Talha Adil 

IMSD Junior

Lab Group: Grant Hartzog

Major: Biomolecular Engineering

Research: 


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Summer Research Experience 2016, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2016

Francis Albert Apolinario

IMSD Junior

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, Summer Research Symposium, 2016, Poster Presentation.  

2016 SACNAS National Conference, Travel Scholarship Recipient. 

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Summer Research Institute 2016, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2016

Fidel Arizaga

IMSD Junior

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:

2016 SACNAS National Conference, Travel Scholarship Recipient

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Nathan Bamidele

IMSD Junior

Lab Group: Jeremy Sanford 

Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Research: 


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Anthony Del Cid

IMSD Senior

Lab GroupPradip Mascharak

Major: Neuroscience

Research:

Silver ion loaded, polymer-based dressings and their applications for wound care: 

Due to the rise in antibacterial drug resistance, alternative therapeutics are on a rise. Silver is historically one of the oldest antimicrobials, with multidirectional avenues of bacterial offense that make it difficult to develop resistance against. We encapsulate silver ions in a polymer based system, whose own properties inherently optimizes the wound healing process, with a Imidazole-Dansyl per chlorate ligand (synthesized in the Mascharak lab). Our dressing is capable of providing a steady release rate of silver ions at antibacterial concentrations. In addition, providing reporter Dansyl groups to this particular ligand, the Mascharak group provides release of silver at rates that can be tracked, ensuring proper silver ion release. 

Peroxynitrite and its role in inflammation related diseases:

Peroxynitrite (PN) is both a nitrating and oxidative reactive species, linked to many chronic diseases including: diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. The Mascharak group has synthesized a photo-activated multi-well platform that reacts PN precursors to produce PN at concentrations readily available for characterization. We are currently characterizing byproducts of PN produced when in proximity to anti-inflammatory drugs and there relative implications. 

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Is the Increased Virulence of LasA Protease Mutants Due to Increased Expression of LasB Protease?  Anthony Del Cid, Aaron Sullivan, Suzanne Fleiszig. University of California-Santa Cruz, Summer Research Symposium, 2015. Poster Presentation.

The Challenges Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Pose: E. Coli Growth in the Presence of Ampicillin and Kanamycin. Anthony Del Cid, Anh Nguyen, and Carolina Zamora with Victoria Auerbuch Stone in the Summer Research Institute. University of California-Santa Cruz. 5th Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium. University of California-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. August 15, 2014. Poster Presentation.

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Maximizing Access to Research Career (MARC) Scholar, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA. 2014-2016

Summer Research Institute 2014, University of California-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2014 


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:

 2016 SACNAS National Conference, Travel Scholarship Recipient

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Annmarie Domingue

IMSD Junior

Lab Group:

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Major: Chemistry

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Kevin Ekanem

IMSD Junior

Lab Group: Grant Hartzog

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research: 


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Summer Research Experience 2016, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2016
 

Edgar Esparza

IMSD Junior

Lab Group: Lindsay Hinck

Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Research: 


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Carmen Ma

IMSD Junior

Lab Group: Susan Strome

Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Research: 


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Jethro Marasigan

IMSD Junior

Lab Group: David Hassuler

Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Research: 


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Maximillian Marin

IMSD Senior

Lab Group: Angela Brooks 

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research:


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Hector Navarro

IMSD Senior

Lab Group: William Sullivan

Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Research: 


Internships/Presentations/Awards:

How Do Broken Chromosomes Segregate? Hector Navarro, Brandt Warecki, William Sullivan. University of California-Santa Cruz, Summer Research Symposium, 2015. Poster Presentation.

Featured as an undergraduate researcher in UCSC's newsletter in an article by Peggy Townsend. 
 
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Summer Research Experience 2016, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2016

Summer Research Experience 2015, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2015
 

Theron Palmer

IMSD Senior

Lab Group: Christopher Vollmers

Major: Bioelectronics

Research:


Internships/Presentations/Awards:

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, Summer Research Symposium, 2015. Poster Presentation.

