Soufiane Abdoulhouda

UC LEADS Scholar - Graduate of Class 2013

Lab Group: Ottemann Lab

Major: Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology


Presentations and Awards:

Defining the Role of Unknown Drosophila Melanogaster Gene CG8671 in dsRNA uptake and antiviral RNA Interference. Soufiane Aboulhouda, Michel Tassetto and Raul Andino. Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of California, San Francisco. 2013 UC LEADS Statewide Symposium.  UC Santa Cruz.


Alex Bardales

UC LEADS Scholar. Class of 2015. Transfer Student from Santa Rosa Junior College

Lab Group: Gabriel Elkaim Lab

Major: Electrical Engineering


Internships/ Presentations/ Awards:

CANaconda: An Open-source Solution for Viewing CAN Messages. Alex Bardales, Bryant Mairs, and Gabriel Elkaim. Summer Research Symposium, Univeristy of California-Santa Cruz, Summer 2013.


Summer Research at University of California-Merced, Summer 2014

Summer Research Experience.  UC Santa Cruz.  Summer 2013.

Panathda Bayrasy

UC LEADS Scholar - Graduate of Class 2013.

Lab Group: Professor Singaram Lab 

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research: The selective and partial reduction of aromatic and aliphatic nitriles, halides, and carbonyl compounds through the generation of dichloroindium hydride (HInCl2) from indium trichloride (InCl3) and various reducing agents.

Internships/ Presentations/ Awards:

The selective and partial reduction of nitriles. Generation of HInCl2 via the reduction of InCl3 with either: NaBH4, DIBAL-H, or LAB reagent, Panathda V, Bayrasy, Singaram Bakthan,The University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. 2011 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium. Aug. 12, 2011. University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. Poster Presentation.

Michael Flores

UC LEADS Scholar- Graduate of Class 2013

Lab Group: Mike Isaacson

Major: Electrical Engineering


Internships, Awards and Presentations:

DC/DC Converter for Low Power Energy Devices and Power Harvesters.  Michael Flores, Andrew Chang and Rajeevan Amirtharajah.  2013 UC LEADS Statewide Symposium. Santa Cruz, CA

Summer Research at UC Davis.  Micropower Circuits and Systems Group (MCSG).

2012 UC LEADS Statewide Symposium.  San Diego, CA

Jenny Anne Maun

UC LEADS Scholar. Class of 2015.

Lab Group:

Major: Bioengineering

Research: My research is about the study of pathological synergies of the affected upper-limb acquired from stroke. We study the kinematics of upper-limb movements but in particular we study the muscle co-activations, or the muscles that the brain signals to contract, in every day movements such as elbow flexion, shoulder abduction, wrist pronation, and other common motions. Our goal is to compare these stroke synergies with the healthy synergies that our non-stroke subjects have and see which particular muscle groups are and are not activated. A technique we are using to analyze data is called Non-Negative Matrix Factorization (NMF). This is an algorithm which searches and sorts for items that may have similarities. We want to find these similarities and differences to see if there are any pattern recognitions. We are using a measuring tool called variability accounted for (VAF) to compare how approximate our model created by the NMF is to our original data in terms of muscle activation, controls, force, and length.

Internships/ Presentations/ Awards:

Effects of Load on Wear of Cartilage in the Rabbit Hemi-Condyle. Jenny Anne C Maun, Michele M Temple-Wong, Koichi Masuda, Robert L Sah, UC San Diego Summer Research Conference, August 2014.

Comparing Simple-Isolated Joint Movement to Complicated Multi-Joint Movement in Stroke Synergies. Jenny Anne Maun, Matt Simkins, and Jacob Rosen. UC LEADS 2014 Statewide Symposium, Riverside, CA.

Non-Negative Matrix Factorization on Stroke Synergies. Jenny Anne Maun, Matt Simkins, and Jacob Rosen. ABRCMS 2013, Nashville, TN.

Non-negative Matrix Factorization on Stroke Synergies. Jenny Anne Maun, Matt Simkins, and Jacob Rosen. Summer Research Symposium, Univeristy of California-Santa Cruz, 2013


Outstanding Research Poster 2014 UC LEADS Research and Leadership Symposium.

ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students) Poster Presentation Award Recipient 2013 - Engineering, Physics, Mathematics Awardee.


Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS), UC San Diego, Summer 2014.

Summer Research Experience, UC Santa Cruz, Summer 2013

Linda Munoz

UC LEADS Scholar - Graduate of Class 2013

Lab Group: Yat Li

Majors: Chemistry & Earth Science 

Research: My research is on titanium dioxide dye-sensitized solar cells. We are working on an alternative, efficient, and environmentally friendly way of converting sunlight into energy.

Internships/ Presentations/ Awards

Optimizing 3D Nickel Foam Bioanode for Microbial Fuel Cells. Munoz, L., Wang, H., Li, Y. 2013 UC LEADS Statewide Symosium.  Santa Cruz, CA. 

SACNAS 2012 National Conference.  Seattle, Washington.  Poster presenter and NASA travel scholarship awardee.

UC LEADS Summer Research Experience.  University of California San Diego.  Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Distinguished Professor Miriam Kastner

UC LEADS 2012 Statewide Symposium.  San Diego, CA.

UC LEADS Summer Research Experience. University of California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA. June 20-August 12.


Javier Portillo

UC LEADS Scholar. Class of 2015. Transfer Student from Riverside Community College

Lab Group: Camilia Forsberg Lab

Major: Neuroscience


Internships/ Presentations/ Awards:




Andrea Reyes-Ortiz

UC LEADS ScholarClass of 2015.

Major: Bioengineering

Research Group: Jonathan Zehr Group

Research: Approximately 78% of Earth’s atmosphere is made up of nitrogen, but atmospheric nitrogen has limited availability for biological use. This nitrogen limitation affects the rate of important biogeochemical processes. Ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) are involved in a key step of the oceanic nitrogen cycle, nitrification. In the Monterey Bay region, a correlation between chlorophyll concentration and AOA has been documented during a phytoplankton bloom. Since ammonia was never measured in this study, it remains undetermined whether AOA were abundant due to increased ammonia in those waters, or due to a specific relationship between AOA and phytoplankton. Such a relationship would result in decreased ammonia uptake by the associated phytoplankton and have implications for carbon fixation rates. In order to investigate this potential relationship, quantitative PCR was used to quantify AOA distributions using the ammonia monooxygenase (amoA) genes within samples taken from an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) in 2011 and the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) in 2012. Data from AUV samples taken in high ammonia, low chlorophyll regions and the reverse, show a positive correlation between AOA and ammonia and an unexpected negative correlation with chlorophyll. We contribute this to the intermediate upwelling conditions during sampling and hypothesize that a positive correlation with chlorophyll may only exist during high stratification or bloom conditions.  Therefore we will also present amoAassays optimized on the ESP for deployment in more stratified conditions in Monterey Bay in September 2012 as well as AOA data from AUV samples collected during this same field program. A specific bloom-dependent positive correlation between AOA and chlorophyll would implicate ammonia oxidation activity as an important negative feedback to phytoplankton blooms.


Examining the relationship of ammonia-oxidizing archaea to ammonia and phytoplankton in Monterey Bay using autonomous instrumentation. Andrea Reyes-Ortiz, Julie Robidart, Jonathan Zehr. UC LEADS 2013 Statewide Symposium, Santa Cruz, CA.

Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium. Summer 2012.  UC Santa Cruz.


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