Hanna Abuhay

MARC Fellow - Senior

Lab Group: Russ Corbett

Major: Neuroscience

Research:

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Limited Proteolysis and Crystallization of Enzyme Proteinase K. Hannah Abuhay, Eloy Harris, Marcia Trochez, and Carrie Partch, University of California, Santa Cruz, 7th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation

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


Yewande Alabi

MARC Fellow - Senior

Lab Group: Melissa Jurica

Major: Human Biology

Research:

The Jurica lab focuses on pre-RNA processing, specifically splicing. The spliceosome is the molecular machinery responsible for the two subsequent transesterification reactions that remove non-coding regions of RNA (introns) and join the flanking coding exons together. Errors in splicing have been linked to multiple diseases and cancers, however not a lot is known about the mechanism by which splicing errors lead to disease. It is often necessary to understand the structure of a machine in order to fully elucidate its function. The goal of my research project is to use a variety of biochemical tools to determine structural features of early-assembled spliceosomes. Throughout the duration of my time in lab I've designed a pre-mRNA substrate predicted to form a stable complex with U2 snRNP and I have synthesized this pre-mRNA with a radiolabel and analyzed complex assembly in cell extracts via native gel assembly. My future plans include using an affinity tag included in the pre-mRNA to purify the complex. It will then be subject to mass spectrometry, electron microscopy and RNA probing analysis. These analyses will determine what assembly factors are present, the gross structure of the complex and the secondary structure of the snRNA components.

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Biochemical Analysis of U2 snRNP Assembly, Yewande Alabi, Andrew MacRae, and Melissa Jurica. Salt Lake City, UT. Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) STEM Conference, 2017. Poster Presentation

Biochemical Analysis of U2 snRNP Assembly, Yewande Alabi, Andrew MacRae, and Melissa Jurica. UCSC, Academic Excellence Program Orientation and Resource Fair, 2017. Poster Presentation

Biochemical Analysis of U2 snRNP Assembly, Yewande Alabi, Andrew MacRae, and Melissa Jurica. Emory University, Emory STEM Research and Career Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation

Biochemical Analysis of U2 snRNP Assembly, Yewande Alabi, Andrew MacRae, and Melissa Jurica. Hartnell College, Salinas CA, STEM Internship Program Mid-Summer Retreat, 2017. Poster Presentation

Biochemical Analysis of U2 snRNP Assembly, Yewande Alabi, Andrew MacRae, and Melissa Jurica. UCSC, Jack Baskin School of Engineering, 20th Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation

MYC Overexpression Increases U2 snRNP Variant Levels. Yewande AlabiBrian Kosmyna and Charles Query. Seattle, WA. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), 2016. Poster Presentation

MYC Overexpression Increases U2 snRNP Variant Levels. Yewande Alabi, Brian Kosmyna, Britta Will and Charles Query. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Einstein SURP Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation  

MYC Overexpression Increases U2 snRNP Variant Levels. Yewande Alabi, Brian Kosmyna, Britta Will and Charles Query. University of California, Santa Cruz, 7th Annual Physical and Biological Science Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation

MYC Overexpression Increases U2 snRNP Variant Levels. Yewande Alabi, Brian Kosmyna, Britta Will and Charles Query. University of California, Santa Cruz, ACE Orientation and Resource Fair, 2016. Poster Presentation

Biochemical Analysis of U2 snRNP Assembly. Yewande Alabi, Andrew MacRae, and Melissa Jurica, 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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2017 Emory STEM Research and Career Symposium Partial Travel Scholarship 
 
2017 SACNAS Travel Scholarship

2014 Fall Dean’s Honors

2015 Winter Dean’s Honors

2015 Spring Dean’s Honors

2015 Fall Dean’s Honors

Stevenson College Core Award

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Summer Undergraduate Research Program 2016, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY. Summer 2016

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


Kennedy Allen

MARC Fellow - Junior

Lab Group: 

Major: Neuroscience

Research:

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

 

 

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Expressing HIS5 in Yeast Through Exon Skipping. Kennedy Allen, Andrea Ramirez, 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 Insitute 2017, University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017


Noe Castaneda

MARC Fellow - Junior

Lab Group: 

Major: Marine Biology

Research:

 

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

 
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Comparison of Suction Feeding Potential between Heterostichus rostratus and Oxylebius pictus using Morphology. Noe Castaneda and Rita Mehta, Ecology and Evolutionary 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


Carolina Cuellar

MARC Fellow - Senior

Lab Group: Rebecca DuBois

Major: Bioengineering

Research: 

Study the influenza A RNA polymerase through a protein inhibitor assay. Also working on crystallizing the human Astrovirus with and without an antibody to examine structure and activity of the virus.