 
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Summer Research Experience 2015, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2015
 

Ivette Perez

IMSD Senior

Lab Group: Carrie Partch

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research: 


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Summer Research Experience 2016, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2016
 
Summer Research Institue 2015, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2015
 

Edmundo Perez

IMSD Senior

Lab Group: Rebecca Dubois

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research: 


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Summer Research Experience 2016, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2016
 
 Summer Research Experience 2015, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2015
 

Joanna Perez

IMSD Senior

Lab Group: Nader Pourmand

Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Research: 

The Pourmand Lab is a lead researcher in Biosensors and Biotechnology at UCSC.  The lab focuses in nanopipette technology for the use of biosensors, which hold great potential for understanding single cell biology, and as a result an advancement in cancer- research, stem cell research and research involving neurodegenerative diseases.

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

2016 Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity for her work done with SACNAS and other organizations at UCSC, Spring 2016
2016 Dean’s Award for her research project on "Quartz Nanopipette for intracellular Superoxide Sensing." Spring 2016
CAMP-NSF Symposium Honorable Mention for her work on "Quartz Nanopipette for intracellular Superoxide Sensing." Winter 2016
2015 and 2014 SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in the Sciences) National Conference - Travel Scholarship Award Recipient

Quartz Nanopipette for Intracellular Superoxide Sensing, CAMP-NSF Symposium, Irvine, California, Winter 2016, Poster Presentation
Quartz Nanopipette for Intracellular Superoxide Sensing, National SACNAS Conference, Washington D.C., Fall 2015, Poster Presentation
Cloning of a SPT5 Fragment using Molecular Cloning Techniques, Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium, UCSC, Santa Cruz, Ca. Summer 2014, Poster Presentation

 

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Summer Research Experience 2015, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2015
 
Summer Research Institute 2014, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2014
 

Nancy Sanchez

IMSD Senior

Lab Group: Grant Hartzog

Major: Neuroscience

Research: 

 

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Structural Analysis of pUC19 in NEB 5-alpha Competent E. coli Cells Treated with BamHI and Topoisomerase I Enzymes. Nancy Sanchez, Daniela Bolaños, Shankar Shastry with Professor Michael D. Stone in the Summer Research Institute. University of California-Santa Cruz, Summer Research Symposium, 2015. Poster Presentation.

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Summer Research Institute 2015, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2015
 

Dominic Schenone

IMSD Senior

Lab Group: Angela Brooks

Major: Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering

Research:


Internships/Presentations/Awards:

The Design and Overexpression of Aldehyde/Alcohol Dehydrogenase Genes in Haloferax Volcanii: For the Conversion of Butyryl-CoA to Butanol.   Dominic Schenone, Jazel Hernandez, Alonzo Lee, Sanusha Bijj, Derek Brekke, Jackson DeKloe, Vijay Jayant, Megana Kunda, Isabel Madau, Kendal Prokopakis, David Bernick. University of California-Santa Cruz, Summer Research Symposium, 2015. Poster Presentation.

 
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Summer Research Experience 2015, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2015
 

Kelssie Sontay

IMSD Junior

Lab Group: Jordan Ward

Major: Human Biology

Research: 


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Summer Research Institute 2016, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2016
 

Michael Yxcot

IMSD Senior

Lab Group: Michael Stone

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research:


Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Finding Potent Wolbachia Strains to Deter Viral Infection in Mosquitoes. Michael Yxcot,  and Ivette Perez with Professor William Sullivan in the Summer Research Institute. University of California-Santa Cruz, Summer Research Symposium, 2015. Poster Presentation.

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Summer Research Experience 2016, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2016

Summer Research Institute 2015, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2015
 

Lionel Torres

IMSD Junior

Lab Group:

Major: Human Biology

Research: 


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