of the motor protein Kinesin-1 autoregulation and it's neurodegenerative effects using the Drosophila model system

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

A Hingeless Kinesin-1 and its Effects on Autoregulation. Fidel Arizaga Jr., Inna Djagaeva, and Bill Saxton, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation.          

Identification of Wolbachia bacteria in wild Drosophila and the applications to human health. Fidel Arizaga, Reyna Montoya, Diana Tamayo, and William Sullivan, University of California, Santa Cruz, 7th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation.                                                                                                                                                                    

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2016 SACNAS National Conference, Travel Scholarship Recipient

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Summer Research Institute 2016, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2016

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Summer Research Institute 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017



Nathan Bamidele

IMSD Junior

Lab Group: Jeremy Sanford 

Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Research: 

Researching the common mechanistic impacts of single nucleotide substitutions on Pre-mRNA splicing. In addition to testing whether different genetic diseases are linked by these common aberrant splicing mechanisms. 

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Characterizing Splicing Sensitive Disease-Causing Mutations in Exon 6 of the Fabry Disease Gene, Galactosidase A. Nathan Bamidele, Mark Gustincic, Erik Li, Savanna Randi, Olivia Willes, Michael R. Blanco, and Jeremy R. Sanford, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation.  

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Research and Development Assitant, 2012, Biocare Medical 

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Summer Research Experience 2017. University of California-Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz CA Summer 2017.
 

 

Musette Caldera 

IMSD Junior

Lab Group:

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 

Research: 


Internships/Presentations/Awards:

 

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Jocelyn Delgado

IMSD Junior

Lab Group: Vicki Auerbuch Stone

Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Research: 

I work with graduate student mentor on inhibition of the bacterial type three secretion system (T3SS) in Yersinia. The purpose of our project is to identify novel inhibitors of the T3SS and begin to characterize their activity. The T3SS is a key virulence factor to dozens of pathogens including the causative agents of the black plague. Our work is critical, as it may contribute to a solution for one of the most troubling medical necessities of the present time; antibiotic resistance. 

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Expression of a Slow Myosin Motor in Fast Skeletal Muscle Drives Slow-type Gene Expression . Jocelyn Delgado, Genevieve Kerr, and Leslie Leinwand, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation. 

Antibiotic Resistance in Escerichia Coli. Jocelyn Delgado, Cristian Diaz. Daysy Guzman, Victoria Auerbuch Stone. University of Californa, Santa Cruz, 7th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposioum, 2016. Poster Presentation

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2016 SACNAS National Conference, Travel Scholarship Recipient

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Summer Research Institute 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017

Summer Research Institute 2016, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2016 

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Annmarie Dominguez

IMSD Junior

Lab Group: Mascharak Lab

Major: Chemistry

Research:

 

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Luminescent Rhenium and Manganese Derived PhotoCORMs for Bio Imaging and Eradication of Human Color Cancer Cells. Annmarie Dominguez, Jorge Jimenez, Indranil Chakraborty, and Pradip Mascharak, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation. 

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Summer Research Experience 2017. University of California-Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz CA. Summer 2017


Edgar Esparza

IMSD Junior

Lab Group: Lindsay Hinck

Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Research: 


Internships/Presentations/Awards:

SLIT/ROBO Signaling Governs Alveolar Cell Fate Acquisition by Regulating the NOTCH4 Pathway. Edgar Esparza, Oscar Fernandez-Cazares, and Lindsay Hinck, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation. 

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Summer Research Experience 2017. University of California-Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz CA. Summer 2017
 

Liseth Iniguez 

IMSD Sophomore 

Lab Group: 

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 

Research: 

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Crystallization & X-ray Diffraction of Proteinase K: A Tool for Alzheimer's Plaque. Liseth Iniguez, Imon Islam, and Carrie Partch, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation. 

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Summer Research Insititute 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017 

Imon Islam  

IMSD Sophomore 

Lab Group: 

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 

Research: 

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Crystallization & X-ray Diffraction of Proteinase K: A Tool for Alzheimer's Plaque. Liseth Iniguez, Imon Islam, and Carrie Partch, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation.  

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Summer Research Insititute 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017 

Jessica Jones 

IMSD Senior  

Lab Group: 

Major: Neuroscience 

Research: 

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Engineering a reporter gene to select for splicing mutations in S. cerevisiae. Jessica Jones, Beckett Whittier, Joanna Tran, and Melissa Jurica, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation

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Summer Research Insititute 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017 

 

Deborah Leopo 

IMSD Junior

Lab Group: 

Major: Marine Biology  

Research: 

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

 

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Carmen Ma

IMSD Junior

Lab Group: Susan Strome

Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Research: 

Development occurs through transcription factors and epigenetics, which includes post translational histone modifications that bookmark certain genes to be passed down from mother to offspring. In C. elegans, MES-4, a histone methyltransferase, confers germline potential for proper germline viability. However, previous evidence confirms that intestinal tissue (somatic cells) contains germline potential but is repressed by DRM complex in order to keep its somatic programming. If MES-4 is present in intestinal tissue, perhaps it is also in other somatic tissues. My project analyzes MES-4 localization using live imaging and immunostaining all larval stages of C. elegans. My project will answer if MES-4 is present in other somatic tissues and contribute to the bigger question of the lab: How does development proceed?

