Allen Aboytes 

UC LEADS Scholar-Junior

Lab Group:

Major: Computer Engineering

Research: 

 

Internships/ Presentations/ Awards:

Countersurveilence Measures for Locating IMSI-catchers. Allen Aboytes, Anastasia McTaggart, Darrell Long, and Ethan Miller, Computer EngineeringUniversity of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Science Summer Research Syposium, 2017. Poster Presentation

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

 


Melvin Abzun

UC LEADS Scholar-Senior

Lab Group: Roberto Bogomolni Lab

Major: Electrical Engineering

Research: 

Internships/ Presentations/ Awards:

Miniaturized 3-Dimensional Fluorescence Microscope. Melvin Abzun, Kyrollos Yanny, Fanglin Liu, and Laura Waller, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley. University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Science Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation.

Creating a Hands-on Demonstration Bench to Teach Basic Optics and Optical Systems Design. Melvin Abzun, Marc Reinig, Joel Kubby. W.M. Keck Center for Adaptive Optical Microscopy Internship, 2016. Poster Present.

Creating a Hands-on Demonstration Bench to Teach Basic Optics and Optical Systems Design. Melvin Abzun, Marc Reinig, Joel Kubby. University of California, Santa Cruz, 7th Annual Physical and Biological Science Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation.

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


Jessie Ciscneros Solis

UC LEADS Scholar-Senior

Lab Group: Joel Kubby Lab

Major: Physics

Research: 

Internships/ Presentations/ Awards:

Adaptive Optics enhance structural imaging of Drosophila melanogaster mushroom bodies. Jessie Cisneros Solis, Sammy W. Novak, Xiaodong Tao and Joel Kubby. 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 


Maria Gonzalez

UC LEADS Scholar-Junior

Lab Group: Hinrich Boeger

Major: Biochemistry & Molecualr Biology

Research: 

Looking at the intrinsic noise of Chd1 on the Pho5 gene. Chd1 is a chromatin remodeler, and so it’s present during transcription. To look at how Chd1 works during transcription, we measure the protein intrinsic noise of a chd1 mutant. By looking at the intrinsic noise of Pho5, we can better understand the mechanism of transcription as regulated by Chd1.

Internships/ Presentations/ Awards:

The Intrinsic Role of Chromatin Remodeler Chd1 in Transcription. Fernanda Gonzalez, Robert Shelansky, Michael Doody, and Hinrich Boeger, 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 Experience 2017, University of California-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. Summer 2017

UCSF SRTP, Summer 2016 

MD Anderson CRIPT-CURE, Summer 2015


Diana Lucas Baca

UC LEADS Scholar-Junior

Lab Group: Raskatov Lab

Major: Chemistry

Research: 

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease that causes memory loss and worsens over time affecting crucial synaptic functions, ultimately leading to a significant decrease in brain tissue. AD typically affects people at the age of 60 and older, but it can also affect people as young as 40 and 50 years of age. The loss of brain tissue is associated to two neuronal proteins, the tau protein that occurs intracellular and the amyloid-beta protein that occurs extracellular, which take part in the pathological aspect of Alzheimer’s that leads to the death of the neuron. We focus our research in the amyloid-beta protein, consisting of 40 – 42 amino acids, which has been found to self-aggregate forming toxic oligomeric species, fibrils and consequently neurofibrillary plaques. Its short sequence allows us to synthesize it and purify it to perform a series of biophysical experiments that will provide mechanistic details of great interest to better understand this protein structure and toxicity.

Internships/ Presentations/ Awards:

Synthesis and Biophysical Techniques for Alzheimer's A-Beta Peptide. University of California, Santa Cruz, 7th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation  

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

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


Angela Rodriguez 

UC LEADS Scholar-Junior

Lab Group:

Major: Computer Engineering

Research:  

Internships/ Presentations/ Awards:

Inversion of DC to AC Voltage Using Hybrid Model Predictive Control Under Varying Loads. Angela Rodriguez and Ricardo Sanfelice, Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz, 8th Annual Physical and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2017. Poster Presentation 

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


Valentin Urena Baltazar

UC LEADS Scholar-Senior 

Lab Group: Frank Bridges Lab

Major: Physics

Research: 

In our lab we conduct analysis of local structure in the various metal compounds using Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) Spectroscopy. This summer I examined the local structure of Cu10Zn2Sb4S13, or more formally known as Tetrahedrite. Tetrahedrites are a class of naturally occurring minerals with high thermoelectric efficiency. Thermoelectric materials are used in devices which convert heat to electricity directly via the Seebeck effect, and also for cooling without a refrigerant via the Peltier effect. We examine pure Cu12Sb4S13 and  zinc doped Cu10Zn2Sb4S13 tetrahedrite to better understand the metal to semiconductor transition at T~90K in the pure tetrahedrite. The copper atoms in the crystal are arranged in a tetrahedral structure (Cu1) neighboring four sulfur atoms and in a triangle (Cu2) neighboring three sulfurs. Understanding why the transition is suppressed upon doping will shed light on the structural properties of the tetrahedrite. To probe the crystal structure, X-ray spectroscopy data of the tetrahedrite Cu10Zn2Sb4S13 were collected at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL). The photoelectrons ejected by the x-rays are used to probe the local structure of around the excited zinc atom. We then analyze the data from the zinc absorption edge using the EXAFS method. Preliminary results suggest that the zinc atoms mostly occupy Cu1 sites and a smaller fraction of the zinc replaces Cu2 sites.

Internships/ Presentations/ Awards:

Analysis of Local Structure in Tetrahedrite Using Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) Spectroscopy. Long Beach, SACNAS National Conference, 2016. Poster Presentation.

Analysis of Local Structure in Tetrahedrite Using Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) Spectroscopy. University of California, Santa Cruz. 7th Annual Physics and Biological Sciences Summer Research Symposium, 2016. Poster Presentation.

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


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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