Leslie Bautista

Packard Student-Senior (5th)

Lab Group: Ted Holman Lab

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Research: 

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Discovering Inhibitors for Lipoxygenase in Heart Disease. Leslie Bautista, James Sorrentino, Steve Perry, Ted Holman. University of Californa, Santa Cruz, 7th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposioum, 2016. Poster Presentation.

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


Cristian Diaz

Packard Student-Senior

Lab Group: 

Major: Neuroscience

Research: 

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Antibiotic Resistance in Escerichia Coli. Cristian Diaz, Jocelyn Delgado, 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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Summer Research Institute 2016, University of California-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2016


Joel Flores

Packard Student-Senior

Lab Group: Chris Vollmers' Lab

Major: Human Biology

Research: 

The adaptive immune system protects from pathogens.

The two main components of the adaptive immune system are B cells and T cells which work together to produce antibodies needed to fight of foreign substances in the human body. Both B cells and T cells undergo the process of VDJ recombination that gives each cell a unique receptor to bind to specific pathogens.  This process of recombination is what makes B and T cells fascinating to study since it’s the recombination of only two cell types which give rise to a multitude of antibodies. Vollmers lab has developed assay to sequence unique B cell receptors. My research in Vollmers lab will be to adapt this assay to be able to sequence T cell receptors. This will make it possible to get a complete view of the receptors of the adaptive immune system and further understand how they work together.

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Testing for Various Polymerases. Joel Flores, Camille Scelfo-Dalbey, Christopher Vollmers. University of California, Santa Cruz. 7th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation.

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


Gabriella Estevam

Packard Student-Senior

Lab Group: Michael Stone

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Research: 

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Next Generation Sequencing Analysis of Telomere Replication Slippage. Gabriella EstevamMichael Stone. University of California, Santa Cruz. 7th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation.

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


Monica Gallegos

Packard Student-Junior

Lab Group: Supercomputer Lab for Undergraduates (SLUG)

Major: Astrophysics

Research: 

Analytical studies of tidal disruptions by black holes. Currently looking at how the element compositions of the fallback material varies with different stars. 

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Revisiting the Evolution of Flares Ignited By Supermassive Black Holes. Monica Gallegos, Priscila Camacho, Jamie Law-Smith, Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz.  Long Beach, CA. Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference, 2016. Poster Presentation.

Revisiting Flares Ignited by Supermassive Blackholes. Monica Gallegos, Priscila Camacho, Jamie Law-Smith, Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz. University of California,Santa Cruz. 7th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation.

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Banneker & Aztlán Institutes, 2017, Harvard University  

LAMAT Research Experience for Undergraduates, 2016, UCSC

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


Daysy Guzman

Packard Student-Senior (5th)

Lab Group: 

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Research: 

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

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

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


Reyna Montoya

Packard Student-Senior (5th)

Lab Group: 

Major: Biology

Research: 

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Identification of Wolbachia bacteria in wild Drosophila and the applications to human health. Reyna Montoya, Fidel Arizaga, 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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Summer Research Institute 2016, University of California-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2016


Abraham Rodriguez

Packard Student-Senior (5th)

Lab Group: James Ackman Lab

Major: Neuroscience, Cognitive Science

Research: 

Retinal waves play an important role in the normal development of visual processing circuitry in mammals. This spontaneous neural activity in the immature retina helps by fine-tuning the neural connections needed for proper retinotopic organization of the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN), superior colliculus (SC), and visual cortex (V1 & V2). However, the role of retinal waves in higher levels of visual organization across the cerebral cortex is not understood. Data is gathered from live neonatal mice using functional mesoscale optical imaging to record whole cortex activity to demonstrate retinal waves and their direct association to the superior colliculus and visual cortex. We analyze the whole brain activity data by making neural activation maps to explore the relation between retinal waves and activity in higher level visual circuits in the cerebral cortex, such as the dorsal and ventral streams. If correlation between retinal waves and higher level visual circuits exists, it may suggest that spontaneous retinal activity also plays a role in the refinement of neural connections at higher level visual processing centers.

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Role of Spontaneous Retinal Activity in Cerebral Activity Patterns in Developing Mouse. Abraham RodriguezJames Ackman University of California, Irvine. California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) Conference, 2017. Poster Presentation. 

Role of Spontaneous Retinal Activity in Cerebral Activity Patterns in Developing Mouse. Abraham RodriguezJames Ackman.  Long Beach, CA. Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference, 2016. Poster Presentation.

Role of Spontaneous Retinal Activity in Cerebral Activity Patterns in Developing Mouse. Abraham Rodriguez, James Ackman. University of California,Santa Cruz.  7th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation.

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


Leonel Torres

Packard Student-Senior

Lab Group: Kellog Lab

Major: Human Biology

Research: 

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

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

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


Teng Keng Vang

Packard Student-Senior (5th)

Lab Group: Dan Costa Lab

Major: Marine Biology

Research:

Home range modeling of northern elephant seals and pumas

Presentations/Awards/Internships:

Fine-Scale Site Fidelity Among Northern Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo State Park. Teng Keng Vang, Caroline Casey, Patrick Robinson, Dan Costa. Long Beach, CA. Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference, 2016. Poster Presentation 

Fine-Scale Site Fidelity Among Northern Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo State Park. Teng Keng Vang, Caroline Casey, Patrick Robinson, Dan Costa. American Cetacean Society International Conference 2016. Poster Presentation.

Fine-Scale Site Fidelity Among Northern Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo State Park. Teng Keng Vang, Caroline Casey, Patrick Robinson, Dan Costa. University of California, Santa Cruz. 7th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation.

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Happy Whale Photo Identification Intern Fall 2016 (www.happywhale.com) Based out of Santa Cruz

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

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