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Investigation of Zygotic MES-4 Expression in C. elegans. Carmen Ma, Chad Cockrum, and Susan Strome, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation

Effects of different long-chain saturated fatty acids on obesity-linked inflammation and metabolic disorders. Carmen Ma, Curtis Perriotte-Olson, Gopalakrishnan Natarajan, and Saraswathi Viswanathan. University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine Poster Session, Summer 2016, Poster Presentation.

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Summer Research Experience 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017
 

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Summer 2016
 

Hochebori Ouattara 

IMSD Junior 

Lab Group: 

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 

Research: 

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Structural Requirements for Broadly Protecting Antibodies to the Respiratory Syncytial Virus G Protein. Hochebori Ouattara, Stas Fedechki, Natasha George, Joshua Dillen, and Rebecca M. Dubois, Biomolecular Engineering University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation

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Summer Research Experience 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017 

Theron Palmer

IMSD Senior

Lab Group: Christopher Vollmers

Major: Bioelectronics

Research:


Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Increasing the Quality of Human B-Cell Repertoires. Theron Palmer, Roger Volden, and Christopher Vollmers, Biomolecular Engineering University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation

Comparative Genomic Analysis of Human Naïve and Memory B-Cell Immunoglobulin Switch Regions. Theron Palmer, Roger Volden, Henry Hinton, Chris Vollmers. University of California,Santa Cruz, 6th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2015. Poster Presentation.

 
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Summer Research Experience 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017
 
Summer Research Experience 2015, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2015
 
 

Edmundo Perez

IMSD Senior

Lab Group: Rebecca Dubois

Major: Biomolecular Engineering

Research: 

Lab focuses on the Human astrovirus and its role in cell infectivity and structural importance. Through the use of protein engineering and X ray crystallography we gain further knowledge how the structure mediates infection.

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Development Of A Robust Detection Assay Through The Characterizing Of Novel Astrovirues. Edmundo Perez and Rebecca M. DuBois, Biomolecular Engineering University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation

Functional Studies on a Human Astrovirus-Neutralizing Antibody. University of California-Santa Cruz, 7th Annual Physical and Biological Science Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation.

Functional Studies on a Human Astrovirus-Neutralizing Antibody. Hartnell Community College, Hartnell Poster Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation.

Functional Studies on a Human Astrovirus-Neutralizing Antibody. University Of Irvine. California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) Conference, 2016. Poster Presentation and Honorable Mention Award 

Functional Studies on a Human Astrovirus-Neutralizing Antibody, Washington, D.C. Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), 2015. Poster Presentation.

Functional Studies on a Human Astrovirus-Neutralizing Antibody. University of California-Santa Cruz, 6th Annual Physical and Biological Science Summer Research Symposium, 2015. Poster Presentation.

Functional Studies on a Human Astrovirus-Neutralizing Antibody. Hartnell Community College, Hartnell Poster Symposium, 2015. Poster Presentation.

Surface Modification of Solid State Nanopores vis Early Development of a Saccharde Sensor. University of California-Santa Cruz, 5th Annual Physical and Biological Science Summer Research Symposium, 2014. Poster Presentation

Surface Modification of Solid State Nanopores vis Early Development of a Saccharde Sensor. Hartnell Community College, Hartnell Poster Symposium, 2014. Poster Presentation.

Surface Modification of Solid State Nanopores vis Early Development of a Saccharde Sensor. The 7th Annual STEM internship Symposium, Salinas, Summer 14. Poster Presentation

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Dean’s Award, UC Santa Cruz Spring 2016

Dean’s Award, UC Santa Cruz Winter 2016

SACNAS Travel Scholarship, Summer 2015

Hartnell Community College Summer Scholarship 2015

President’s List, Hartnell Community College Spring 2015

President’s List, Hartnell Community College Fall 2014

Dean’s List, Hartnell Community College Fall 2011-Spring 2014

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Summer Research Experience 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017

Summer Research Experience 2016, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2016
 
California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP), UC Santa Cruz, 2015-16
 
Summer Research Experience 2015, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2015

ACCESS Summer Research Institute, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2014
 
 

Ivette Perez

IMSD Senior

Lab Group: Carrie Partch

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research: 


Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Investigating the Role of CRY1 C-Terminal Tail in Regulating Circadian Rhythms and the Molecular Basis of Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder. Ivette Perez, Carlo Parico, and Carrie Partch, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Science Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation 

Investigating the role of CLOCK Exon 19 in Regulating the CLOCK:BMAL1 Transcriptional Activity in the Mammalian Circadian clock. University of California, Irvine. California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) Conference, 2017. Poster Presentation. 

