Joseph Aguilera

MARC Fellow - Senior

Lab Group: Jordan Ward

Major: Bioengineering

Research: 

Investigating the effects of nuclear hormone receptors in C. elegans.

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Determining the Timing and Localization of NHR-23 and NHR-85 in the Caenorhabditis elegans Molt using Fluorescence Microscopy. Joseph Louis Aguilera, Londen Johnson, Jordan Ward*, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 9th Annual Physical and Biological Summer Research Symposium, 2018. Poster Presentation 

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Dean's List  

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Summer Research Experience 2018, University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2018


Kennedy Allen

MARC Fellow - Junior

Lab Group: Needhi Bhalla 

Major: Neuroscience

Research:

We study the mechanisms that fulfill proper segregation of chromosomes during meiosis in C. elegans.

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

UCLA Brain Research Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Participant, Summer 2018.

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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


Fidel Arizaga

MARC Fellow - Senior

Lab Group: William Saxton 

Major: Biochemistry & 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: 

Identifying Stages of Cell Division through a Convolutional Neural Network. Fidel Arizaga, Saad Ansari, Dante Begay, Michael Nothem, Meredith Betterton*, Physics, University of Colorado Boulder, SMART Summer Program, 9th Annual Physical and Biological Summer Research Symposium, 2018. Poster Presentation 

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 Experience 2018, University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2018

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 

Vivian Banh

MARC Fellow - Junior

Lab Group: David Kliger 

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Research:

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Polypeptide Self-Crowding Effects on Poly-L-Lysine Regarding Secondary Structure Intermediate Structure and Transition Thermodynamics. Vivian Banh, Eefei Chen, David Kliger*, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz, 9th Annual Physical and Biological Summer Research Symposium, 2018. Poster Presentation 

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Summer Research Experience 2018, University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2018


Noe Castaneda

MARC Fellow - Junior

Lab Group: Rita Mehta 

Major: Marine Biology

Research:

I work on kinematics and morphology of feeding in fish

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

 
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WIES Oceans Processes REU

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


 
 

Mekedlawit Efrem

MARC Fellow - Junior

Lab Group: Jin Zhang

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research: 

The Zhang research group is primarily interested in the design, development, characterization, and application of advanced materials with emphasis on optical and electronic nanomaterials (nanocrystals or quantum dots) of both semiconductors and metals. The group actively explores emerging technological applications of these advanced nanomaterials in areas such as solar energy conversion, hydrogen generation and storage, cancer biomarker detection, photocatalysis, sensors, imaging, detectors, and lasers.

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Synthesis of Hollow Gold Nanostars For Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease. Mekedlawit Efrem, A’Lester Allen, Jin Zhang*, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz, 9th Annual Physical and Biological Summer Research Symposium, 2018. Poster Presentation 


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Designing Hollow Gold Nanostars For Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering Based on Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease. Mekedlawit Efrem. American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Symposium at Mills College 
 
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Summer Research Experience 2018, University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2018

 

Julieta Gomez

MARC Fellow - Junior

Lab Group: Kristy Kroeker

Major: Marine Biology

Research:

The Kroeker Lab focuses on ocean acidification. I am interested in how the community of the rocky intestinal zone will respond to ocean acidification.   

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Effects of Sea Star Wasting Disease on the Rocky Intertidal Community. Julieta Gómez, Laura Anderson, Peter Raimondi, Bruce Menge*, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 9th Annual Physical and Biological Summer Research Symposium, 2018. Poster Presentation 

 
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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

PISCO REU Summer 2018 

Dean's Honors List

Summer Research Experience 2018, University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2018


Julia Martin

MARC Fellow - Junior

Lab Group: Glenn Millhauser

Major: Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry 

Research:

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Investigation of the Central Region Histidines Role in the Metal Driven cisInteraction of the Prion Protein. Julia Martin, Graham Roseman, Glenn Millhauser*, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz, 9th Annual Physical and Biological Summer Research Symposium, 2018. Poster Presentation 

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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

Summer Research Experience 2018, University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2018


Justin Redmond

MARC Fellow - Senior

Lab Group: Nadar Pourmand

Major: Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology

Research:

Studying sub-cellular components and molecular bio processes with the aid of nanopipette sensing and nano-filtration devices built in lab.  

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Novel Exosome Collection and Analysis. Justin Redmond, Masaaki Hirano, Gepoliano Chaves, Gonca Bulbul, Mircea Teodorescu, Nader Pourmand*, Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz,  9th Annual Physical and Biological Summer Research Symposium, 2018. Poster Presentation 

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Summer Research Experience 2018, University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2018

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Christopher Sarabia

MARC Fellow - Junior

Lab Group: Doug Kellogg

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research:

Understanding how cells regulate the cell cycle in response to cell growth and size. 

Presentations/Awards/Internships: 

Mechanisms that Link Cell Cycle Progression to Cell Growth. Christopher Sarabia, Rafael Talavera, Douglas Kellogg*, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 9th Annual Physical and Biological Summer Research Symposium, 2018. Poster Presentation 

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Summer Research Experience 2018, University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2018

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Mechanisms that link cell cycle progression to cell growth. Christopher Sarabia, Rafael Talavera, Douglas Kellogg Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz 12th Annual NIH STEP-UP Symposium 2018, Bethesda, Maryland, Summer 2018

 


Connie Silva

MARC Fellow - Junior

Lab Group: Phil Crews

Major: Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology 

Research:

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Generation of Screening Plates from Marine Sponges for Bioassay Against Paediatric Cancer Cell Lines. Connie Silva, Erin McCauley, Phillip Crews*, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 9th Annual Physical and Biological Summer Research Symposium, 2018. Poster Presentation 

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Summer Research Experience 2018, University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2018
 

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Heddy Menendez Valle

MARC Fellow - Junior

Lab Group: Joshua Arribere

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Research:

The goal of our work is to understand how cells ensure quality control during gene expression, and how mutations confound quality control and drive genetic disease. Our research builds on our expertise in RNA and protein metabolism, and uses interdisciplinary approaches to answer focused and genome-wide questions. Our work employs the genetically tractable C. elegans as an opportunity to explore quality control during normal animal physiology, including developmental, behavioral, and cell-specific manifestations.

Internships/Presentations/Awards:

Dissecting Determinants of Protein Stability upon Translation Readthrough. Heddy Valle Menendez and Joshua Arribere*, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 9th Annual Physical and Biological Summer Research Symposium, 2018. Poster Presentation  

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Summer Research Experience 2018, University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2018
 
 

 
 

Beckett Whittier 

MARC Fellow - Senior

Lab Group: Carrie Partch 

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research:

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Investigating How PER2 Interacts with CLOCK:BMAL1 to Understand Circadian Rhythms. Beckett Whittier, Jennifer Fribourgh, Carrie Partch*, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz, 9th Annual Physical and Biological Summer Research Symposium, 2018. Poster Presentation 

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 

Summer Research Experience 2018, University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2018

 
 
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