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Mechanistic and Structural Studies on the Human Astrovirus. Carolina Cuellar, Lena Myers, and Rebecca Dubois, Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Science Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation

Cloning of the RNA polymerase on influenza A. University of California, Irvine. California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) Conference, 2017. Poster Presentation.

Improving Efficiency of Isolation of Chromosome Circles. Carolina Cuellar, Kelssie Sontay, and 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 Institute 2016, University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2016

 


Sarah Deleon

MARC Fellow - Senior

Lab Group: Fitnat Yildiz

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research: 

Exploring the role of the Vibrio exopolysaccharide (VPS) degradation enzyme, RbmB, in VPS production and biofilm formation in Vibrio Cholerae

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Exploring the Role of Vibrio exopolysaccharide (VSP) Eegradation Enzyme, RbmB, in VSP Production and Biofilm in Vibrio cholerae. Sarah Deleon, Carmen Schwechheimer, and Fitnat Yildiz, Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Science Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation

Characterization of the Electrophysiological Properties of the Neurons in the Thalamic Reticular Nucleus. Sarah DeleonV.G. Lopez Huerta and Ayan Ghoshal., Broad Institute Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster and Oral Presentation. 
 
Characterization of the Electrophysiological Properties of the Neurons in the Thalamic Reticular Nucleus. Sarah DeleonV.G. Lopez Huerta and Ayan GhoshalMIT Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation. 
 
Characterization of the Electrophysiological Properties of the Neurons in the Thalamic Reticular Nucleus. Sarah DeleonV.G. Lopez Huerta and Ayan Ghoshal. University of California, Santa Cruz, 7th Annual Physical and Biological Science Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation. 
 
Characterization of the Electrophysiological Properties of the Neurons in the Thalamic Reticular Nucleus. Sarah DeleonV.G. Lopez Huerta and Ayan GhoshalUniversity of California, Santa Cruz, ACE Orientation and Resource Fair, 2016. Poster Presentation. 
 
Characterization of the Electrophysiological Properties of the Neurons in the Thalamic Reticular Nucleus. Sarah DeleonV.G. Lopez Huerta and Ayan Ghoshal. Long Beach, CA. Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference, 2016. Poster Presentation. 
 
Effects of Genetically Induced Sleep Deprivation on Alzheimer's Disease-like Pathology in Drosophila. Sarah DeleonTyler Dewitt, Thomas Finn and Jeremy Lee. University of California, Santa Cruz, 19th Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation.   

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2016 Cowell College Student Project Funding 

2016 Travel Scholarship Recipient for SACNAS Conference 

Fall 2014-Spring 2016 Deans Honor List
 
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Summer Research Experience 2017, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017
 
Summer Research Program in Genomics at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, 2016

 

Julieta Gomez

MARC Fellow - Junior

Lab Group: 

Major: Marine Biology

Research:

 

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

 
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Inhibition of the Metalloenzyme, Soybean Lipoxygenase. Julieta Gomez, Jennie Ruelas Castillo, 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 Insitute 2017, University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017


Erik Li

MARC Fellow - Senior

Lab Group: Jeremy Sanford

Major: Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology

Research:

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Investigating The Structural Properties of Plasmid DNAInvestigating The Structural Properties of Plasmid DNA. Erik Li, Francis Albert Apolinario, 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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Summer Research Institute 2016, University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2016


Julia Martin

MARC Fellow - Junior

Lab Group: 

Major: Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry 

Research:

 

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

 
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Identifying Wolbachia in Drosophila melanogaster and Local Insects through PCR and Fluorescent Microscopy. Julia Martin, Lucy Rivas, 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 Insitute 2017, University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017


Sidney Owen 

MARC Fellow - Senior

Lab Group: 

Major: Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology 

Research:

 

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

 
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Characterization of Splicesomal Protein tri-snRNP 27k. Sidney Owen, Samira Yitiz, Jessie Lopez, Ken Osterhoudt and Alan Zahler, 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


 

Connie Silva

MARC Fellow - Junior

Lab Group: 

Major: Molecular, Cell, & Devleopmental Biology 

Research:

 

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

 
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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
 
 

Marcia Trochez

MARC Fellow - Junior

Lab Group: Needhi Bahlla

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research:

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Identifying Dicentrics at Isochromosome 17q in Cancer. Marcia Trochez, Shashank Srivastava, and Daniel R. Foltz*, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation

Limited Proteolysis and Crystallization of Enzyme Proteinase K. Marcia Trochez, Hannah Abuhay, Eloy Harris, and Carrie Partch, University of California, Santa Cruz, 7th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation

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

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


Beckett Whittier 

MARC Fellow - Senior

Lab Group

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research:

 

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Engineering a reporter gene to select for splicing mutations in S. cerevisiae. Beckett Whittier, Jessica Jones, 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 Institute 2017, University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017


 
 
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