Investigating the role of CLOCK Exon 19 in Regulating the CLOCK:BMAL1 Transcriptional Activity in the Mammalian Circadian clock. Tampa, FL. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), 2016. Poster Presentation. 

Investigating the role of CLOCK Exon 19 in Regulating the CLOCK:BMAL1 Transcriptional Activity in the Mammalian Circadian clock. University of California, Santa Cruz, 7th Annual Physical and Biological Science Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation

The Roles of the Greatwall Kinase in Acentric Chromosome Segregation. University of California, Santa Cruz, Division of Physical and Biological Sciences and Jack Basking Engineering 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation.

Finding Potent Wolbachia Strain to Deter Viral Infection in Mosquitoes. University of California, Santa Cruz, 6th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, Summer 2015. Poster Presentation.

Finding Potent Wolbachia Strain to Deter Viral Infection in Mosquitoes. Hartnell Poster Symposium, The 9th Annual STEM Internship Symposium, Summer 2016. Poster Presentation

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Special Merit Award, CAMP Conference, February 2017

Koret Undergradute Research Scholarship, Winter 2017

Dean’s Award, UC Santa Cruz, Winter 2016

SACNAS Travel Scholarship, Summer 2015

Pando Family Scholarship, Hartnell Community College Summer 2015

President’s List, Hartnell Community College Spring 2015

President’s List, Hartnell Community College Fall 2014

Recipient of WELI Scholarship, Hartnell Community College Spring 2014

NSF Scholar, Hartnell Community College Spring 2012-Spring 2014

Hartnell’s Women Soccer Team Coach’s Award, Hartnell Community College Fall 2012

Dean’s List, Hartnell Community College Fall 2011-Spring 2014

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Summer Research Experience 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017

Summer Research Experience 2016, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2016

Summer Research Institute 2015, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2015

ACCESS Mini Winter Research Camp, UC Santa Cruz, Winter 2015

ACCESS Lab Tour, UC Santa Cruz, Spring 2014

WELI Leadership and Life Skills Workshops, Hartnell Community College, Summer 2014
 

Lucia Rivas 

IMSD Sophomore 

Lab Group: 

Major: Neuroscience 

Research: 

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Identifying Wolbachia in Drosophila melanogaster and Local Insects through PCR and Fluorescent Microscopy. Lucy Rivas, Julia Martin, Shelbi Russell, and William Sullivan, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Science Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation

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Summer Research Insititute 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017 

Jennie Ruelas Castillo 

IMSD Sophomore 

Lab Group: 

Major: Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology 

Research: 

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Inhibition of the Metalloenzyme, Soybean Lipoxygenase. Jennie Ruelas Castillo, Julieta Gomez, Natalia Ubilla, and Theodore Holman, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Science Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation

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Summer Research Insititute 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017 

Diana Sernas  

IMSD Junior  

Lab Group: 

Major: Pure Mathematics 

Research: 

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Identifying Wolbachia Effectors in S. Cerevisiaeby Affecting Ty Expression. Diana Sernas, Jennifer Liu, Michael Doody, and Grant Hartzog, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Science Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation. 

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Summer Research Experience 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017 

Leonel Torres

IMSD Junior

Lab Group: Kellogg Lab 

Major: Human Biology

Research: 


Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Control of Cell Size and Membrane Growth During G1 in Budding Yeast. Leonel Torres, Robert Sommer, and Doug Kellogg Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology University of California, Santa Cruz. 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation. 

Control of Membrane Growth and Cell Size. Leonel Torres, Robert Sommer, Doug Kellogg. University of California, Santa Cruz. 7th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation.

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Summer Research Experience 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017

Summer Research Experience 2016, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2016
 
 

Joanna Tran 

IMSD Senior

Lab Group: 

Major: Plant Science & Molecular Biology 

Research: 

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Engineering a reporter gene to select for splicing mutations in S. cerevisiae. Joanna Tran, Jessica Jones, Beckett Whittier, and Melissa Jurica, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation

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Summer Research Insititute 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017 

Natalia Ubilla  

IMSD Senior 

Lab Group: 

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 

Research: 

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Inhibition of the Metalloenzyme, Soybean Lipoxygenase. Natalia Ubilla, Julieta Gomez, Jennie Ruelas Castillo, and Theodore Holman, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Science Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation

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Summer Research Insititute 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017 

 
 
 
 
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